Category Archives: Money & Financials

Revised Ballpark Plan for Fredericksburg

Hagerstown Suns LogoThe partners seeking to relocate the Single-A Hagerstown Suns (South Atlantic League) to Fredericksburg (VA) dramatically changed their proposal last week, leading to unanimous approval by the City Council of a revised incentive package and new life for the project.  The plan gives the partners one year to obtain financing for the now-$46 million project.  Read more here.

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Hartford’s Latest Ballpark Revenue Projections

New Britain Rock Cats LogoNew Hartford (CT) projections of expenses and revenues for the proposed minor league ballpark for the Double-A New Britain Rock Cats (Eastern League), including money raised through property taxes, parking income and a tax on tickets, show that taxpayers would gain $22.8 million over 30 years.  Read more here.

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As the United League Turns…

Rio Grande Valley WhiteWings LogoUnited League LogoIt not-so-shocking news, the indy pro Rio Grande Valley WhiteWings (United League) reportedly owe a t-shirt company money, and the frustrated vendor has decided the seek the help of KRVG’s “5 On Your Side” to get paid.  Read more and watch news report hereRead about the San Angelo Colts’ recent bankruptcy hereRead about the Bryant and Pierce show here.

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Ballpark Lease Plan More Expensive Than Rejected Bonding Plan

New Britain Rock Cats LogoAccording to an analysis in the Hartford Courant, the public-private partnership between the city of Hartford (CT) and developer DoNo Hartford LLC for downtown redevelopment that includes a new ballpark for the Double-A New Britain Rock Cats (Eastern League) is likely to cost city taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars more every year than the maligned plan to issue city bonds.  Read more here.

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Next Spring Training Steps in West Palm Beach

Houston Astros New LogoWashington Nationals WThe Palm Beach County (FL) Tourist Development Council on Thursday voted 6-3 to endorse a 30-year tax revenue commitment of $90 million for a spring training facility for the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals, but officials will take more time to consider the teams’ request for a 3.5 percent annual escalator that would add $64.9 million over the life of the commitment.  Read more here.  Watch video here.

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Newark Looks for New Tenant, Bears Former Owner Looks to New Fall League Venture

Newark Bears LogoWith the indy pro Newark Bears (Can-Am League) now just a memory, the city of Newark and Essex County, both on the hook for more than $2 million in annual debt obligations on Riverfront Stadium until 2029, continue to scramble to find a new tenant.  Meanwhile, former Bears owner Doug Spiel says he plans to join three friends in launching a four-team fall league for rookie-level players in Arizona next September.  Read more here.

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Rock Cats Avert Eviction, Pay Tax Bill

New Britain Rock Cats LogoJosh Solomon, owner of the Double-A New Britain Rock Cats (Eastern League), showed up at city hall Wednesday afternoon with a check for $164,569, paying off the tax bill on New Britain Stadium and keeping the team’s lease valid.  Read more here.

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