New CWS Ballpark Quiet Now, Pro Ball on Deck for 2012

TD Ameritrade Park, the new home for the College World Series, isn’t quite keeping pace in the ‘filling dates” department with Werner Park, the new home for the Triple-A Omaha Storm Chaser down the road in Sarpy County, but don’t expect it to stay that way.

The Metropolitian Entertainment and Convention Authority (MECA), which operates TD Ameritrade Park, continues to talk with team representatives from two indy pro leagues, including the proposed Omaha Flame from the North American League (NAL) and, we assume, the American Association.  Read more here.

The delay right now is a counterproductive and doomed-to-fail lawsuit filed by the Flame after MECA cautiously (and appropriately, we believe) backed off on a developing deal to bring the then-Northern League Flame to town, when Northern League imploded and the NAL was created.

We could go on a long diatribe here about the legal and PR actions taken by the Flame, but we won’t.  However, below is the very brief statement we posted on aabfan.com back in March:

“All this discussion misses the point.  The reality is, everything allegedly agreed to between the Flame and MECA was done “prior” to the collapse of the Northern League (loss of four teams) and creation of the new North American League.  This is not in dispute. And this very material fact is sufficient to end this breach of contract claim.  MECA had every right, and indeed an obligation, to pull back and reevaluate the change in circumstances.  Even a reliance argument fails here.”

View actual lawsuit here.

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