It was less than budgeted: Wilmington (N.C.) spent around $200,000 on efforts to bring Minor League Baseball to the city, with most of that money going to National Sports Services (NSS).
NSS was paid $135,000 for a feasibility study, concluding the city could economically support pro baseball, outlining potential lease terms and suggesting different funding plans for the project. As of now, NSS’s work was for naught: city voters rejected a plan to raise property taxes to pay for a new ballpark to house an Atlanta Braves farm team.
The good news: the city had budgeted $365,000 on ballpark efforts, so the city budget will have a little cushion with the unused funds.
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