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Financial Post: Is gambling industry hotshot Mitch Garber bringing baseball back to Montreal?

Mitch Garber’s schedule this week is a whirlwind. Las Vegas for Caesars Acquisition Co.’s earnings report Monday, a board meeting Tuesday, fly to Montreal Wednesday, Cuba for a CEO retreat Thursday.

It’s been nearly a decade since the Montreal Expos packed their bags and headed off to become the Washington Nationals, but Warren Cromartie is determined that the whole sad episode never should have happened and that it’s time to bring Major League Baseball back to Canada’s second biggest city.

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Mr. Garber’s not confirming last week’s La Presse report, which said he’s looking at resurrecting the Montreal Expos. According to the report, he’s part of a group including fellow Montreal businessmen Larry Rossy, CEO of Dollarama Inc., and Stephen Bronfman, executive chairman of the private investment firm Claridge.

But he’s not denying the rumour, either.

“Montreal is a sports town. It’s a vibrant town. There are a lot of really great things happening in the city,” Mr. Garber, 50, said. “There are still a lot of baseball fans in Montreal. There are businessmen who are fans. I think all of us share one thing in common, which is, we truly believe that Montreal is a major league city.”

There certainly are a lot of things that make sense about the rumour. Mr. Garber is a sports nut, a tireless champion of Montreal and, as CEO of a division of casino giant Caesars Entertainment Corp., not one to shy away from taking a bit of a gamble.

Mitch Melnick, a Montreal sports broadcaster with TSN 690, said Mr. Garber has certainly got the necessary ambition.

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