(AP) - The Atlanta Rebels Organization has announced that
after the start of the 2005 season, the team will no longer
reside in Atlanta. They have been planning the move since
the 2004 All-Star break, but didnít want to make any kind
of public announcement until they were sure of their new location.
have had many offers from many major cities such as Rome,
Sydney, Mexico City, Istanbul, Cairo, and Paris. They met
with officials from each city and have finally made their
decision. They have decided to move to Paris. When owner Brian
Power was asked about the move, he had this to say. "The Rebels
have had a tough season. I think that it is time to move to
a different location and have a fresh start. Paris would be
the best place to move because the city is already a great
tourist attraction and a baseball team could add to that."
team will no longer be known as the Rebels, but as the Paris
Patriotes. The Patriotes ballpark has been rumored to
be built right next to the Eiffel Tower, therefore being known
as The Eiffel Tower Field. Paris officials have confirmed
that this rumor is true and had this to say. "We feel that
a field next to the Eiffel Tower would provide the field with
more people to sit and watch the game." The team will be allowed
to visit the new ballpark a week after the regular season
move will occur two weeks after the playoffs have concluded.
The few fans that the Rebels still have in Atlanta are heartbroken
but realize that the move is for the good of the team. Everyone
in Atlanta hopes that the team has much success in the future.