According to a report in the York (PA) Daily Record last week, the Atlantic League board of directors approved the Sugar Land (TX) Skeeters to begin play in the indy pro circuit starting in 2012, but the Loudoun (VA) Hounds were put off for another season because of ballpark financing challenges. Not conceding defeat for 2012, Hounds president and CEO Bob Farren had a different message for fans in the letter below:
The Hounds senior management team and a couple of our investors just came back from a the Atlantic League All Star game in York, PA this past Wednesday which was won by the Freedom Division 7-0. The Hounds team made a presentation to the Atlantic League Board of Directors sharing an update on a number of issues such as our ballpark, our financing and plans for 2012.
One critical point I do want to clarify is a brief story that has appeared in the York Daily Record and some other publications as it pertains to the Loudoun Hounds. Comments were made by a league executive that stated The Hounds were not going to begin play in 2012 and that we did not have our financing secured. I want to assure everyone that we are working very hard to, indeed, begin play next year and are working on a multi-faceted plan to do just that. The League certainly reserves the right to confirm our start of play but it is our understanding that we can achieve such if we can present an acceptable plan. We plan to do just that in the coming few weeks. As for our financing, I have been relaying that we have had numerous options available to us and we are trying to make the best deal for The Hounds. These are difficult times as we all know but we hope this will be completed very soon.
Among those innovations being explored are options to hold games in the Loudoun County region during the first half of the season and be in our new ballpark for the start of the second half. No doubt, it is an aggressive task but we are working to this and other goals we believe you will enjoy. We remain optimistic that the Hounds will be playing in 2012.
The Hounds are committed to our fans and bringing baseball and other events to Loudoun County. We appreciate your continued patience and support. Thank you.
President & CEO
Loudoun Hounds Professional Baseball Club