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Bell: Cats will be back in 2012

Fort Worth CatsDespite a move by the American Association to remove the Fort Worth Cats from its 2012 lineup, owner Carl Bell says he’s selling the team to new owners, who would field a team next season.

Earlier this week the American Association pulled the team’s membership after Bell failed to provide a $200,000 letter of credit, a league requirement at the start of every season. Nothing firm in terms of these new owners has been announced, and you must presume Miles Wolff and crew weren’t sufficiently optimistic about any sale of the team before yanking the team’s league privileges.

In an interview with a local TV station, Bell said he was working on a sale of the team and also wants to see the Fort Worth Sports Authority buy historic LaGrave Field, which has been an economic liability for Bell in recent years. 

No schedule yet for the American Association, as there are some challenges. Word in league circles is that the Shreveport-Bossier Captains are ceasing operations as well; the team is still listed as one of 13 active franchises on the league website, but that list doesn’t include Laredo, and there’s no mention of a 2012 season on the Captains website. (Then again, the Laredo Lemurs site doesn’t mention the American Association, either.)

RELATED STORIES: Fort Worth booted from American Association; Future of Fort Worth Cats in doubt; big decisions loom; Bell selling Cats, ballpark


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