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    LumberJax done in Portland, team announces

    by Aaron Fentress, The Oregonian
    Monday May 04, 2009, 5:20 PM

    The LumberJax' four-year run in Portland is over.

    Add the Portland LumberJax to the long list of minor professional sports franchises to fail here.

    A year after reaching the National Lacrosse League championship game and three days after hosting their first home playoff game since their inaugural season in 2006, the LumberJax announced Monday that they will seek another city to call home after failing to generate enough revenue to survive financially in Portland.

    Team executive vice president Brian Silcott said today that the current economic climate has dramatically affected the team's ability to attract investors and sponsors in Portland, forcing the team to look for other backers in other cities, with Seattle being a potential destination. Outright sale of the team also is an option.

    However, the team's financial woes began long before the economy went into decline, Silcott said.

    "I would say it didn't create it but it was adding a little lighter fluid to a problem that already existed," he said.

    Sponsorship dollars declined this season about $300,000, according to Silcott. Also, the team lost other services and marketing/promotional opportunities that made the overall impact even greater.

    The 2008 season proved successful on the field where the team went 9-7 and finished second in the National Lacrosse League's Western Division. Strong performances at home boosted ticket sales and revenues. But that did not offset the revenue lost from would-be sponsors tightening their belts in a weak economy.

    The team spent the past few weeks exploring financial solutions that would allow it to remain in Portland but could not identify enough sponsors and investors willing to back the team at the levels needed for it to stay.

    "Without a evidence that things were going to change on the sponsorship side, the board wasn't in real good peace of mind to say we could turn it around next year," he said.

    Silcott said the NLL has a June 1 deadline for notification of intent.

    The LumberJax inaugural season came in 2006. The team made the playoffs in three out of four seasons, reaching the NLL finals in 2008. The Jax four-year regular season record was 30-34.

    Team managing partner Angela Batinovich has not given up on the Jax franchise.

    Folding the team, founded in 2005 by managing partner Angela Batinovich, is not an option at this point, according to Silcott.

    "A tremendous amount has been put into this both on the financial side and the emotional and personal side by Angela and her family," Silcott said. "The prospect of letting it go is not being looked at favorably."

    Said Batinovich through a press release: "We are entertaining many different avenues for the future of this franchise. We believe in this sport, this league and this team."

    When the team was formed, Batinovich, then 24, became the youngest owner in professional team sports and that first season, which produced an 11-5 record, was named NLL executive of the year.

    The league has 12 teams but has undergone many different looks over the years with teams folding or moving. Now the Jax can be added to that list. But it did have a following.

    Silcott said attendance, which reached an average of 7,200 this season, was satisfactory and the team believed a fan base was being developed. Oregon has become somewhat of a hot spot for lacrosse with more than 40 high schools having varsity teams and heavy interest in youth camps.

    "What has been really difficult is that we have been growing that core fan base," Silcott said.

    Now the trick is finding a city that offers both fan and sponsorship support. It could be found up north.

    "Seattle is an option that is definitely on the table," he said. "But it is a long way from being a done deal and is one of several options."

    Deborah Daoust, director of communications for the Seattle Center, which includes Key Arena, said she had not heard anything about a lacrosse team playing there next season.

    According to an anonymous team source, Batinovich addressed the players about a potential move after their home playoff loss to San Jose on Friday. Attempts made Saturday to verify rumors that the team could move to Seattle were met with a statement from Jax media relations manager Steven Masters that the team did not, as a rule, respond to rumors.

    Sunday, however, another source verified that the team could move but nothing was set in stone.

    On Monday, the announcement came.

    Defender Brodie Merrill, reached by phone Monday, confirmed that the team was addressed Friday but declined to comment further because players had been instructed by team management not to discuss the team's pending move.

    NLL commissioner George Daniel could not be reached.

    The loss of a tenant was not good news for the Rose Garden, according to Jay Isaac, senior vice president for business affairs for Portland Arena Management.

    "We're very concerned about it," he said. "They've been a great tenant for us. They are certainly a tenant we 'd like to keep. We understand the financial challenges they are facing. We've tried to support them whenever we could."

    Isaac said efforts had been made to assist the Jax, including offering increased spots in Trail Blazers media for free and use of additional suites for Jax promotions.

    "We cut a very good rent deal for them to the point where it was just about a break even for us," Isaac said.

    Silcott said an offer was made to involve Blazers owner Paul Allen as a part-owner of the Jax, which was declined. Isaac said such an endeavor was unrealistic given the upward trajectory of the Trail Blazers franchise.

    "We just would have been a distraction for them, I think," Silcott said.

    Silcott said the team would leave the city with no lingering debts.

    -- Aaron Fentress: 503-221-8211; aaronfentress@news.oregonian.com

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    Posted by ezraship on 05/04/09 at 4:04PM

    Bring on the MLS!!!! They'll be gone too in a few years. When will this city realize that the fringe sports they bring in eventually all fail? The Rage, Fire, Lumberjax, Pride, Prowlers...too many to mention - I've lived in this city for way too long.

    Posted by wsedrf12 on 05/04/09 at 4:07PM

    If only the city could have built them a new stadium, backed with our general fund dollars. We could tear down that ugly Bagdad Theater and put a lacrosse arena in.

    Posted by bennynation on 05/04/09 at 4:11PM

    You forgot about the Forest Dragons...wha wha whaaaaaa.

    Posted by vikmania on 05/04/09 at 4:11PM

    I agree with the post above. These minor league sports will never make the kind of money these people seem to think they will. I am a little surprised with the quick move to Seattle when we're averaging over 7,000 fans. Smells like maybe the ownership is in a little over her head.

    Posted by rolandson on 05/04/09 at 4:14PM

    Toss in a hotel and we are guaranteed many years worth of explanations and buck passing from those who sit on our city council.

    Posted by pdxnoz on 05/04/09 at 4:30PM

    Sorry to the players and other people hit by the Jax leaving Portland but lacrosse is like watching a cross between soccer, hockey and WWF..

    Posted by PSCFlounder on 05/04/09 at 4:34PM

    Is the beautiful Angela Batinovich a graduate of Haaaaaaaaaavaaaaaaard?

    Posted by OregoNative1 on 05/04/09 at 4:40PM

    My take is that watching arena lacrosse and comparing it to real lacrosse which is played in a field is like comparing field hockey to ice hockey. Two different games which are not comparable to play or therefore, watch. I offered to take my sons at different times to see the Jax and they had no interest. They play the "real" game they said and this wasn't it. We never saw one game.

    Posted by osuengineer on 05/04/09 at 4:49PM

    Re: "The Rage, Fire, Lumberjax, Pride, Prowlers...too many to mention"

    The Breakers (USFL), Timbers (NASL), Thunder & Storm (WFL) to name a few more...

    And while I am somewhat happy for soccer fans that they get to watch the MLS now, it is "major league" in name only and will likely be yet another money-pit for the city and taxpayers. After all, if it was such a great deal, why would a private owner even need help from the city? Shouldn't private investors be willing to back a clear winner, if that's what it is? Obviously it is because people investing their own money know it's not a good deal so the owners are forced to look to people willing to invest other people's money (i.e. the government).

    Posted by Hatzman on 05/04/09 at 5:23PM

    Lacrosse=soccer, duh!

    Posted by DeekBender on 05/04/09 at 5:30PM

    Well, you can just add this to the ever-growing list of failed sports in Portland including women's basketball, arena football and roller hockey. Next on the list? Professional soccer.

    Posted by rageman on 05/04/09 at 5:32PM

    Too funny...I was an exec with the Rage and financially it is extremely hard to make money at the Rose Garden or MC the way the leases are structured. Jax gave it the best shot of any of those fledgling franchises. Minor sports have virtually no chance of making money in Portland. MLS deal smells rotten. PGE is a fantastic facility just the way it is. We just spent about 40 million 7 years ago to fix it up. By my math Timbers will be lucky to double average attendance to $13,000 which PGE can sustain. We had that for the Beaver/Duck baseball series and bathroom concession lines were tolerable. This whole thing about MLS saying we must have a soccer only facility is a bully tactic. I could understand if it was the MLS or NFL saying this...but MLS?...What a joke. Many NFL and MLB teams have shared facities for years. I agree that minor league baseball is much more enjoyable in a more intimate setting but Portlanders would be settling short here. The only tax deal we would support would be a facility for MLB and we should knock the downtown post office down and put it there. Great for a grwoing Pearl district business' and can take advantage of current parking at Rose quarter. USPS will be a mere skeleton of itself in 10 years and a better site would be out by airport anyway. The Pearl residents can't stand the constant noise from the trucks.

    Posted by rageman on 05/04/09 at 5:33PM

    Too funny...I was an exec with the Rage and financially it is extremely hard to make money at the Rose Garden or MC the way the leases are structured. Jax gave it the best shot of any of those fledgling franchises. Minor sports have virtually no chance of making money in Portland. MLS deal smells rotten. PGE is a fantastic facility just the way it is. We just spent about 40 million 7 years ago to fix it up. By my math Timbers will be lucky to double average attendance to $13,000 which PGE can sustain. We had that for the Beaver/Duck baseball series and bathroom concession lines were tolerable. This whole thing about MLS saying we must have a soccer only facility is a bully tactic. I could understand if it was the MLS or NFL saying this...but MLS?...What a joke. Many NFL and MLB teams have shared facities for years. I agree that minor league baseball is much more enjoyable in a more intimate setting but Portlanders would be settling short here. The only tax deal we would support would be a facility for MLB and we should knock the downtown post office down and put it there. Great for a grwoing Pearl district business' and can take advantage of current parking at Rose quarter. USPS will be a mere skeleton of itself in 10 years and a better site would be out by airport anyway. The Pearl residents can't stand the constant noise from the trucks.

    Posted by ctesiphon on 05/04/09 at 5:34PM

    What? No bailout?

    Posted by serasee on 05/04/09 at 5:35PM

    As a Jax fan, I am completely ill. Though the sport in Portland obviously has some dissenters (or people who are plain disinterested), I find it a fast-paced, exciting game that requires a great deal of strength and skill. I watch both field (outdoor) and indoor lacrosse and find them both enjoyable -- this is coming from someone who was an NBA fan for years, too ... nowadays, I'd much rather watch modestly-paid NLL players compete in a sport they love. And, ideally, I'd love the rest of the world to appreciate the sport as much as I and many, many of my friends.


    Posted by GK107 on 05/04/09 at 5:36PM

    Only people who care little for sports would make such a mistake as comparing lacrosse to hockey. Lacrosse has sticks, like hockey, but hey, apparently, it's Ok to be completely clueless.

    I'm sorry to see the Jax leave town, because it was a good sports option in the winter, and it was starting to grow a fan base. And as far as linking this with MLS, uh, geez, MLS hasn't almost cancelled a season to then decide to play just a week later. MLS will work for the city for various reasons that have been debated over and over again here, but apparently the haters just can't see this as a win, and so they will do anything to try and kill the deal. How much do you all love Portland, nay sayers?

    Posted by jawildey on 05/04/09 at 6:13PM

    I think the fan base would have continued to grow nicely. Five of my friends had just decided to join my wife and I in buying season tickets for next year. We're going to miss it. Bring the Winterhawks back to the Rose Garden and maybe we'll get season tickets to that instead. Memorial Coliseum is old an uncomfortable to attend games in. Tear it down and build the baseball stadium or upgrade it so people can enjoy attending events there.

    Posted by blazerbuddha on 05/04/09 at 6:18PM

    Dang, I feel bad I procrastinated going to a Jax game. I was interested, as were my kids, but living in Vancouver,and with different entertainment options, we just didn't make it happen. Met many really cool players at the Dew tours, and their booths weren't real crowded with interest.
    Too bad. It looked pretty fast-paced and fun, and more exciting than soccer, to me.

    Posted by joeyjojojr on 05/04/09 at 6:42PM

    But that did not offset the revenue lost from would-be sponsors tightening their belts in a weak economy.

    Read that to mean the "evil, rich corporate fat-cats" here in Oregon are not as rich as some would like us to believe. Until Oregon stops punishing business, there just isn't going to be an environment in this state for ventures like this.

    Posted by MightyAlweg on 05/04/09 at 6:43PM

    Lacrosse? You mean that sport that boring white kids in the suburbs play out in Maryland and New Jersey? There is such a thing as "Profesional Lacrosse"? SERIOUSLY?! Time to head back to the East Coast boys, no one cares about Lacrosse west of Philadelphia.

    And "Profesional Lacrosse" is just one step above "Profesional Soccer" on the stupidity scale. I think the MLS will last about three years in Portland, and then it will go the same way this silly LumberJax outfit did.

    Posted by rbacker on 05/04/09 at 7:17PM

    I feel real bad for the people who supported the Jax.

    I only feel pity for the clowns who continually diss all sports that are not NBA, NFL, or MLB. Get a clue you morons. "Soccer" is one of the most popular spectator sports in the rest of the world (you know, that other part of Earth that isn't the USA). Soccer is only a "fringe sport" in your intolerant and meager minds. MLS is not being run like NASL was. They're are definitely being more careful. True, it isn't on par with watching the Premier League or La Liga, but it's become more entertaining.

    If you all have nothing good to say about anything, shut your yaps already. You're getting real boring - and soon will be irrelevant.

    Posted by tblazed on 05/04/09 at 7:32PM

    Holy Crap, rbacker, tell us how you really feel? Lighten up and get a hold of those saddle horns.

    Posted by tblazed on 05/04/09 at 7:45PM

    Soccer just isn't interesting to many, like the other majors. Thats why hooligans can slam alcohol,kick some heads in, trample on one another, collapse fencing and bleachers, wipe tear gas out of their eyes, get put in a paddy wagon, get bailed out, go back to the stadium, and it's STILL 0-0. Kinda like when your watching your soap operas rbacker, you can miss them for a month but still follow it. Go Jax. Somewhere where people care, i guess.

    Posted by ducknright on 05/04/09 at 8:01PM

    If there were no entertainment options, would we all work 12 hour days x 6 days a week, and think that we liked it?

    Posted by rbacker on 05/04/09 at 8:02PM

    First off, I don't watch soap operas.

    Secondly, nah... why should I lighten up when every other d**che in this comment thread can ramble on about something they don't understand?

    And I fully realize that soccer isn't that interesting to some people. Duh. Just like some people fall asleep watching a pro baseball game. Different strokes for different folks. But you aren't going to see me going into a baseball, basketball, or football group/forum/blog, putting down a sport which people like, even if I'm merely "meh" about it. I could care less if only 5 people follow that sport in an area or 50,000.

    I've played soccer, and have watched it for years. And to simplify it as something you can take your eyes off of for a month and still follow it just shows how little you understand the sport. That's your opinion, more power to you. With that mentality, I could say the same thing about an extra inning 0-0 baseball game. Or a "3 plays and punt the ball back" football game. But since I admire both sports, I won't.

    Posted by tblazed on 05/04/09 at 8:16PM

    Ok, I can see your point. My girl plays soccer on a select team, so I really enjoy watching her enjoy it and excel. I'm admittingly kind of ignorant with the pro ranks, so my apologies to you, can't really argue your take on it.

    Posted by Nismax on 05/04/09 at 8:18PM

    Thank god, makes room for an NHL team.

    Posted by linfieldgrad on 05/04/09 at 9:18PM

    First of all lacrosse is a rapidly growing sport. Over the last several years many high schools have picked it up as a spring sport and it has been flourishing. It is not just an east coast thing, although it is definitely more popular there.

    That being said, the huge thing that the Jax screwed up on in my opinion was not finding a way to get the team on TV in some form. They did the first year but after that, nothing. You will always have the diehards that will buy season tickets, but the casual fan needs a way to become interested in the team.

    One of the reasons that the your College Football Teams like the Ducks and Beavs succeed is because people can watch them on TV, get excited about the team, and then buy a jersey, or even make the trip to Eugene and Corvallis.

    As far as I can see, the Lumberjax had a great team, a great product, and was marketed extremely poorly. I am surprised they didn't try to work out a deal with Comcast to get the team on TV. However you feel about Comcast, at least it would be a way to get the team visible and get the community interested.

    Posted by Richduck on 05/04/09 at 9:22PM

    Bring in the Professionals, and you'll bring in the Fans! This Minor league shi# is for the birds and no one in Portlad will watch them.

    Posted by samsapredato on 05/04/09 at 10:00PM

    rbacker,

    The simple difference between Minor League Soccer and the NBA is that Paul Allen picked up the entire tab for his stadium, NOT the general city fund. We all know that general fund money could be spend in much more important parts of our city right now.

    PGE was recently renovated and there is ZERO need for it to be converted for soccer. Baseball should stay at PGE for which it was designed and Merritt should pick up the ENTIRE tab to build an off-site soccer stadium at the old Portland Meadows.

    People do want to support soccer, I won't, but I do want it because there is a market for it, just not at the cost of city funding.

    Pretty basic, so stop your pointless banting about how great soccer is.

    Posted by dand1987 on 05/04/09 at 10:06PM

    this was a very popular team and it's a shame that people are joking about this. i don't expect they know much about sports at all. let's hope there's some light at the end of the tunnel and keep it here. it's good entertainment value.

    Posted by beavertke on 05/04/09 at 10:14PM

    Sad to see the Lumberjax leave Stumptown. My wife and I made it to at least one game a season and we always had a blast.

    Posted by beaverbait on 05/04/09 at 10:20PM


    For a nominal Multnomah County property tax increase of $0.30 I can build you the most fabulous MLB stadium or NFL Stadium so you won't have to turn your eye toward minor league sports again. For an extra $0.15 I will preserve the Memorial Colesium so you l stand and marvel at it's architural wonder. And for an additional $0.05, I'll even fill some potholes and open some schools.

    Worth it or not worth it?

    Posted by breezy2907 on 05/04/09 at 10:49PM

    Portland can not get anything right... The last thing we need is a pro soccer team, I cant believe that is really going to happen.

    Posted by kedsokedso on 05/04/09 at 11:17PM

    soccer is another club sport; there is nothing major league about it, that is, in north america north of the rio grande.
    it is too bad that portland has such a woeful inferiority complex.

    eugene used to state that they were the only cultural city between seattle and san francisco. sam adams has said that "major league" soccer will put portland on the international map. he has already done that.

    i guess the thinking goes that if portland will set up worthless street cars why not a soccer team.

    Posted by COlax1980 on 05/04/09 at 11:26PM

    Worked with the Jax from August in 2005 when the team was coming together until this past July when I decided to move on. It's surreal seeing something take a fall that you've put that much time into. Building leases and sponsorship $$ were probably the biggest crack in the armor. That and not being able to trade out for an airline travel partner since the economy is poopie. That team was stellar and had some great guys on the roster (and great people in the front office).

    *linfieldgrad* To comment on your post, switching from PDX49 to Comcast could have hurt a bit. The later games were televised but there still weren’t a lot of viewers on Comcast SportsNet NW. Marketing in Portland is obviously difficult for "minor-major" league sports but what we saw grow was some of the most passionate, knowledgeable fans that I've seen from any league. Nothing can be taken from those fans (aka the "Plaid Platoon").

    Most incredible experience of my life. Good luck to the Jax wherever they go.

    Posted by Nismax on 05/05/09 at 1:41AM

    An NHL team would sell out the Rose Garden on a consistent basis. Enough with the bush league gimmick sports Portland!

    Portland RAGE
    Portland Pride
    Portland Fire

    LAME

    Now that this Lacrosse team is gone, it's time for what's his name and his investors to concentrate solely on the MLS team and sell off the pseudo Beavers which might be able to fill up the stands at Normandale. Hawks owner should put together a group of fellow Canadians who realize that Portland is the perfect place to stick an NHL franchise and move the Hawks up to Tacoma or elsewhere.

    NBA, NHL, MLS

    Perfect.

    Posted by bluetwinbill on 05/05/09 at 5:45AM

    It's all lame. Next team to come to PDX should be made to open their books to show they can afford to operate here. Who give a frig about phony indoor sports anyway. Good riddance. I am proud to say I didnt spent a dime on em.

    Posted by Linfieldgrad on 05/05/09 at 9:31AM

    Colax1980,

    You might totally be right on the Comcast thing. My only point was that fans that can't make it to the game need a way to get behind the team.

    Were they even on PDX 49 after their first year. If so I didn't hear about it.

    Posted by rageman on 05/05/09 at 1:29PM

    Beaverbait-not sure I follow your math...Please expand so it does not sound faulty like Merrit Paulson's consultants numbers they gave to the city on the Stadium funding project. I too would love to see MLB here too! NFL, not so much...we have the Beavers and Ducks and it would not benefit our economy as much as 81 home games for MLB.

    Posted by blueskypdx on 05/05/09 at 3:10PM

    Who cares. This was a toy for the daughter (Angela Batinovich) of a very wealthy man. Daddy can't dump enough money into this team or sport to save it. Hope you had fun with it, Angela. Now go ask daddy to buy you something else, OK!

    Posted by snakespeare on 05/05/09 at 3:29PM

    rageman, MLB won't come here. You keep talking up the majors like they are the only real sports and people will keep staying home to watch TV. Meanwhile some of us are beating the drum to support the sports we DO HAVE ALREADY. What makes you think any baseball person is going to look at the poopy way we treated the Beavers over the last 50 years (including your continued insistence that they play in a a converted college football facility) and decide to move here? None. Zip, zilch, nada. As long as we show that we are only interested in television teams and only go to games when the team has a winning record, we are going to be relegated to the minors. Your attitude is part of the problem.

    Think big. It starts by building that stadium that the Beavers have wanted since the fire burned down the grandstands at Vaughn Street back in the 40s. We show some committment and we'll get some committment.

    Does Seattle act like us? No. Do they get NFL and MLB? Yes. What needs to change is entirely in our heads. We have to stop being a bunch of TV watching tightwads.

    Posted by OUlaxer on 05/05/09 at 4:24PM

    OregoNative is a moron. I'm from NY and we follow both amazing sports. I hope you and your sons meet a canadian boxlaxer in a alley and tell them Box is not true lax. What a dumbass! 4 years and never saw 1 game. Ryan Powell, Dan Dawson... Yeah they don't know how to play lax and don't have any skillz your kids could learn from watching.

    Anyone who knows anything about lax loves both sports and supports them. You and DC/MD/VA don't deserve pro-lax in anyform for your ignornance of the sport. $1000 says your kids go to prep-school. Field only players are pansies.

    I hope the team goes to Vancouver where it is loved and cherished.

    Posted by tehpeople on 05/05/09 at 4:54PM

    The reason why minor league sports are minor league is that they are not relevant.

    NBA is relevant. Ducks football is relavent. Beavers baseball is relavent.

    the working definition of a relavent spectator sport is that it permeates the local culture and is a relavant topic in many people's lives.

    Lacrosse fails this test and so does "major" league soccer.

    There is huge difference between recreational sports and spectator sports.

    I'm all for rec sprts - fun, exercise, comrodery, teamwork, and a great excuse to get out of the house and meet some people like yourself.

    Lacrosse, field hockey and soccer are for kids and office workers.

    Posted by falconmojo on 05/05/09 at 10:00PM

    I moved up here about a dozen years ago, at least in part because I am a huge Arena football fan and couldn't wait to go to all the Forest Dragons games. That went real well--for one year and then they left...Oh brother...

    Posted by PCSPounder on 05/06/09 at 6:42AM

    I couldn't help but noticing a parallel.

    Paul Allen was eventually convinced to join the ownership group of Seattle Sounders. Meanwhile, as the article states, "an offer was made to involve Blazers owner Paul Allen as a part-owner of the Jax, which was declined. Isaac said such an endeavor was unrealistic given the upward trajectory of the Trail Blazers franchise."

    I offer the thought that the comparison between the Jax and MLS sucks.

    A comparison between the Jax and the NASL is a bit more apt. This article mentions the Jax spurring several high school lacrosse programs, much like the NASL-era Timbers spurred many high school soccer programs back in the 1970s. The NASL obviously didn't survive, but its legacy is what paved the way for the youth soccer boom... and eventually MLS. Unlike what some here claim (many of whom seek a self-fulfilling prophecy for which they will FAIL, guaranteed), soccer has a definite American foothold. It may not yet really share the spotlight with MLB and the NBA (who themselves are struggling to share the spotlight with the NFL), but the sport continues to inch its way into American life.

    That should serve as goal-setting for distraught Jax fans. Indoor Lacrosse does have a history in Canada, outdoor seems to have a toehold here... the trick is to build on that, support the school efforts, eventually build to regional leagues (a few people may remember the Western Soccer Alliance and other forerunners to today's USL); and an internet presence allows fans places to congregate. I don't think we've seen the end of lacrosse in Portland.

    Posted by Robofudd on 05/06/09 at 7:40AM

    What I want to know is why doesn't Portland have professional curling or caber tossing teams?

    Posted by cubsfanx33 on 05/06/09 at 12:33PM

    In sports like politics the media has all the conrtol, and in Portland the sports media are to stuck up... to big time.... to to allow what canzano calls "LOW LEVEL" sports to succeed

    When the usl timbers become the MLS timbers just watch the media go crazy... then in a year everyone in Portland will realize its the same product and the media will pay less attention and ticket sales will drop and everyone will ask why.

    Portland mneeds to understand that we are not chicago or Newyork and support the sports we have.

    I enjoyed the jax as did my kids and everyone we invited to a game. It was inexpensive and had a great family atmosphere (unlike the chanting drunks at a timbers game)

    the media here in Portland need to support what we have here in Portland............ not chastise it until it goes broke.

    Posted by tigardkid88 on 05/06/09 at 12:33PM

    I for one am really sad to see the jax leave. The only thing I really saved up for the last two years was enough money to buy lumberjax season tickets, and sometimes with all the bills and school work and everything building up that was the only thing I had to look forward to during that time of the year. It was fun while it lasted, I hope the team can make it somewhere else.

    Posted by rbacker on 05/06/09 at 4:09PM

    samsapredato - it's only pointless to people who don't like the sport.

    It's a shame really... you had a decent post going there and you had to end it on such a juvenile put down of a sport which you obviously don't understand. We're not the only country in the world you know. I'd like to see you toss out your myopic opinions in a crowded London pub after a Chelsea v Arsenal derby. haha good luck...




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