In other words: Bud and his cronies have threatened to move the team to Vegas unless a stadium deal gets done immediately; If the stadium deal gets done by the end of the week, look for the new owner (Smulyan) to be announced at Jan. 18 or 19 at the Major League Baseball Owners meetings in Scottsdale, Ariz.
"I would hope as early as late this week to get council action on it, in way that addresses the cost issues, in a way that addresses the cost overrun issues." (Mayor Anthony Williams, via WTOP.com 1/10/2006)
"The cost overrun issue is being resolved for all of the elements of building this stadium, so we'll have resolutions in place very quickly." (Mark Tuohey, head of the DC Sports and Entertainment Commission via WTOP.com 1/10/2006)
Then again, the Washington Times tells a much less optimistic story, declaring talks on the deal as "nearly dead." "There are not even any discussions about it taking place around here" (Jack Evans, Ward 2 Democrat, via Washington Times 1/11/2006)