Well it's a matter here of political aspirations and disconnect between the mayor and council. The mayor (as ambulance chaser pointed out, not a populist, exactly) negotiated a deal believing, falsely, that the city council was on board. Baseball pushed the promotional stuff as much as anyone. They're desperate to sell the team, and like DC, but they don't want a new stadium up in the air. Vegas has the best offer, but isn't family friendly, and a lot of the $$ involved is tied up in conflicted interest gambling, I believe. As far as baseball failing in dc: DC thirty years ago is not DC today. No one really questions whether it would do well; I think it would do great. Redskins are the #1 most valuable sports franchise, and the wizards and caps draw alright even though they suck reliably. Even the DC MLS team draws alright (relatively). It would, likely, draw fans mostly from the suburbs, it's true, but it's unquestionable that pulling in 30,000 wallets 81 nights a year would be a good thing. Steinbrenner would have a fit if MLB tried to put them in NJ or NYC. He'd make Angelos look conciliatory.