So now we have independent ball … the lowest level of minor league baseball. It’s not drawing well. In contrast, imagine how excited Ottawans would be with a Blue Jay affiliate now that the Jays are contenders.
So too did another city media organization and it was told no by city staff. That organization did better than Bulldog Ottawa. City communications has yet to return a phone call on Bulldog Ottawa’s request. Why all the secrecy and why the bad manners in not returning a phone call?
Baseball at Ottawa Stadium.
Let’s do a very close analysis of the Ottawa baseball press release that didn’t make it to Bulldog Ottawa’s mailbox last week:
City staff will commence with the evaluation of the submissions, and will produce an Evaluation Report, which will be presented to the City’s Finance and Economic Development Committee and Council in October.
The bidding for use of Ottawa Stadium is complete.
Strangely enough, your agent at Bulldog Ottawa didn’t even know a press release had been issued on the results of the bidding process Thursday on professional baseball for Ottawa until late Friday.
This is the second time this has occurred on a sensitive topic and when I called communications on the previous one, well they just couldn’t figure out how that happened.
Don’t be fooled by the city saying it has received multiple bids to renovate Ottawa Stadium for baseball and take on a lease.
Sure the city probably has received a few bids but one of the conditions of the deal is that the potential Ottawa franchise holder must have the approval of Minor League Baseball.
Ottawa Stadium: So far no major roadblocks have appeared in the effort to bring baseball back to the city.
A source close to the negotiations says Mandalay Sports Entertainment and Professional Sports Catering have the Minor League Baseball-sanctioned bid to put a team in the currently vacant Conventry Road stadium.
If Mayor Jim Watson were choosing up sides for a pick-up ballgame at Pinecrest, they’d throw out the first pitch in 2017.
On Saturday, Bulldog Ottawa reported the Eastern League saying there was not enough time to prepare an Ottawa franchise for the 2014 season. This is the second time Watson has missed an EL deadline for Double-A ball — the first being for 2013.
McEacharn said talks in which he participated on Thursday and Friday in Toronto and Ottawa were “positive and constructive” but no deal was forged between the parties that would make baseball be ready for the 2014 season.
One of the two companies interested in moving an Eastern League franchise to Ottawa has been put up for sale, according to a story in a major U.S. sports publication.
Baseballdigest.com is reporting that Mandalay Sports Entertainment is on the block. Mandalay and Professional Sports Catering are two names that were reported interested in bringing Double-A baseball to the city and helping renovate Ottawa Stadium on Coventry Road to minor-league standards.
The straw that stirs the drink to work the deal that will bring baseball to Ottawa is Richard Billings of Beacon Sports.
The managing director and COO of the Boston-based firm has brokered some of the biggest deals in recent North American sports history. He represents an Eastern League team owner who is prepared to move his franchise to Ottawa in 2014.
Ottawa Stadium and the Lynx when the city had a Triple-A baseball team.
Boston sports firm Beacon Sports is exploring interest from eight entities across the United States and Canada interested in bringing Double-A baseball to Ottawa.
Half of those organizations are in Ottawa or Toronto, said Richard Billings, managing director of Beacon.
A pre-game crowd for the Ottawa Lynx: The bid to bring baseball to Ottawa is far from over.
Is the proposal for an Ottawa Class-AA Eastern League baseball team dead? No, not by a long shot.
Has it had a hiccup? Yes it has, perhaps a significant one. However, reports that bringing an Eastern League club to Ottawa have failed are untrue, I’ve been told by a person close to the negotiations. In fact, the Eastern League is still helping with the negotiations. And those dealings are continuing as both my sources and the City of Ottawa have said.
This is a city internal document obtained by Bulldog Ottawa. This is the document that was expected to be released today as explained in the Bulldog post Tuesday night:
Dear Council colleague,
I am writing to update you on the progress being made in our efforts to bring professional baseball back to Ottawa.
This is the last out of the old Ottawa Lynx at the stadium on Coventry Road.
I’ve been beating the bushes lately trying to discover who is the local owner of the new Class AA Eastern League team scheduled to start in 2014.
It’s harder getting information on this than pulling Prince Fielder’s molars. Still there’s something troubling about all this.