Category Archives: Lease & Contracts

Angels Opt Out of Ballpark Lease

The Los Angeles Angels opted out of their lease with the city of Anaheim (CA) on Tuesday, setting the stage for another round of negotiations over whether the team remains in their longtime host city or finds a new home elsewhere in Southern California.  Read more here.

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Ripken Files Suit Against City

Claiming conduct by the City of Aberdeen (MD) in recent years has made operating Ripken Stadium “unbearably difficult,” the company that owns the Aberdeen IronBirds (Single-A, New York-Penn League) has filed suit accusing the city of not living up to the terms of an agreement made nearly 20 years ago.  Read more here.

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City Gives Approval for Soccer at Lugnuts Ballpark

The Lansing (MI) City Council unanimously approved a deal this week to bring professional soccer to Lansing’s downtown baseball stadium beginning this spring.  The team will be called the Lansing Ignite and owned by the owner of the Lansing Lugnuts (Single-A, Midwest League).  The team will play in the United Soccer League Division 3, an offshoot of the longstanding USL and a league loosely affiliated with Major League Soccer.  Read more here.

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Will Locals Save BorderCats?

A week ago, Northwoods League (Summer Collegiate) Chairman and Co-Founder Dick Radatz, Jr. blasted the past and current ownership of the Thunder Bay BorderCats as a “malady of incompetency.”  Below is more of what Radatz had to say:

“Very frankly, we’ve had incompetent ownership up there for quite some time, and they have not run the franchise properly.  It’s severely under-performed, and it’s a shame that the people of Canada had to experience this incompetency, truthfully.”

The franchise has clearly been an embarrassment for the powerhouse circuit for years, as it’s attendance has continued to languish at or near the bottom despite operating in a market with a population of over 100,000.  A group of local investors is scrambling to raise funds to save the franchise before the league-decreed deadline and upcoming October league meetings in Madison (WI).  Read more here.

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MLB/MiLB Affiliation Update

Every two years, Minor League teams with expiring player development contracts (PDC) have the option to change the MLB club with which they affiliate.  Click here for the latest.  Not shown on the list are Amarillo’s (Double-A, Texas League) affiliation with the San Diego Padres, and Colorado Springs’ (Rookie, Pioneer League) affiliation with the Milwaukee Brewers.  The later is merely an extension of the PDC the former Helena Brewers held before relocating to Colorado after the 2018 season.

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Ripken Challenges City, Sets Deadline for Response

Cal Ripken Jr.‘s sports management company said his firm should take over management of non-baseball events such as weddings, concerts and fundraisers at Ripken Stadium, and claims the City of Aberdeen (MD) has not fulfilled its obligations to upgrade the city-owned ballpark.  Read more here.

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Amarillo, Padres Agree to PDC

PRESS RELEASE – Amarillo Professional Baseball and the San Diego Padres announced today that they have agreed to a player-development contract (PDC) that will run through the 2020 season. Continue reading

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