Western Association Announces First Team For Inaugural Season

In July, Indy Ball Island did a Q & A with the Western Association of Professional Baseball. 

At the time of the interview, the league wasn’t ready to announce any information about locations or teams.  That changed today.

The Western Association of Professional Baseball announced their first team, the Henderson Hoo, today.

THE WESTERN ASSOCIATION WELCOMES THE HENDERSON HOO

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by Western Association

The Western Association Welcomes The Henderson Hoo

Newport Beach, CA, September 26, 2019 – The Western Association of Professional Baseball Clubs (“WAPB”) is proud to announce that it has accepted an application for membership to place a charter franchise in Henderson, Nevada.

The franchise will be known as the Henderson Hoo, which will begin play in 2020 as part of the planned inaugural season. The Hoo will play their home games at Morse Field on the campus of the College of Southern Nevada where it has come to terms on a multi-year lease agreement. The franchise has been awarded to Minneapolis based business owner, Nick Sperides who is a widely respected Architect and Founding Partner of Sperides Reiners Architects, Inc., a full-service architectural design firm.

“it’s an honor to welcome the inaugural franchise to the Western Association”, said Peter Young, Vice President of Business Operations for the league. “Henderson is a vibrant area of Nevada and this level of professional baseball will definitively appeal to families, especially those with young children.”

Principal owner, Nick Sperides established his architecture business in 1998 and it is headquartered in the heart of the Twin Cities. They maintain a dedicated staff of professional, architectural, interior design and administrative support team members as a full-service design firm. Seen throughout the industry as experts in creating innovative, and high-quality healthcare and wellness centers along with corporate, retail, professional and amateur sports venues and mixed-use housing environments. Over the years Sperides Reiners Architects (“SRA”) has developed a leading name within the industry.

“We are excited to be a part of the WAPB and for the opportunity to establish the first franchise of the league in Henderson. We are eager to create a “hometown team” for the City and to engage in the community to create a baseball team for Henderson to truly call their own.” Said Team Owner, Nick Sperides. “In the formation of the Western Association we have been impressed with the mission of the league and the integrity of the group of owners and operators that will be involved. This announcement of the Henderson baseball club is the culmination of several years of hard work and research to design a business that will represent and serve the community, the players, and most important the great game of baseball well”.

The Henderson franchise is the first of several forthcoming announcements for the Western Association leading up to the New Year and in preparation of Opening Day 2020. To learn more about the team and to follow the development of the Henderson Hoo, please visit us at www.hoobaseball.com. A formal press conference is being planned by the organization and details about the event will be made public in the near future.

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Kansas City T-Bones to be Evicted Following Season

It appears as another independent team and city may be in jeopardy of going dark after the 2019 season… this time in the American Association.

It was announced today that the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas will be evicting the T-Bones for failure to make payments.

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Unified Government evicts Kansas City T-Bones for failed payments

Fox 4 Kansas City WDAF-TV

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas is evicting the Kansas City T-Bones baseball team from their ball park in Village West.

The UG said the team defaulted on agreed upon payments to both the UG and Board of Public Utilities.

The government said the eviction letter was sent on Friday and has ordered the baseball team to leave the stadium and remove all of its property by Friday, Sept. 13 at 5 p.m.

The notice of the payments was sent Sept. 14, 2018, alerting the T-Bones it was behind in making required payments, according to the UG.

The UG said they re-worked the management agreement with the T-Bones in 2017 in an effort to keep the team in the stadium. Under the agreement, the team is responsible for paying current utility bills, past due utility bills and past due payments for use of the stadium.

The team is delinquent in paying $358,439.53 in current utility payments, $328,749.77 in past due BPU costs and $75,545.10 owed under the lease agreement for use of the stadium, according to the eviction notice.

The T-Bones owners have made only three out of 48 monthly payments of $1,678, making the baseball organization in default for 45 monthly payments.

The UG spent $8 million through an agreement in 2014 to buy the ballpark and make the T-Bones a tenant. Ehlert Development originally financed the $12 million ballpark, which was completed in 2003.

According to the UG, the eviction of the T-Bones from the UG owned ballpark does not erase the debts and that they reserve the right and intends to seek all remedies available to collect on the financial obligations.

In 2018, the T-Bones clinched their first American Association Championship.

FOX4 has reached out to the team for comment.

This will not effect the regular season, as the T-Bones end the regular season on September 2nd; However, the team is currently in 2nd place in the south division, and the championship series could last as late as September 16th.

*Update* Aug 19, 2019 7:45 PM ET

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*Update* Aug 19, 2019 8:55 PM ET

A statement from American Association Commissioner Joshua E. Schaub regarding the Kansas City T-Bones:

The American Association is aware of the press release sent by the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City regarding a dispute with Kansas City T-Bones flowing from utility payments. The league was aware the T-Bones were currently in negotiations with the Unified Government regarding the lease and had not been made aware of any ongoing disputes that would lead to today’s action.

The American Association will be working with the T-Bones and the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City to resolve this matter and ensure American Association baseball stays in Kansas City for years to come.

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