After months of wrangling and public spats, the Oakland A’s and the city they have called home for nearly a half-century agreed to a lease extension that could keep the team at O.co Coliseum through 2024. Read more here.
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The Oakland (CA) City Council set the stage for another rancorous battle with the A’s after the members voted late Wednesday to modify the terms of a lease agreement that would keep the team at O.Co Coliseum for another 10 years. Read more here. Meanwhile, sixty-four months after he formed a committee to examine the A’s ballpark situation and six months before he is set to retire, Commissioner Bud Selig still has no answers for the Oakland A’s long-term situation. Read more here.
Oakland (CA) officials abruptly dropped their opposition, if only temporarily, Thursday to help approve a 10-year stadium lease for the Athletics, hours after the A’s owner informed city and county leaders that Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig gave the team permission to immediately seek a new home outside Oakland. Read more here. Read more from Maury Brown here.
Here we go again with the Bryant and Pierce show, as the ownership of the indy pro San Angelo Colts (United League), led by former Congressman John Bryant, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, which will stay a foreclosure action and keep the team in operation. The Colts recently received notice of foreclosure from their lender on the stadium note for Foster Field, where the team plays. Read more here.
The Single-A Cedar Rapids Kernels (Midwest League) are in talks to buy the summer collegiate Waterloo Bucks (Northwoods League). The purchase has already been approved by the Midwest League and the President of Minor League Baseball. There are still a few other hoops to jump through here, but it looks like a done deal. Read more and view news report here.
The Oakland A’s and the agency that oversees the O.co Coliseum have apparently reached an agreement on a 10-year lease extension, according to MLB Commissioner Bud Selig. Mayor Jean Quan said they are still in negotiations. Meanwhile, A’s owner Lew Wolff again dismisses the idea of a new ballpark at Howard Terminal. Read more here.
The Columbia (SC) City Council has approved a venue development agreement for the minor league baseball stadium in the Bull Street development, signaling the city’s next step toward establishing the cornerstone of the mixed-use development. Read more here.
Members of the Columbia (SC) City Council are scheduled to cast their first vote Tuesday on the draft construction contract for building a proposed new ballpark for a yet-t0-be-named affiliated baseball team. Read more here.
Professional baseball could be returning to Desert Sun Stadium in Yuma (AZ), as the city is drafting a request for proposal (RFP) that could be issued as early as this week. According to Debbie Wendt, director of the city’s Parks and Recreation Department, interest in the complex has been expressed by three different independent leagues. Read more here.
The University of Alabama is negotiating to play its 2015 baseball season at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium in Hoover (AL), as 66-year-old Sewell Thomas Stadium, the Crimson Tide’s on-campus home, undergoes a $35 million renovation. Read more here. Read more about the Sewell renovation here. Thanks to Joe DeLeonard for the links.
PRESS RELEASE – The Sugar Land Skeeters of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball announced today a ground-breaking, minor league baseball agreement with ESPN, who will gain the exclusive rights to place games on its digital and television networks. The deal will begin with Skeeters home game coverage throughout the 2014 season. Additionally, ESPN will host exclusive Continue reading
The expansion New York City FC announced Monday that they will open their Major League Soccer (MLS) existence next year at Yankee Stadium. Officials from both the soccer club and New York Yankees outlined the plans to turn the venue into one that is suited for both baseball and soccer games on a consistent basis. Read more and watch news conference here.
PRESS RELEASE – The Hillsboro Hops (@HillsboroHops), announced today that they have extended their affiliation with Major League Baseball’s Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) through the 2016 season. The Hops have been a Diamondbacks affiliate since 2001. Continue reading
After years of futile attempts to relocate to the South Bay, the Oakland A’s appear resigned to staying put at the Coliseum and are in negotiations for a 10-year lease extension. Read more here. Thanks to John Cerone for the link.
New York City F.C., a team that will enter Major League Soccer next year, will play its first three seasons at Yankee Stadium, according to a report in the New York Times. Read more here.
The City of Columbia (SC) and Hardball Capital have amended the agreement that would allow the company to manage the city’s planned baseball stadium at the Bull Street development site. Read more and view agreement details here.
PRESS RELEASE – Beginning in June 2014 the DC Grays will be playing their home games at the brand-new, state-of-the-art Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy at Fort DuPont. Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE – Utica Brewers Owner and President Butch Russo announced yesterday that the Brewers have signed a three year lease extension with the Oneida County Sports Authority to keep the team at Murname Field at Donovan Stadium for three years. The agreement ensures there will be PGCBL baseball at the venerable ballpark thru 2017. Continue reading
A lease extension approved by the Pawtucket City Council keeps the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox (International League) at McCoy Stadium until at least 2021 and ends any chatter about moving the baseball team to the I-195 land in neighboring Providence. Read more here. Read more from MiLB.com reporter Benjamin Hill here.
Huntsville City Councilman Bill Kling is raising concerns over maintenance at Joe Davis Stadium just weeks before the Biloxi-bound Double-A Huntsville Stars (Southern League) begin their final season in the Rocket City. He says the Stars have not lived up to their lease agreement at the ballpark, which specifies that the team maintain the scoreboard and public address system. Read more here.
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.
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.