Reunion Sports Group was back in court this week, asking a district court judge to reverse his decision to deny a temporary restraining order against Potter County over the eviction of the Amarillo Dillas (independent; United League Baseball) from Potter County Memorial Stadium.
Judge Dan Schaap denied the motion, ruling that the county was immune from such a legal action, saying state law limited actions that can be taken against a governmental unit in Texas. The new filing argues that the county waived its right to immunity by entering into a new lease agreement for the ballpark.
The Dillas were evicted after failing to pay $75,000 in rent for the 2011 season; since then RSG wired $25,000 to the county to cover a bounced check. However, $50,000 in back rent is still outstanding, and based on that the county evicted the team and entered into a new lease with Southern Independent Baseball, and an independent American Association team is slated to play in the ballpark for the 2011 season.
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