We reported this at the beginning of the month, and now San Antonio Missions The sale is now official, with the lineup of buyers a mix of local investors and Ryan Sanders baseballowner Round Rock Express (Triple-A; Pacific Coast Association).
Double-A Texas League team sold by owner Dave Elmore and the Elmore Group he is Designated BiddersLLC, headed by Bruce HillAnd the Randy Smith And the Graham Weston From Weston Urbana local entrepreneur Bob Cohen Bob Cohen Strategies, W Peter J Holt. Ryan Sanders baseballowned by the families of a Major League Baseball Hall of Famer and native Texan Nolan RyanExecutive Director Reed RyanAnd the Don Sanderswill join the designated bidders as mission owners and operators.
In addition, the new Missions ownership group also includes Spurs Legends and Basketball Hall of Famers David Robinson and family and Manu Ginobilialong with many San Antonio civic leaders, incl Henry Cisneros, Hope Andrade, Berto Guerra, Max Navarro, and the Cortez family. Former MiLB Players Roger Clemens And the Craig Biggio Part of the Ryan Sanders estate and their investments in the Missions.
“Local ownership is essential to ensuring the long-term success of the Missions for our community,” Bruce Hill, who will serve as the principal person in the Mission’s relationship with Major League Baseball, said via press release. “Our group is excited to bring passionate and experienced local ownership to our professional baseball team in San Antonio and continue the San Antonio baseball tradition that began in the 1880s. The group of investors is pursuing this challenge out of our collective desire to keep San Antonio a vibrant and diverse city and the one we all love.We will work hard to continue to build San Antonio Missions an important part of quality of life in San Antonio and an affordable family entertainment option in South Texas.The partnership with Ryan Sanders Baseball adds great strength to our efforts as we usher in this new era of professional baseball in San Antonio “.
Weston Urban brings experience from the development of exciting new Downtown San Antonio projects, including Frost Tower, Legacy Park, 300 Main, and the upcoming redevelopment of the former Continental Hotel complex. In addition, Holt, Hill and Cohen brought a proven track record of sports business success to the new ownership group. Under Holt’s leadership as president of Spurs Sports & Entertainment, the team won five NBA championships. Hill is a part owner of Spurs, and Cohen, a San Antonio native and Clear Channel and commZoom LLC executive, has been involved in media, sports and entertainment throughout his career. SSE also owns San Antonio FC of the USL Championship.
The big issue for the new ownership: addressing the team’s attitude. The Missions and Weston Group have been discussing a new ballpark since 2012, and with all parties recognizing the challenge of bringing Nelson Wolff Stadium up to MLB’s new MiLB facility rules, spending money on the old ballpark will not have the economic impact of a new ballpark.
“We believe our city needs a vibrant playground where walkable businesses, entertainment, public spaces, and arts and culture attract the talent of today and tomorrow,” Smith, CEO of Weston Urban, said via press release. Recent developments anchored by a well-located soccer field can provide an incentive to accelerate those crucial human connections. A friendly, family-friendly place is key to continuing to build the city our kids will call home.”
“Ryan Sanders Baseball and the Ryan family have 25 years of experience, leadership, and success in the industry at the minor league and major league levels,” said Red Ryan, CEO/Owner of Ryan Sanders Baseball, via press release. “Our team’s dedication to excellence and the fan experience is very much in line with the pool, vision, and energy of our particular investor bidders. This partnership will ensure the future of professional baseball in San Antonio for generations to come, and we couldn’t be happier to be on board on this journey.”
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