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American Association frontrunner to land Amarillo lease

American AssociationPotter County (Texas) will exclusively negotiate with Southern Independent Baseball for a lease at Potter County Stadium — the former Amarillo Dilla Villa — as the independent American Association is poised to move into Amarillo for the 2011 season.

Southern Independent Baseball is headed by Scott Berry, who also own the Shreveport-Bossier Captains in the indy circuit. Berry has also been involved in talks about a new downtown ballpark, so the move by Potter County isn’t too surprising.

SIB was chosen over other bids for the ballpark from the Amarillo Dillas (positioning themselves apart from United League Baseball), the start-up Pecos League and Amarillo Community Baseball Club. The Pecos League is built on the remnants of the Continental Baseball League, and we’re not entirely sure exactly what teams are in and what teams are merely pipe dreams (the Amarillo Gold Sox are listed in the league lineup, for example).

Meetings are going on today, and a decision about the lease should come next Monday.

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