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Joplin Approves Ballpark Lease with Ventura Sports Group

An agreement to lease Joe Becker Stadium in Joplin (MO) to Ventura Sports Group and Joplin Sports and Entertainment for a franchise in the start-up Southwest League (Independent Professional) was approved Monday night by the Joplin City Council.  The city can terminate the agreement if a six-team league is not firmed up by Oct. 15.  Read more here.

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Joplin to Negotiate with Ventura Sports Group, Start-Up SWL

A five-year lease that would allow a baseball organization to locate an independent team at Joe Becker Stadium and handle overall operations there year-round will be proposed Monday night to the Joplin City Council.  Read more here.

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Bellmead Waiting to Pull the Ballpark Trigger

The start-up Waco BlueCats (Independent Professional, Southwest League) have a logo, an official beer and a website selling swag and season passes for opening season in April 2019.  What it does not have is an actual team, an operating league, or anything more than a memorandum of understanding with the city of Bellmead (TX) to build the proposed $12-million public-private stadium.  Read more here.

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Bellmead Council to Seek State Approval for Ballpark Ballot Measure

Bellmead (TX) residents may vote in May on a new venue tax to fund a proposed baseball stadium to host the start-up Waco BlueCats (Independent Professional, Southwest League).  Read more here.

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Start-Up Southwest League Seeking Non-Binding Agreement with Joplin

Details about bringing a professional baseball proposal to Joplin and Joe Becker Stadium will be discussed Wednesday during a work session of the Joplin City Council.  City Manager Sam Anselm said organizers of the startup Southwest League of Professional Baseball, based in Texas, want a nonbinding agreement that would allow them to start soliciting investors for the venture.  Read more here.

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Short of Public Outcry, Bellmead Will Move Forward with Ballpark Plans

waco-bluecats-logoUnless residents speak up to oppose the idea, the city of Bellmead (TX) plans to begin negotiations in April on a development and operations agreement with Ventura Sports Group for the proposed $11 million professional baseball complex.  Read more here.

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Royse City Extends MOU with Ballpark Developer

Southwest League Logoroyse-cityDuring its morning meeting on Jan. 24, the Royse City (TX) Community Development Corporation’s Board of Directors approved the ballpark developer’s request to extend its memorandum of understanding (MOU) by six months.  Read more here.

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