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Great Northwest Athletic Conference Headquarters Relocates to Portland

The Great Northwest Athletic Conference, the only NCAA Division II conference in the Pacific Northwest, has relocated to Portland after 12 years in Spokane, Wash., commissioner Dave Haglund announced. Haglund, who took over as the conference’s chief administrative officer in January, oversaw the relocation of the conference headquarters. Haglund’s career in college athletics has included stints at the University of Maryland, Fresno State University and the Cascade Collegiate Conference. The…

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Hillsboro sets stage for baseball’s return to Portland metro area

Hillsboro took another step toward bringing short-season Single-A baseball to the city by June 2013, as the City Council unanimously approved a 20-year offer sheet at its meeting Tuesday as well as an agreement to award construction of a new baseball stadium at the Gordon Faber Recreation Complex. City Councilor Aron Carleson said she was “very honored that Yakima has chosen us,” and Hillsboro Mayor Jerry Willey and Councilor Nenice…

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OSAA Foundation Reunites with Oregon Sports Authority

The OSAA Foundation has reunited with the Oregon Sports Authority Foundation to help students around the state participate in activities. The Oregon Sports Authority Foundation has granted $10,000 for the 2010-11 school year towards the Student Assistance Program. “We are very excited to have the Oregon Sports Authority Foundation join us in helping underserved students around the state,” said OSAA Foundation President Tom Welter. “In these economic times, students are…

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Video: What about the Beavers?

The City of Portland ironed out a final deal with Merritt Paulson to renovate PGE Park for Major League Soccer, but the Portland Beavers AAA baseball team are still looking for a home. Click below to watch the story on KGW.com.

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Beaverton stadium negotiations suspended

Earlier today Portland Beavers owner Merritt Paulson notified Beaverton city officials of his intention to suspend negotiations for a new stadium in Beaverton. As detailed in a letter sent to Beaverton officials, it has become clear that a stadium site cannot be secured, nor is there adequate time for the entire process to move ahead with a public vote. While this is no doubt a very disappointing development, the Oregon…

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It fits Beaverton like a glove – Oregonian Editorial

The ability to catch is sometimes underrated both in baseball and in urban affairs. As legendary manager Casey Stengel once put it, “Why has our pitching been so great? Our catcher, that’s why. He looks cumbersome” — Stengel was talking about Yogi Berra — “but he’s quick as a cat.” We got to thinking about that this week because, even as we speak, a huge opportunity is hurtling toward Beaverton.…

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News Release – Preliminary deal reached for Beaverton stadium

Together with business and community leaders, Mayor Denny Doyle announced today that the City of Beaverton has reached a preliminary understanding with Peregrine LLC to help build a new publicly-owned multi-purpose venue in Beaverton to hold concerts, community activities, amateur and youth sporting events as well as become the new home to Triple-A baseball in Oregon. Peregrine LLC (Portland Beavers baseball) would become the primary tenant and contribute $9 million…

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Stadium deal is $59 million

The deal proposed to bring the Portland Beavers to Beaverton is estimated to cost $59 million with taxpayers expected to foot nearly 60 percent of the bill through higher property and utility taxes for 25 years. The deal revealed Monday is drastically different for taxpayers than the one team owner Merritt Paulson had negotiated during his stalled discussions with Portland. That’s because Portland leaders planned to dip into urban renewal…

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Beaverton reaches preliminary deal with Beavers for stadium

Portland Beavers owner Merritt Paulson and Beaverton negotiators have reached terms for a preliminary deal to pay for a new baseball stadium, but the would-be agreement does not include a ballpark location. Beaverton City Council President Bruce Dalrymple said Friday that the surprise deal will be discussed but not decided by policymakers at a special meeting Tuesday. Dalrymple refused to say how much the stadium package would cost or how…

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It’s essential to keep the Beavers in town – Harvey Platt

While I offer my support to Mayor Denny Doyle and members of the Beaverton City Council for the development of a public facility in Beaverton that can accommodate the Portland Beavers baseball team, I may also have a different perspective than many other people on this issue. At the kickoff rally I attended at Beaverton High School in August to bring baseball to our community, I brought along a 1946…

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Bring the Beavers to Beaverton – Campaign Update

Last night, Oregon Sports Authority CEO Drew Mahalic presented to the Beaverton City Council a report on the substantial progress made thus far by the campaign to bring the Beavers to Beaverton. He detailed the extensive number of individuals and businesses that have endorsed the campaign, as well as the impressive amount of positive feedback received by the City Council. Drew also delivered to the council letters from the mayors…

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Rumors swirl about moving Triple-A baseball to Beaverton

Unconfirmed speculation is still the rule of the day when it comes to the proposed Triple-A baseball stadium in Beaverton – and it doesn’t seem like the council meeting on Monday will do much to change that. Though rumors are swirling around about a council agenda item regarding moving forward on the condemnation process for land near the former Westgate Theater site, Amy Miner, public information manager for the city,…

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There’s no crying over Portland-area baseball sites

Minor league baseball in Beaverton or Clackamas County? Portland Beavers owner Merritt Paulson may get to choose. On Thursday, Clackamas County officials confirmed they have approached the Triple-A baseball team’s owner to discuss relocation options along Interstate 205 and the soon-to-open light rail line. But those talks are preliminary, county leaders say, and thus far have not generated as much buzz as efforts in Beaverton. Clackamas County’s interest is the…

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Bring the Beavers to Beaverton – Campaign Update, Sept. 3

Pacific Coast League President Branch Rickey will arrive in Beaverton next week to meet with members of the City Council and speak at a reception hosted by the Oregon Sports Authority, Beaverton Area Chamber of Commerce, Westside Economic Alliance and Washington County Visitors Association. Click below to view the entire campaign update.

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Bring the Beavers to Beaverton – Campaign Update, Aug. 27

Momentum continues to build following last week’s official launch of the campaign to bring the Beavers to Beaverton. Within days of the announcement, the Beaverton Area Chamber of Commerce and Washington County Visitors Association (WCVA) formally expressed their support, joining an already impressive list of campaign partners, advisory board members and supporters. Click below to view the entire campaign update.

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Talks heat up over plan to bring baseball stadium to Beaverton

The hits for Triple-A Beaverton Beavers baseball – and the possible construction of a stadium – just keep on coming. This week saw the launch of the Oregon Sports Authority’s official campaign to bring the Beavers to Beaverton and a presentation at council that forecasted a new dynamic: a multi-use stadium as the central feature for wide-ranging downtown redevelopment. Opponents of a stadium at the former Westgate theater site, near…

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Campaign for Beaverton baseball gains momentum, controversy

The baseball grandstanding began today as a sports advocacy group and local politicians launched a campaign to move the Portland Beavers to Beaverton. But in the backdrop: Picketing small-business owners concerned that one possible stadium location could cost them their jobs. The dueling scenes played out under scorching conditions at the Beaverton High School baseball diamond, where the Oregon Sports Authority began rallying efforts to support moving minor league baseball…

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The Beavers’ future resides in Beaverton – Drew Mahalic

The recent resolution by the Portland City Council paving the way for the renovation of PGE Park and the acquisition of a Major League Soccer expansion franchise marked a tremendous accomplishment for the city — one that the Oregon Sports Authority is proud to be a part of. Now it’s time for us to ensure the future of the 100-year tradition that is Portland Beavers baseball. That future resides in…

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Oregon Sports Authority Launches Campaign to Bring the Beavers to Beaverton

Today the Oregon Sports Authority officially announced the launch of a public campaign to bring the Portland Beavers to Beaverton.  Backed by a 39-member advisory board composed of business, community and youth sports leaders, the goal of the campaign is to organize and activate support among both individuals and businesses to provide a coordinated voice for those who want to see Beaverton become the future home of the Beavers.  The…

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Beaverton adds Oregon Sports Authority to its baseball lineup

Beaverton’s plan to bring the Portland Beavers to the suburbs is getting a big assist. The Oregon Sports Authority launches Tuesday a campaign to help the city attract the Triple-A baseball team. The statewide group hopes to keep the baseball team in the region, said Drew Mahalic, the group’s chief executive director. “The core of our mission is to make sure that we preserve Triple-A baseball in Oregon, and Beaverton…

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Beaverton better than Lents, and may be only place for Beavers

If it were the film industry, you might call it “Romancing the Stone,” or something of that ilk. If you consider “stone” or “rock” a suitable synonym for a baseball, it works. And guess what? Beaverton has embraced them – or at the least the possibilities. “We’re making a serious effort to make (a move to Beaverton) happen,” Beaverton Mayor Denny Doyle said Thursday. “We have to keep the Beavers…

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Paulson says Beavers will help bring identity to Beaverton

Portland Beavers owner Merritt Paulson broke his one-month silence Thursday about moving his baseball team to Beaverton, saying the potential partnership could help reinvigorate the city and give it an identity. “In my mind, unequivocally,” Paulson said, “the facility would be a grand slam for the city of Beaverton.” Yet from his office overlooking PGE Park in Portland, Paulson also said he has “not totally given up on Multnomah County,”…

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Beaverton gets the ball rolling for Beavers’ baseball

The Beaverton City Council voted Monday night to spend nearly $100,000 to get the ball rolling to bring the Portland Beavers to town. With a 4-0 vote and one abstaining, the Triple-A baseball team is one step closer to calling Beaverton home. The issue at hand pending $90,000 in legal fees to explore whether Beaverton is a good fit for a minor league baseball stadium. One of the sites under…

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Beaverton mayor says city could pay for Beavers stadium

Mayor Denny Doyle on Tuesday said the city could afford to build a baseball stadium for the Portland Beavers, and is looking at two privately owned locations in addition to the publicly owned Westgate site. “The whole idea is to make this pencil so that it doesn’t cost the taxpayers any money — at the end of 25 years,” said Doyle, who returned Monday night from a European business trip.…

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Beaverton steps up to the plate

In case you haven’t talked to any baseball fans lately, take it from us: There are a lot of irritated followers of the Portland Beavers out there. They are unhappy about any prospect that the team could move away from Portland, and almost as unhappy about any proposal to relocate the team to the farthest fringes of the region. See, we have this habit here, bolstered by decades of regional…

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Bringing baseball to Beaverton might be a bit of a squeeze play

Long before anyone from this city began believing in minor league baseball, city leaders had big-league ideas for property next to the Round at Beaverton Central. But now, all that’s on hold as officials hope to lure the Portland Beavers Triple-A franchise to their ‘burb, if Portland policymakers are unable to find a suitable location for a stadium by Aug. 1. Beaverton’s proactive pitch to Beavers’ owner Merritt Paulson may…

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Beaverton in running for new Beavers baseball stadium

Beaverton has entered the picture as the possible new home for the Portland Beavers. Beaverton Mayor Denny Doyle is pitching his city as an ideal setting for minor league baseball when the Beavers leave PGE Park. And team owner Merritt Paulson is interested. “I believe a Beaverton home for the Beavers could present a tremendous fit for both the local community and our organization,” Paulson said in a July 13…

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Portland still searching for just-right site for baseball stadium

It may take a little magic to find a big enough piece of property for a new minor league baseball stadium in Portland. The land must be large enough to accommodate a 6,500- to 9,000-seat stadium and at least 1,500 parking spaces, have access to light rail and other mass transit and be centrally located. If it’s owned by the city, all the better, because buying the 10 to 20…

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Beavers baseball may hinge on Lents decision

A decision is due this week on whether the Portland Beavers get a new baseball stadium in the Lents neighborhood.   If the answer is “no,” it’s starting to look like Portland will need to let go of the minor league baseball team.   In the event citizen advisors vote to block the new baseball stadium in Lents this week, only City Commissioner Randy Leonard has committed to keeping the Beavers in…

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Rose Quarter plan shields coliseum

Memorial Coliseum is spared. The Rose Quarter is officially off the table as a possible site for a new Triple A baseball stadium, Mayor Sam Adams said Wednesday. The city and the Portland Trail Blazers are negotiating an agreement for redeveloping the area that would take advantage of the coliseum building, perhaps updating or redesigning it, Adams said. “Our goal is to keep it, at least the skin,” Adams said.…

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Vote on stadium delayed; Lents Park site back on the table

Mayor Sam Adams and sports team owner Merritt Paulson agreed Thursday to indefinitely delay a City Council vote on where to put a new minor league baseball park so they can explore the once-discarded option of Southeast Portland’s Lents Park. In an effort to save Memorial Coliseum, Adams and his planning team have been trying all week to squeeze the baseball stadium into a parcel just north of the coliseum.…

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Talk of compromise, new deal delays vote on Coliseum’s fate

The fate of the 48-year-old Memorial Coliseum will wait another week as Portland’s City Council considers alternatives to a plan that would demolish the building to build a new baseball stadium in the Rose Quarter. Portland’s City Council has postponed for a week its decision on the proposed Major League Soccer deal, including the site of a new Triple-A baseball stadium. The council was scheduled to approve Wednesday morning a…

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Bring the Beavers to the Rose Quarter

As Portland finalizes a decision on the specific Rose Quarter site to build a new and better home for the Portland Beavers, let’s first remember what the team already means to Portland and acknowledge the many benefits that will result from retiring Memorial Coliseum and building an intimate new stadium with downtown views for Triple A baseball, outdoor summer concerts, youth sports and other events. Since 1903, the Beavers have…

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Portland considers Rose Quarter for baseball stadium

The Rose Quarter is now in the running for a new minor league baseball stadium as the city and the Trail Blazers explore how to boost business in the underperforming eastside entertainment zone. The area has struggled to attract people to restaurants and shops on nights when the Rose Garden doesn’t have a basketball game or concert. The Blazers wouldn’t own the baseball stadium; the city of Portland would. But…

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PGE Park to host Papé Grand Slam next March

The Oregon State baseball team will play host to perennial Midwest power Missouri State in a three-game series at PGE Park during the second-annual Papé Grand Slam, March 13-15, 2009, it was announced today. Game times and ticket information will be announced at a later date and will be available at www.pgepark.com and www.portlandbeavers.com. Last year, the inaugural Papé Grand Slam provided a celebrated launch to the PGE Park season…

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Love of baseball seeds dreams

Keenan Longcor would always feel a little nostalgic twinge when he drove past a baseball field. It would remind him of the great times he’d spent with his son, Ben, bonding over their shared love of baseball. A good many of us understand. Baseball is one of those generational things – a shared passion that fathers and sons and mothers and daughters and grandfathers and grandchildren can relate to. A…

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Triple A All-Star Game on the way

The Triple A baseball All-Star Game is coming back to one of the cities where it all started. The new ownership of the Portland Beavers baseball club teamed with Portland Mayor Tom Potter and the president of the Pacific Coast League on Tuesday to announce that Portland — one of the original PCL teams in 1903 — will host the 2009 Triple A All-Star Game. But when Portland’s first All-Star…

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Letting Portland in on a secret

Merritt Paulson’s friends and family quickly speak of the 34-year-old’s energy when describing the new majority owner of the Portland Beavers. Paulson will need all that zeal as he begins the task of invigorating a franchise that has had three owners in six years and has struggled to find a better niche in a market dominated by the Trail Blazers and the Pacific-10 Conference. Tonight at PGE Park, Paulson begins…

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Owner acquires potential gold mine

It was amusing to note that when the Portland Beavers and Timbers changed hands last week, a whole lot of people seemed to think it was a sign that there was something wrong with our minor-league franchises. Nothing could be further from the truth. This wasn’t some sort of bargain-basement fire sale. This wasn’t a case of “Out of business – everything must go!” It was a shrewd investment paying…

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Award Recognizes Coaches’ and Volunteers’ Contributions

Friends of Baseball (FOB) has partnered with the Portland Beavers and the Oregon Sports Authority Foundation to present the first annual Coach and Volunteer of the Year Awards to two individual honorees who have made a significant contribution to youth baseball and softball. These individuals will join a group of finalists from our region to celebrate what giving back to youth baseball means in our community. The awards will be…

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Beavers, Timbers get new owner

Merritt Paulson, the son of Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, today will be introduced as majority owner and president of the city’s minor league baseball team, the Portland Beavers, and its professional soccer franchise, the Portland Timbers. The surprise deal, announced Monday, puts two recently unstable franchises in the hands of Merritt Paulson, 34, a former director of marketing and entertainment for NBA Entertainment, who for at least the past year…

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