Saturday, December 31, 2005

Stadium For Sale?

The Edinburg Roadrunners forget to pay their rent, and the city kicks them out of the stadium. Meanwhile, what will Edinburg do with that facility? According to Action 4 Sports Director Clay Williams, they want to secretly sell it:
According to depositions given by Edinburg Mayor Richard Garcia and City Manager Wendy Sturgis-Smith and obtained by Action 4 Sports, the lease the city signed with the new United Baseball League gives the UBL an option to buy the stadium for $5.31 million. ...

The court documents obtained by Action 4 Sports indicate the push to sell the stadium was never made public by the city, and Edinburg made no attempt to garner other bids.

The documents also indicate the city also never had the stadium appraised for market value, and never received any financial disclosures from the new United Baseball League to see whether they have the werewithal to actually buy it.
That paperwork comes from the Roadrunners' lawsuit, which claims Edinburg violated the Texas Open Meetings Act by not posting its April 19 action to terminate the 'Runners lease.

Whatever the outcome of this legal dispute, fans and taxpayers are sure to suffer.


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