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A’s, City Agree to 10-Year Lease Extension

Oakland A's LogoAfter 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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Council Approves A’s Lease…With Modification, No Answers for A’s Long Term

Oakland A's LogoThe 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.

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Home of Suns to be Home of Pro Soccer Too

Jacksonville Suns LogoJacksonville ArmadaThe Jacksonville Armada (North American Soccer League), set to debut in 2015, announced it will play its games at the Baseball Grounds for the first three seasons.  The ballpark his home of the Double-A Jacksonville Suns (Southern League).  Read more here.

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10-Year Stadium Lease Approved for A’s After MLB Gives Team Permission to Move

Oakland A's LogoOakland (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 hereRead more from Maury Brown here.

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San Angelo Colts File for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

San Angelo Colts LogoHere 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.

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Single-A Kernels in Talks to Buy Summer Collegiate Bucks

Cedar Rapids Kernels LogoWaterloo Bucks LogoThe 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.

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A’s Lease Renewal Done (Maybe?), Wolff Again Rejects Proposed Ballpark Site

Oakland A's LogoThe 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 SeligMayor 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.

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Columbia Approves Ballpark Development Project

Sand Gnats LogoThe 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.

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Key Provisions of the Columbia (SC) Ballpark Contract

Sand Gnats LogoMembers 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.

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Yuma to Issue RFP for Using Desert Sun Stadium

Yuma Scorpions LogoProfessional 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.

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Crimson Tide Negotiating to Play 2015 Season at Hoover Met

Alabama Crimson Tide LogoThe 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 hereRead more about the Sewell renovation here.  Thanks to Joe DeLeonard for the links.

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Skeeters Ink Ground-Breaking Deal with ESPN

Sugar Land Skeeters PrimaryPRESS 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

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NYCFC, Yankees Outline Plans for Soccer-Friendly Yankee Stadium

New York City F.C. LogoNew York Yankees LogoThe 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.

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Hops, Diamondbacks Extend PDC

Hillsborough Hops LogoArizona Diamondbacks LogoPRESS 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

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A’s Refocus on Oakland, Seek 10-Year Lease Extension

Oakland A's LogoAfter 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.

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New York City F.C. to Play at Yankee Stadium for Three Years

New York Yankees LogoNew York City F.C. LogoNew 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.

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Columbia (SC), Hardball Capital Amend Ballpark Agreement

Sand Gnats LogoThe 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.

Columbia SC Proposed Stadium Rendering via Harball Capital

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D.C. Grays to Play at Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy

DC_Grays_Logo_01PRESS 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

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Three More Tenants for Ballpark Village

St. Louis Cardinals LogoThe St. Louis Cardinals and The Cordish Companies have announced that Jamba Juice, The Fudgery and Majestic Athletic will be setting up shop in the new Ballpark Village set to open on March 27.  Read more hereView schedule of opening festivities hereTake a photo tour here.

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Utica Brewers Extend Lease

Utica Brewers LogoPRESS 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

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Paw Sox Staying Put, Extend Lease

Pawtucket Red Sox LogoA 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 hereRead more from MiLB.com reporter Benjamin Hill here.

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Huntsville Councilman: Stars Violating Maintenance Provisions of Ballpark Lease

Huntsville Stars LogoHuntsville 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.

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Deal to Build St. Paul Ballpark Finalized

St. Paul Saints Hat LogoThe 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.

St. Paul Saints Latest Ballpark Renderings 1.30.14

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Second-Year Admirals Tussle with Local Babe Ruth Over Use of Wilson Park

Vallejo Admirals A LogoThe 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.

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MLB Raising Concerns About Season-Long Soccer at Yankee Stadium

New York Yankees LogoIt’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.

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Stompers to Hold Public Meeting Saturday

Somoma Stompers LogoThe 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.

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Grizzlies Have New Radio Home

Fresno Grizzlies LogoFirst 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.

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Professional Soccer to Play Season at LaGrave Field

Forth Worth Cats LogoMinor league soccer is coming to LaGrave Field, home of the indy pro Fort Worth Cats (United League).  The newly named Fort Worth Vaqueros FC from the National Premier Soccer League will begin play at LaGrave beginning May 9.  Read more hereView schedule here.

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Angels Owner Frustrated by Lease Negotiations

Los Angeles Angels LogoLos 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.

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Barons, White Sox Renew PDC

Birmingham Barons LogoChicago White Sox LogoPRESS 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

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Casper American Legion Threatens Lawsuit Over Use of Mike Lansing Field

Casper Cutthroats LogoAn 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.

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Ballpark Opening Delayed, Chihuahuas Will Return to Tucson for First Few Home Games

El Paso Chihuahuas HeadThe 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.

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Edinburg Rejects Signing New Lease with United League’s Roadrunners

Edinburg Roadrunners LogoThe 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.

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One More Season at Capital City Stadium for Blowfish? (UPDATED)

Columbia Blowfish BlueyThe 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.

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Connecticut Tigers, Detroit Tigers Extend PDC

Connecticut Tigers LogoDetroit Tigers LogoPRESS 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

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County Approves Its Portion of Memphis Ballpark Deal

Memphis Redbirds LogoShelby 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.

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Ottawa, Can-Am League Finalize Ballpark Lease

Can-Am League LogoSpeaking 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.”

Read more hereView lease terms here.

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Senators, Nationals Extend PDC

Harrisburg  Senators Secondary LogoWashington Nationals WPRESS 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

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United League Targeting Tucson

United League LogoIt 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.

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Improvements Coming to Harbor Park

Norfolk Tides LogoThe 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.

Norfolk Tides-Populous Ballpark Improvement Rendering

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