Redevelopment may be the only viable option for Ottawa’s RCGT Park, home of the Ottawa Champions (Independent Professional, Can-Am League), according to a professor at Concordia University. Read more here.
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The city of Ottawa (ON) has ended the Ottawa Champions’ (Independent Professional, Can-Am League) lease at the municipal baseball stadium, but a deal has been made so that the team pays a rental fee, just like any other league or team renting city ball fields. Miles Wolff said the club had been talking with the city for nearly two years about the terms of the 10-year stadium lease to find some way to make it more “livable.” Under the terms of the original lease, the rent was over $400,000 a year. The team is reportedly in arrears. One missing piece to the Champions’ success model is the critical Confederation LRT station that was supposed to open in mid-2018, and it still doesn’t have an opening date set. Read more here.
The Old Orchard Beach Surge (Independent Professional, Empire Professional Baseball League) have relocated from The Ballpark in Old Orchard Beach (ME) to Saranac Lake (NY). The team will be known as the Saranac Lake Surge. Read more here. In other news, the The Can-Am League (Independent Professional) announced last week that the EPBL’s all-star team, the Empire League Grays, will play four games against the 2018 Can-Am League champion Sussex County Miners. Read more here. Thanks to John Cerone for the heads up.
The Sussex County Miners and New Jersey Jackals (Independent Professional, Can-Am League) are celebrating the final season of HBO’s Game of Thrones with special jerseys. Of course, these are not the first and only teams to capitalize on the phenomenon. The Staten Island Yankees (Single-A, New York-Penn League), for example, actually hosted the show’s creator in 2015. And lets not forget about MLB’s promo video from last season.
PRESS RELEASE – Following the conclusion of the Can-Am League Owner Meetings in Orlando, Fla., club owners have given Executive Director Kevin Winn approval to implement league expansion plans on multiple levels.
Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton Park has been identified by city staff as one of 20 possible locations to build affordable housing, giving council a clear option of what to do with the aging baseball stadium after the current lease expires. Read more here.
PRESS RELEASE – Can-Am League officials attended meetings in Havana, Cuba, this week to finalize the agreement with the Cuban National Team and also hosted the delegation from Japan’s Shikoku Island League at Yogi Berra Stadium later in the week.