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Boosters Hope For Boon From New Baseball Stadium

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Civic boosters from Nashville's downtown and east side are enthusiastically backing a proposal to relocate the city's minor league baseball team to the east bank of the Cumberland River.

Metro Councilman Peter Westerholm, whose district includes the proposed east bank site, said he hopes the project would bring in new businesses and be the impetus for moving a giant scrap metal site.

A Metro-financed study by the sports consulting firm Populous estimated the stadium would generate $53.4 million in total economic output with 382 full-time jobs.

But Bruce Seaman, an economics professor at Georgia State University, told The Nashville Ledger that those projections should be taken with a grain of salt. He said minor league sports are more about family entertainment than big dollars.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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