In potentially a sad ending for a community that’s supported baseball, United League Baseball missed yesterday’s deadline for a final $50,000 to cover back rent at the Amarillo Dilla Villa, and the Amarillo Dillas could be evicted as early as this morning.
The independent league had a 2010 lease for the Dilla Villa that called for a base rent of $100,000. No payments were made during the season, but Potter County gave Reunion Sports Group, the outfit running the ULB, time to make three payments to make up the shortfall. The first two $25,000 checks bounced — though the first one was made good after the league wired funds — and the deadline for a $50,000 final payment was missed yesterday.
That leaves the league $75,000 in arrears. Potter County Commissioners will be meeting today to discuss the future of the team; all indications are that the league will be evicted from the Dilla Villa, and presumably the facilty will be open for the 2011 season. It would be surprising if the American Association didn’t swoop in and come to some sort of deal: Amarillo was the ULB’s best draw in 2010, averaging 2,912 fans a game.
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