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.
Unified Government evicts Kansas City T-Bones for failed payments
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
*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.