Tucson Padres officially sold
Reporter: Jason Barr; Sports Director
EL PASO (KVIA-TV) The sale of the Tucson Padres to El Paso based Mountain Star Sports Group has been finalized.
Paul Foster, one of the team's owners, would not reveal how much the ownership group paid for the team but did say there is a chance the team could turn a profit in three years. Mountain Star The team does not have a name yet and there is a possibility there will be a contest launched in the next few days to have El Pasoans help name the team.
Alan Ledford has been named, the president of MountainStar Sports Group. He was Minor League Baseball's executive of the year in 2006. "Many people think we're on the baseball business. I like to think we're in the memory making business," Ledford said.
On Sept. 20, El Paso Mayor John Cook announced his decision not to veto City Council's decision to build a ballpark on the current site of City Hall. At the Sept. 18 City Council meeting, city representatives passed three agenda items 4-to-3 that will pave the way to demolish City Hall and allow for a ballpark to be built in Downtown El Paso. Former Mayor Ray Salazar has filed a lawsuit to prevent the demolition of City Hall. “Either way I was going to make some people happy, and some people not happy," Cook said on Sept. 20.
Cook said he expects city staffers to begin moving out of City Hall in March. That will allow time to demolish the building and begin construction on a $50 million stadium that is expected to be ready for a Triple-A team for the 2014 season.
The 2013 season will be the last of three seasons in Tucson for the Padres.