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Obstacles to new ballparks in California: not as bleak as expected

When Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law abolishing California’s redevelopment agencies, many in baseball assumed public financing of ballparks was a thing of the past. Turns out the news may not be so terrible — but the circumstances are still troublesome. Tax-increment financing is a tried-and-true economic-development tool, and it’s occasionally used to build ballparks. […]

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T-Padres unveil investors

The Tucson Padres (Class AAA; Pacific Coast League) announced the 11 investors in the team, joining Mike Feder in Tucson AAA Baseball LLC. “When I finalized a management agreement with North County Baseball LLC and formed Tucson AAA Baseball LLC for the business operation of the Tucson franchise, I knew we needed local people with […]

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Escondido ballpark vote delayed

A vote on a new ballpark for the Tucson Padres (Class AAA; Pacific Coast League) in Escondido, Cal., has been delayed once again, as the City Council grapples with budgeting in the wake of potential loss of redevelopment funds. The vote was scheduled for Feb. 16. It has been pushed back to March 2. It’s […]

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