Bob DuPuy

The NFL has a hard cap, but if you ask 20 NFL experts who is going to win the Super Bowl this year, you might get 20 different answers. If you then asked 20 baseball experts who is going to represent the American League in the World Series, at least 90 percent of them would say the Yankees and the rest would say Seattle.

We have worked very hard to accommodate the requests from the Mayor and the Council that changed the terms of the agreement that brought the Montreal Expos to Washington. Because we believe in the future of Baseball in the nation’s capital, we have signed a lease that honors the 2004 agreement, while conforming to the emergency legislation that the Council passed last month.

I’d like to have a vote on it at the November [owners’] meetings. There’s no reason why we can’t announce who we intend to sell the team to in conjunction with signing the lease. But it’s very important that we sign a lease contemplated by the stadium agreement. We continue to negotiate and hope that this will quickly be resolved.