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New Britain Rock Cats sold

New Britain Rock CatsThe New Britain Rock Cats (Class AA; Eastern League) are in the process of being sold to an investment group headed by former GM John Willi for $15 million, according to multiple sources.

The local newspaper had incorrectly reported the sale of the team to DSF Sports and Entertainment, which already owns the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Class AA; Eastern League) and the Bowling Green Hot Rods (Low Class A; Midwest League). That information was incorrect, but a little understandable: Willi left the Rock Cats in 2010 for a position with DSF.

The sale is expected to close by the beginning of the 2012 season.

The Rock Cats have been owned by Coleman Levy and Bill Dowling since 2000; Dowling will retain a small share of the team and remain at New Britain Stadium as a consultant. The team was established by the legendary Joe Buzas 30 years ago.


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