In the ultimate in absentee ownership, a New Yorker teaching in the Czech Republic is interested in owning a WCBL team in Grays Harbor, Washington.In the ultimate in absentee ownership, a New Yorker teaching in the Czech Republic is interested in owning a WCBL team in Grays Harbor, Washington.
Ted Kapnick is looking at fielding a team in the summer-collegiate West Coast Baseball League beginning in the 2010 season. Olympic Stadium, which opened in 1938, hasn’t seen organized ball since the Western League’s Grays Harbor Gulls played there in 1995-1997.
The cost of fielding a team in the WCBL these days: $200,000 for the franchise fee and $100,000 for startup costs. (That’s the list price; it sounds like league officials are willing to entertain lesser offers.) Kapnick says he’s willing to invest $50,000 in the effort and is seeking local investors for the rest.
UPDATE: Kapnick tells us that if he does land the team he’s moving to Grays Harbor to run it.