The sale of the Altoona Curve from Curve Baseball LP to the family of Bob Lozinak has been completed following final approval from the Eastern League, Minor League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner.
The sale of the Altoona Curve (Class AA; Eastern League) from Curve Baseball LP to the family of Bob Lozinak has been completed following receipt of final approval from the Eastern League, Minor League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner.
The announcement that the sale has been approved and completed comes only 29 days after Curve President & Managing Partner Chuck Greenberg announced his group’s agreement to sell the franchise to the Lozinak family at a December 1 press conference at Blair County Ballpark.
The Lozinak family was the original owner of the Curve franchise, together with the late Tate DeWeese, when the club began play in 1999. The family owned the team through the 2001 season before reaching an agreement to sell the franchise to the group led by Greenberg in October 2001.
"We are pleased that the approval process was able to be completed as quickly and smoothly as it was so that the official ownership transfer could take place before the end of the calendar year," said Greenberg. "I’d like to personally wish the best to Bob and Joan Lozinak and their entire family, and Rob Egan and the rest of the Curve front office staff. I know they will do a wonderful job. To all of our incredible fans, we wish you a final thank you, and know that the franchise is in the best of hands."
"My family and I are happy to return to Altoona and the Eastern League," said Lozinak. “We look forward to a great 2009 season and are anxious to see our many friends and families at the ballpark. Altoona will always be my hometown."
David Lozinak today assumes the duties of Chief Operating Officer, while Rob Egan officially takes over the role of Curve General Manager. Egan, who was announced as the club’s incoming General Manager on December 5, served as the club’s play-by-play broadcaster and Director of Broadcasting from the club’s inception in 1999 through the 2004 season. He has spent the past four years as the Secretary for Communications for the Catholic Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown. Egan also hosted the daily, sports talk show, “Front & Center," on the ESPN Radio affiliates in Altoona and State College.
Greenberg previously announced the formation a new company, Greenberg Sports Group (GSG), which will provide management, consulting and marketing services to the sports industry across the country. GSG will manage the overall operations of both the State College Spikes (short season; NY-Penn League) and the Myrtle Beach Pelicans (High Class A; Carolina League).
Outgoing Curve General Manager Todd Parnell will head the management team at Greenberg Sports Group, which will include State College Spikes General Manager Rick Janac, former Curve Associate General Manager Jeff Garner and former Curve Chief Financial Officer John Donley.
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