A bid to build an independent-baseball ballpark in Jackson County, MI is coming down to the wire, as the organizing group is being asked to finalize a $3 million naming-rights deal before public money is committed.
Commanding Curve has been working on a Frontier League team for Jackson County, located south of Lansing and west of Ann Arbor in southern Michigan. The proposal has a site at the Jackson County Fairgrounds and a potential cost of $8 million to $12 million, but funding remains an issue. Commanding Curve is already working off an extension to put together a Jackson County naming-rights deal, and with a deadline of March 1 approaching, Commanding Curve president Dan DuBois puts the odds at 50-50 that a deal will come together. From WLNS:
“It’s down to the wire, there’s no doubt about it. It could just as easily happen as not happen,” said Dan DuBois, President of Commanding Curve….
“We still have some opportunities with some naming rights partners; they’re still at the stage of evaluating it. So we expect a yes or no answer on them in the next couple of weeks,” DuBois said.
The sponsor would pay $300,000 a year for 10 years to have its name on the stadium.
Initially a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between Commanding Curve and the county on a Jackson County naming-rights deal was set to expire in June 2016, only to be extended through August 2016 and then through Feb. 28, 2017.