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New Rock Cats ownership group unveiled

New Britain Rock CatsThe new ownership of the New Britain Rock Cats (Class AA; Eastern League) was formally introduced today: a group led by real-estate investor Josh Solomon and his siblings, Jim Solomon and Jennifer Goorno.

You may recognize the Solomon name: father Art Solomon is the lead investor in DSF Sports, which own the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Class AA; Eastern League) and the Bowling Green Hot Rods (Low Class A; Midwest League). John Willi, the former Rock Cats GM who will now be president and GM of the Rock Cats, worked for DSF Sports the past few years.

“We are proud and excited to begin the latest era of New Britain baseball,” said Josh Solomon. “As we prepare for our 30th season, we will strive to improve upon the high standards of entertainment, affordability, and community involvement that our fans have come to expect over the past three decades. We look forward to getting to know our fans as we continue the longstanding tradition of excellence for New Britain baseball.”

Josh Solomon is currently the president of The DSF Group, a real-estate investment and development firm with offices in Boston and Washington D.C., which he co-founded. The firm focuses on the markets within the northeast corridor from Boston to Washington, D.C.

The sale price was not announced, but multiple sources pegged it at $15 million. 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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