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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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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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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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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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It’s the ‘Waco BlueCats’

waco-bluecats-logoPRESS RELEASE – The Southwest League of Professional Baseball has announced that the new Waco professional team will be called the Waco “BlueCats”. The name “BlueCats” received a majority of the votes from over 1,800 submissions. The team also announced their website at www.wacobluecats.com, which will be live on December 2. Continue reading

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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 Ballpark for Waco Area, More SWL Cities to Be Announced

Ventura Sports Group LogoThe Southwest League of Professional Baseball (SWL) led by Mark Schuster held a press conference Tuesday at the Waco Chamber to formally introduce plans to bring an independent minor league team to the area, housed in a yet-to-be-constructed ballpark in Bellmead (TX).  Read more and view ballpark renderings here.

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Bellmead (TX) Signs New Ballpark MOU with Start-Up SWL

Southwest League LogoThe city of Bellmead (TX) next door to Waco has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Southwest League of Professional Baseball to build a ballpark off Loop 340, as the future home for a team that would start play in April 2018.  The developing league is a product of Ventura Sports Group.  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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Edinburg Chooses Most-Recent Tenant Over Ventura Sports Group

The city of Edinburg (TX) in November put the lease to Edinburg Stadium up for bid, after the owner of the indy pro Edinburg Roadrunners (North American League/United League) were late in making lease payments.   In the end, the city decided to stick with the Roadrunners over Ventura Sports Group, the owner of the indy pro Laredo Lemurs (American Association).  Read more here.

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It’s ‘Uni-Trade Stadium’ for the Lemurs

Uni-Trade Forwarding, LLC has purchased the naming rights for the new $18 million ballpark being built for the indy pro Laredo Lemurs (American Association).  The ballpark will be known as “Uni-Trade Stadium.”  Read more here.

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El Paso Diablos to Get New Owner Today

The American Association’s El Paso Diablos will hold a press conference today to announce the new owner of the franchise.  The team is currently owned by Wisconsin-based Ventura Sports Group, which also recently sold off the Grand Prairie AirHogs.  Read more here.

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The Past, Present, and Future of Baseball in El Paso

Bret Bloomquist from the El Paso Times takes a look at the past, present, and future of professional baseball in El Paso (TX). Local Jim Paul, former owner of the Double-A El Paso Diablos, highly regrets ever selling the team, Ventura Sports Groups still have the indy pro American Association’s Diablos on the block, and some in El Paso still dream of bringing back affiliated ball with Continue reading

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AirHogs Acquired By Southern Independent Baseball

PRESS RELEASE – The Grand Prairie AirHogs announced today that the team has been acquired by Southern Independent Baseball L.L.C. (SIB).  The ownership group resides and works in the Metroplex.  Gary Elliston, Chairman of the Board of SIB, is the senior founding partner of DeHay & Elliston L.L.P. in Dallas.  Elliston becomes the Chairman of the Board of GP Baseball Club L.L.C. Continue reading

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Proposed Houston Area Ballpark Delayed

The proposed new baseball stadium in eastern Montgomery County (TX) at a site in Porter, near Kingwood, will not be ready for the 2012 season as planned.  Outstanding key decisions over funding, siting and other issues by the project’s partners, which include Grand Prairie-based Ventura Sports Group, Sugar Land- Continue reading

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Concerns About Open Year Round Sports Bar at New Laredo Ballpark

Some bar and restaurant owners near the proposed new ballpark in Laredo (TX) are concerned that they would have to pay more in taxes than a proposed open year round sports bar at the stadium, which could create unfair competition for them.  Read more and watch news clip here.

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Denver Suburb Exploring New Ballpark

The Denver suburb of Lone Tree (CO) is exploring the interest in and feasbility of building a new ballpark for an indy pro team.  The community and the owner of a targeted site have apparently been talking with at least one experienced minor league project developer.  Read more here.  Because they have been trolling along the Front Range for opportunities over the last few years, we suspect Continue reading

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Deal Extended in Topeka

The City of Topeka (KS) has extended a deal with Ventura Sports Group to advance the development of a new multiuse ballpark to bring minor league baseball to the city.  Read more here.

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Statement from the Broncos

PRESS RELEASE – The Laredo Broncos are disappointed with today’s budget approval vote given to Ventura Group to operate in the new baseball stadium. Continue reading

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Professional Baseball Coming to Topeka (KS)

PRESS RELEASE – Ventura Sports Group is proud to announce, in partnership with Wallace Bajjali and the City of Topeka that a Memorandum Of Agreement (MOA) has been signed between the parties to explore the opportunities for professional minor league baseball and the construction of a multi use stadium in the community. Continue reading

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Laredo Broncos Get Support From Local Publication

Laredos, a local publication in Laredo (TX), came out with an editorial cartoon taking a swipe at the decision by the Laredo City Council to select the Ventura Sports Group over the United League’s Laredo Broncos as their new stadim project partner.  Apparently, the illustration is causing a little stir with Laredoans.  View news clip here.

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City Council Chooses Ventura Sports Group Over Laredo Broncos

The development of a new baseball stadium in Laredo (TX) continued to move forward last night.  By a vote of 4-3, the Laredo City Council awarded operating control of the new facility to Ventura Sports Group. Continue reading

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American Association Logical Choice for Montgomery County, Texas Team

While this is pretty much a no brainer, the proposed new franchise in Montgomery, TX near Houston is expected to be an independent professional American Association squad.  While a formal application to the league has not been made, Ventura Sports Group already operates the AirHogs and Diablos in the circuit, and the Houston Astros are apparently not interested in waiving their territorial rights to allow an affiliated club to enter the market.  Read more here.

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MoU Signed, Indy Ball Coming to Montgomery County, Texas

PRESS RELEASE – Ventura Sports Group is proud to announce, in partnership with Wallace Bajjali and the East Montgomery County Improvement District (EMCID) that professional minor league baseball will soon be played in Montgomery County, Texas. Continue reading

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