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Local Officials Work to Secure New Ownership for Tornadoes

Monday, September 03, 2012


With all of the controversy surrounding the Worcester Tornadoes lately, it would seem a long shot for the team to return in 2012, but local officials are now working to make sure that happens.

State Representative candidate Frank Beshai issued a press release this weekend detailing his office's plans to keep baseball in Worcester. The candidate is expected to meet with several investment groups that he has worked with on other major purchases and sales.

The press release states these meetings come due to Beshai's belief in "the importance of professional baseball to the City of Worcester and our children…" It goes on to say that even before the Tornadoes arrived in 2005 Beshai and his investment groups, described as "for the most part local," were discussing bringing a team to Worcester.

Beshai is now expected to contact the Can-Am League, which recently kicked out Tornadoes owner Todd Breighner and his ownership group, Streamlined Sports. Beshai is expected to discuss the possibility of moving forward with a team in Worcester.

Upon booting the Tornadoes' membership, Can-Am League commissioner Miles Wolff sounded optimistic about keeping a team in Worcester.

"We will begin immediately looking for ownership for a team in Worcester that will be a positive influence in the community for many years to come," Wolff said.

The good news for any potential investors would be that the debt of around $600,000 and lawsuits tied to the club are actually attached to the ownership group, Streamlined Sports. Meaning that, if a new ownership group took over, the Worcester Tornadoes would not be responsible for past debts.

Representatives from the College of the Holy Cross have maintained that they will work with the City to keep baseball in Worcester as well, and that their current situation with the Tornadoes- the club is allowed to use Hanover Insurance Park free of charge- would remain on the table.

It seems that everyone in Worcester is doing their part to keep baseball in town, but it remains to be seen if any potential buyers will make a move soon, or if they are still just crunching numbers.    


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