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El Paso group pledges profits to charity

New El Paso ballpark

The word from MountainStar Sports Group was brief, but the intent is clear: two of the potential Triple-A team owners will give their profits to charity if a downtown El Paso ballpark is built.

There’s a been a toxic environment lately surrounding a new downtown ballpark, with opponents slinging anything against the wall to see if it will stick. Don’t mistake passion for popularity: just because you can yell the loudest doesn’t make you right, and the inability of El Paso ballpark opponents to successfully complete a petition drive or get more than a hundred or so folks out to a public meeting is telling.

Still, we’re seeing a little damage control from MountainStar Sports Group, which wants to counter the notion that the $50-million ballpark is being built to benefit the well-off in the city. The solution: a statement mailed to press outlets last night. Here’s the entirety of the press statement:

Paul Foster and Woody Hunt have committed to donate any profits from the operation of a Triple-A Baseball team in downtown El Paso to the community. The money would be given for charitable purposes, and would continue for the foreseeable future.  

Sure, it’s vague, but the intent is clear: the ballpark will benefi more than just the owners. It will be interesting to see where the discussion now goes in El Paso.

Image courtesy City of El Paso.

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