Online poker company offers baseball funding
By staff
A deal to bring Major league Baseball to Washington has potentially been saved by a generous offer from an online poker site.

Empire poker has offered up to $50 million to prevent the potentially new team, the Washington Nationals, from non- existence. The company would finance the team's move from Montreal to a new District stadium.

Ron Burke, the company's top marketing executive said, 'If you turn on the TV, you'll see poker being played more and more. It's become a lot more mainstream. It's like the national pastime.' He adds, 'The exposure [of the stadium name] would be good for us, and the city would have baseball.'

Empire has yet to hear back from baseball or city officials.

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