Angelos Floats Idea Of Joint Nats-O's Store

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

For Baltimore Orioles owner Peter Angelos , the imminent closing of the team's fan store in Farragut Square does not signal a concession of the Washington market to the Nationals, but perhaps signals an opportunity for a new era of partnership between the franchises.

"Basically, the D.C. team is obviously catering to the D.C. fans as well as the neighboring areas," Angelos said. "I don't know if we should have an office in D.C. competing with the Nationals."

Baltimore's team store in Washington, opened in the 1980s, will close when its lease runs out at the end of the calendar year; at that point, Angelos said, ideally the two teams could work together to try to expand both franchises' fan base.

Angelos said he will speak to Nationals ownership about offering tickets for Nationals games in Baltimore and for the Nationals to offer Orioles tickets in Washington. At the crux of this partnership, Angelos said, could be a joint team store that could be opened in Washington serving both fan bases, where tickets and Orioles and Nationals merchandise could be offered.

"That's our goal," Angelos said. "We have discussed that not in too much depth with [Nationals President] Stan Kasten and the new ownership, but we fully intend to do that as soon as the season is over."

Kasten did not return phone calls.

"We're going to compete on the field," Angelos said. "If anyone expected us to fight with each other, they're going to be very disappointed."

-- Jorge Arangure Jr.

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