After hearing pitches from the American Association, North American League and several groups with ties to the Frontier League, officials with the Village of Schaumburg are expected to decide as soon as tomorrow on a new tenant for Alexian Field.
The presentations took place last week, and groups making pitches were told that a priority for the village was to have a team playing in 2011. That hobbled the bid from the American Association, where Commissioner Miles Wolff reportedly did not want to alter the league’s schedule for 2011 despite making an offer that called for a new tenant to make several upgrades to the ballpark.
The highest offer in terms of base rent, we’re told, was made by reps from the North American League, but it was limited: the reps did not want to make a long-term commitment to the ballpark.
The most interesting presentations, we’re told, came from groups looking to play in the Frontier League in 2011. At least two existing Frontier League owners made separate presentations, as did a group with no team in the circuit. All were willing to make long-term lease commitments. All of this should make a difficult decision for city officials: a decision is expected this week, and perhaps as soon as tomorrow.
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