The City of St. Paul (MN) and Ryan Cos. have finally signed off on a $43.8 million contract to construct the Lowertown ballpark for the indy pro St. Paul Saints (American Association), with Ryan responsible for any cost overruns involving labor or materials. Read more here.
Category Archives: Lease & Contracts
The second-year indy pro Vallejo Admirals (Pacific Association) announced recently that they plan to return this season, but the club has still not renewed their lease to use Wilson Park. Local Babe Ruth is not too hip on sharing the facility again, but the parties are reportedly talking. Read more here.
It’s been assumed that Major League Soccer’s New York City FC would begin their inaugural season playing within the confines of Yankee Stadium. However, MLB reportedly fears that the playing surface would be damaged from constant usage, leading to player injuries and disruption in play as was experienced in the 70s when the Cosmos called Yankee Stadium home. Read more here.
The After making a pitch to the Sonoma (CA) City Council Wednesday night to bring indy pro baseball to Arnold Park starting in 2014, the owners of the proposed Sonoma Stompers (Pacific Association) will hold another community outreach meeting on Saturday, Feb. 22, at the Sonoma Community Center. Read more here.
First the Triple-A Fresno Grizzlies (Pacific Coast League) dump Artie Decker as the “Voice of the Fresno Grizzlies,” and now they strike a new radio deal. The team as announced a three-year media agreement with One Putt Broadcasting, making KYNO 1430 AM the new flagship radio station of the club. Read more here.
Los Angeles Angels owner Arte Moreno is frustrated with the lack of progress between the club and the city of Anaheim over negotiations on a new lease for Angel Stadium. Read more here.
PRESS RELEASE – Riding a groundswell of support since the opening of Regions Field and the team’s Southern League Championship in 2013, the Barons and Chicago White Sox have agreed to terms on a four-year extension of their Player Development Contract, which will run through the 2018 season. The new agreement ensures Continue reading
An attorney for the Casper Legion Baseball Club alleged misconduct by Casper (WY) city officials Monday and threatened to sue the city if a lease agreement for Mike Lansing Field, home of the summer collegiate Casper Cutthroats (Mountain Collegiate Baseball League), is cut short for the organization. Read more here.
The home opener for the Triple-A El Paso Chihuahuas (Pacific Coast League) has been delayed until April 28 to allow their new ballpark in downtown El Paso (TX) to be completed. Read more here. The Chi-Waz (our new nickname for the team) will play their first home games at Kino Stadium in Tucson (AZ) on April 11-14. Read more here.
The Edinburg (TX) City Council on Tuesday rejected a new lease agreement with the indy pro Edinburg Roadrunners (United League Baseball), amid discussions with the University of Texas System about the future of Edinburg Baseball Stadium. The ULB’s McAllen Thunder also played at the ballpark. Read more here.
The Columbia (SC) City Council on Tuesday night is scheduled to give a second reading approval to an agreement that would bring the summer collegiate Columbia Blowfish (Coastal Plain League) back to Capital City Stadium for the 2014 season. The city is currently considering a plan to build a new ballpark for an affiliated club. Read more here. UPDATE: City approves one more year for Blowfish. Read more here.
PRESS RELEASE – The Connecticut Tigers and the Detroit Tigers have agreed to a four-year extension to their Player Development Contract (PDC), guaranteeing the agreement through the 2018 season. Continue reading
Shelby County Commissioners reluctantly approved county government’s part of the AutoZone Park deal Monday, Jan. 27, despite delaying a vote on it at committee sessions last week. Read more here.
Speaking Wednesday as part of his “State of the City” address, Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson said the municipality has signed a lease agreement with the indy pro Can-Am baseball league that will see a team play out of the Ottawa Stadium on Coventry Road starting in 2015. In his own words, the mayor said the following:
“I’m also pleased to announce this morning that we’ve signed a lease agreement with the CanAm League that will see baseball return to Ottawa next year. We look forward to helping raise awareness and excitement in the months ahead, to ensure the team’s long-term success in our city.”
PRESS RELEASE – The Harrisburg Senators, Double-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals, are pleased to announce a four-year extension to their player development agreement with the Washington Nationals. With this agreement, the Senators will remain a Nationals’ affiliate through the 2018 season. Mike Rizzo, President of Continue reading
It has been extremely quiet on the indy pro United League Baseball front, but that doesn’t mean there hasn’t been anything going on behind the scenes. The league has submitted a proposal to lease Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium in Tucson (AZ) starting this season. The ballpark is the soon-t0-be-former home of the Triple-A Tucson Padres/El Paso Chihuahuas (Pacific Coast League). Read more here.
The Triple-A Norfolk Tides’ (International League) recently approved lease with Harbor Park stabilizes the club’s long relationship with the city and calls for improvements to the 21-year-old structure. Read more here.
The indy pro Rio Grande Valley WhiteWings (United League) will return to historic Harlingen Field next year as the city of Harlingen (TX) has agreed in principle to the second year of a two-year option, which went into effect last year. Read more here.
A procedural vote Thursday night cleared the way for the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City (KS) to buy privately owned CommunityAmerica Ballpark, home of the Kansas City T-Bones (American Association). Read more here.
Board members of the Bisbee (AZ) Unified School District voted unanimously to lease Warren Ball Park to the indy pro Pecos League beginning in May next year through July. As previously posted, the expansion franchise will be known as the Bisbee Blue. A new team called the Douglas Diablos in nearby Douglas (AZ) will reportedly also take the field in 2014. Read more here. Read press release here.
The Norfolk (VA) City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a new 15-year lease with the Triple-A Norfolk Tides (International League) for the continued use of Harbor Park. Read more here.
The Joplin (MO) City Council voted 7 to 1 Tuesday to move forward to develop a performance agreement with WLD Suarez LLC, the owners of the indy pro El Paso Diablos (American Association), to redevelop Joe Becker Stadium and bring the franchise to town. Read more and watch news report here.
PRESS RELEASE – The San Jose City Council approved today a five year lease extension to keep the San Jose Giants playing at Municipal Stadium through the 2018 season. Terms of the agreement include the ability for the San Jose Giants to sell stadium naming rights and continue to pursue on-site development options to fund capital improvements at the ballpark. Continue reading
The summer collegiate Martinsville Mustangs (Coastal Plain League) had their first profitable season this year, which prompted Martinsville (VA) City Council last Tuesday to award a five-year contract to Team Cole & Associates of Gastonia (NC), the private firm hired to manage the city-owned baseball team this past season. Read more here.
A formal vote Monday by the Joplin (MO) City Council on a memorandum of understanding with WLD Suarez LLC, the owners of the indy pro El Paso Diablos (American Association), to redevelop Joe Becker Stadium will determine whether the city will pursue further negotiations to bring the franchise to town. Read more here.
The repeatedly-abandoned Fairgrounds Field in Robstown (TX) could soon be home to a new minor league baseball team. Nueces County is in the early stages of negotiations with the Triple-A Rojos del Águila de Veracruz (Mexican Baseball League) to use the ballpark as a training facility and potentially host an indy pro team. Read more here. View Nueces County Commissioners Court agenda here.
The Memphis (TN) City Council on Monday changed the terms of the proposed deal in which the city would buy AutoZone Park and the St. Louis Cardinals would buy the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds (Pacific Coast League). The council then delayed a vote on the amended terms until its meeting on Dec. 17. Read more here. Watch news report here.
On the eve of a critical vote by the Memphis City Council, a report from Moody’s Investors Service gives a “negative” outlook to its Aa3 rating of $23.6 million in revenue bonds the city plans to use to finance the purchase of AutoZone Park and improvements to it. Read more here.
Downtown Memphis Commission Approves Bond Funding for AutoZone Park, Contingent Upon City Council Vote
The Center City Revenue Finance Corp. on Wednesday unanimously voted to issue up to $27 million in sports facility revenue bonds for the city’s acquisition of AutoZone Park, home of the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds (Pacific Coast League), which is a prerequisite to – and conditioned on – the Memphis City Council approving a $20 million deal next Monday to buy out of the facility. Read more here.
Eugene (OR) School District received four proposals by Tuesday afternoon’s deadline to submit offers for Civic Stadium, the former home of the Single-A Eugene Emeralds (Northwest League), and the property on which it sits. The offers ranged from a low of $16.56 to a high of $5 million. Read more here. View proposals here.
Batting around competing definitions of “skin in the game,” two Metro Council committees reached a split verdict Monday on a proposal to make the owners of the Triple-A Nashville Sounds (Pacific Coast League) pay up if the mixed-use development they’re planning doesn’t arrive soon after a new taxpayer-funded baseball stadium opens. Read more here.
The city of Memphis (TN) would reportedly spend $20 million to buy AutoZone Park and another $5 million for upgrades in a multiparty deal that would also see the St. Louis Cardinals take control of the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds (Pacific Coast League). The Cardinals would buy the team and pony up $15 million for ballpark upgrades. Read more here. Read week-old article here.
Houston Astros owner Jim Crane has sued the team’s former owner and a pair of media companies, alleging he’s lost possibly hundreds of millions of dollars because they misrepresented the value of a regional television network that broadcasts Astros games. Read more here.
Miles Wolff, the commissioner of the indy pro Can-Am League, says he has spoken with people interested in owning an Ottawa (ON) expansion franchise, but his priority is formalizing a lease for Ottawa Stadium. Wolff expects to have local owners lined up within three or four months. Read more here.
PRESS RELEASE – The Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League announced that the Cooperstown Hawkeyes will not field a team in 2014. Continue reading
The Columbus Clippers baseball team is expected to decide by year-end who will feed many of its fans next season after the food-service provider Sodexo ends its contract at Huntington Park in December. Read more here.