It’s been quite an interesting week for the long-time American Association team.
The Fort Worth Cats, one of the founding members of the American Association have been sold by Carl Bell to John Bryant and Byron Pierce, co-founders of United League Baseball, and have been accepted by the North American League as a member of the South Division (United League Baseball merged with the Northern League and Golden Baseball League to form the NAL). With this purchase comes Mike Stone, former President of the Texas Rangers as the new Chairman of the team.
The purchase by Bryant and Pierce will be the fifth Indy team that they have owned and with purchasing the Cats, they now have a franchise with over 125 years of experience and loyal fan base on top of that.
According to the Star-Telegram, the Cats have joined the NAL because of their failure to pay a $200,000 letter of credit owed to the American Association.
Despite the financial troubles, Kevin Outcalt, CEO of the NAL is pretty excited with the new team; who wouldn’t be. The Cats make it five teams in Texas with their arrival, and with the tradition they bring, it only makes the league fan base even stronger.
"We are thrilled to have the Fort Worth Cats as a member of the 2012 North American League," said NAL Chief Executive Officer Kevin Outcalt. "It's a first class market and stadium with more than a century of baseball tradition. The new ownership group is very experienced and we look forward to the leadership of Mike Stone to revitalize the brand and the team."
While no formalized schedule has been posted to the Cats site, keep informed by checking out the NAL for team and league updates.
Devon is the Founder and Executive Director of The GM's Perspective
Devon and is an Associate member of The Professional Writers Association of Canada, is a featured writer on Examiner.com and member of the Yarbarker Network,
Devon is a former professional baseball player with the River City Rascals & Gateway Grizzlies, and is now an independent scout.
He is also and author for the Business of Sports Network, which includes the Biz of Baseball, the Biz of Football, the Biz of Basketball and the Biz of Hockey. He is also a contributor to the Canadian Baseball Network. He has continued to further his knowledge by completing Sports Management Worldwide's Baseball General Manager Class and interning with The Football Outsiders.
Currently, Devon is a Manager at a financial institution in Northern Ontario Canada, and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can follow The GM's Perspective on Twitter and facebook