In a lawsuit filed on Monday, the City of Biloxi is seeking litigation against the Biloxi Shuckers (Class AA; Southern League) over MGM Park payments.
The suit, which is against Shuckers owners Biloxi Baseball and Overtime Sports Management, was filed by the city in an effort to obtain a court-ordered accounting of revenue and possible payments by the team. The city is alleging that the Shuckers have not paid their full share for utilities relating to MGM Park’s videoboard, and is also expressing concern that the team has not provided a full accounting of ballpark-related revenue that is to be shared with the city.
Meanwhile, the Shuckers have claimed that a discount is should applied to the rent, which the city says is untrue. More from the Sun Herald:
Biloxi Baseball has paid the city $146,450 in rent through Oct. 1, claiming it is due a discount of $153,550 under the terms of the lease. The city denies the discount, or “offset” is owed.
The city says Biloxi Baseball has failed, despite requests from the city, to account for ticket sales, video-board advertising and other advertising for which the city is supposed to receive compensation under the lease.
“As a result of Biloxi Baseball’s actions and/or inactions,” the lawsuit says, “the city has been unable to verify the amounts that it is owed.”
MGM Park opened for the Shuckers during the 2015 season.