Expos will play 22 'home' games in 2004

Updated: December 10, 2003, 4:27 AM ET
Associated Press

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- The promoter who brought the Expos to San Juan last season said the commissioner's office has agreed to give him Puerto Rican television rights for Montreal's games at Hiram Bithorn Stadium next season.

The issue had been one of the last in negotiations to bring the Expos back to San Juan for 22 more "home" games in 2004.

"Just as last year, we will be the ones to transmit the games," promoter Antonio Munoz said Tuesday. "The only thing I'm waiting for is the go-ahead."

Bob DuPuy, baseball's chief operating officer, did not return a telephone call seeking comment.

The current proposed schedule for San Juan has games against the New York Mets (April 9-11), Florida (April 13-15), Milwaukee (May 18-20), San Francisco (May 21-23), Toronto (July 2-4), Atlanta (July 5-7) and Pittsburgh (July 8-11).

Munoz paid baseball $6.6 million to bring 22 Expos games to Bithorn Stadium last season.

The Expos were bought by the other 29 major league teams before the 2002 season, and baseball has discussed a permanent move with groups from Northern Virginia; Portland, Ore.; and Washington, D.C.

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