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CB Thunder locked out of ballpark

United League BaseballThe Coastal Bend Thunder (independent; United League Baseball) has been locked out of Coastal Bend Field for nonpayment of $24,000 in back rent, as Nueces County officials have been unable to contact team or league officials to arrange payment.

The news was first reported by the Nueces County Record Star.

It’s the latest financial problem for the independent league, which lost its lease in Amarillo after nonpayment of back rent and its lease in Laredo after the city decided to work with Ventura Sports on a new-ballpark plan. The Thunder was also planned as a part of the new independent North American League, which also lost Joliet this week. We’re not sure Robstown was a long-term solution for the NAL: there has been talk of a big name talking with city officials about placing another team there.

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