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Royse City Baseball Project in Limbo

The long-anticipated baseball stadium project for a Southwest League (Independent Professional) franchise in Royse City (TX) has hit a roadblock and is in limbo.  Read more here.

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Bellmead (TX) Voters Approve Tax Increase for New Ballpark

Voters in Bellmead (TX) approved an increase in a hotel and motel tax to fund a new sports complex that will house the start-up Waco BlueCats (Independent Professional, Southwest League).  Read more and watch news report here.  Read more here.

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It’s the ‘Joplin Miners’

Officials of the start-up Southwest League of Professional Baseball hope to bat a thousand by crowning their new baseball team in Joplin (MO) the Joplin Miners.  Read more here.

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Voters Will Decide Fate of Hotel Tax for BlueCats Ballpark on May 5

Bellmead (TX) residents will decide in the May 5 election whether to create a new tax on hotel stays to help pay for a multi-purpose ballpark for the still-to-be-formed Waco BlueCats (Independent Professional, Southwest League).  Read more here.

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Start-Up Southwest League Ready to Close on Royse City Property

Mark Schuster, president of Ventura Sports Group, has reportedly told the local newspaper that his group is getting ready to close on property in Royse City (TX) where a proposed ballpark would be built to host a franchise from the start-up Southwest League (Independent Professional).  Royse City is one of the three teams that have been announced.  An additional three teams are expected to be announced in May.  Read more here.

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Name-the-Team Finalists Unveiled for Joplin Franchise

The start-up Southwest League (Independent Professional) has announced six name-the-team finalists for the new franchise that is expected to take up residence at Joe Becker Stadium in Joplin (MO).  The names are Tornadoes, Twisters, Miners, Phoenix, Jacks and 66ers.  Read more and vote here.

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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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Proposed BlueCats Ballpark Could Face Voters

waco-bluecats-logoBellmead (TX) officials are developing a plan to finance $4 million for a proposed baseball stadium for the announced Waco BlueCats (Independent Professional, Southwest League) without raising property taxes or sales tax.  If the city opts to put the decision to the voters, the council would need to decide at its February meeting to take that direction to get the matter on the May ballot.  Read more here.

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Financing Nearly Lined Up for New Waco Ballpark, Team

Southwest League LogoBackers of a minor league baseball team that wants to make the Waco (TX) area home say they’ve lined up most of the financing they’ll need to build a stadium and launch the team.  Read more here.

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New Southwest League to Begin Play in 2018

Southwest League LogoMark Schuster of Ventura Sports Group has announced the launch of the Southwest League of Professional Baseball, a six-team circuit based in Texas that will begin play in 2018.  Schuster claims teams will play in underserved markets in new state-of-the-art multi-use stadiums with seating capacity between 2000-4000 fans.  Read press release here.

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