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Franchise Sale Prices: Baseball

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Triple-A Baseball

Expansion fees:

  • 1991 – Ottawa Lynx – $5.0 million (Howard Darwin)

Sales of existing franchises:

  • 1978 – Spokane Indians – $180,000 (Bill Cutler to Larry Koentopp et al.)
  • 1984 – Wichita Aeros – $1.0 million (Milton Glickman to Bob Rich, Jr.)
  • 1986 – Louisville Redbirds – $4.5 million (A. Ray Smith to Dan Ulmer, Jack Hillerich & Gene Gardiner et al)
  • 1991 – Tacoma (WA) Tigers – $5.5 million (? to George Foster)
  • 1992 – Las Vegas Stars – $7.0 million (Larry Koentopp to Hank & Ken Stickney)
  • 1992 – Tidewater (VA) Tides ~ $7.0 million (New York Mets to Ken Young et al.)
  • 1999 – Tucson Sidewinders – $8.0 million (Martin Stone to Jay Zucker)
  • 2000 – Albuquerque Dukes – $11.5 million (Bob & Joan Lozinak to Portland Family Entertainment)
  • 2003 – Edmonton Trappers – $10.5 million (Edmonton Eskimo Football Club to Nolan & Reid Ryan)
  • 2007 – Tucson Sidewinders – $15.0 million (Jay Zucker to Jerry Katzoff, Stuart Katzoff & Herb Simon)

Double-A Baseball

Expansion fees:

  • 1992 – Portland Sea Dogs – $3.5 million (Daniel Burke)

Sales of existing franchises:

  • 1969 – Pittsfield (MA) Senators – $1,000 (Joe Buzas or Eastern League? to Pat McKernan)
  • 1977 – Reading (PA) Phillies – $1.00 (? to Joe Buzas)
  • 1981 – Holyoke (MA) Millers – $85,000 (? to Jerry Mileur et al.)
  • 1982 – West Haven (CT) A’s – $100,000 (David Goldstein to Ben Bernard)
  • 1986 – Reading (PA) Phillies – $1.0 million (Joe Buzas to Craig Stein)
  • 1988 – Memphis Chicks – $1.8 million (Avron Fogelman to Craig Stein & Steven Resnick)
  • 1989 – Memphis Chicks – $3.2 million (Craig Stein & Steven Resnick to Mike Nicklous & Richard Addeo)
  • 1990 – Birmingham Barons – $3.6 million (Art Clarkson to Suntory International)
  • 1994 – Harrisburg (PA) Senators – $4.1 million (Jerry Mileur & Scott Carter to Steven Resnick et al.)
  • 1995 – Harrisburg (PA) Senators – $6.7 million (Steven Resnick et al. to City of Harrisburg)
  • 1998 – New Britain (CT) Rock Cats – $7.5 million (Joe Buzas to Coleman Levy & Bill Dowling, et al.)
  • 2002 – West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx – $7.0 million (David Hersh to Bob Lozinak)
  • 2002 – Altoona (PA) Curve – $12.0 million (Bob Lozinak & Tate DeWeese to Chuck Greenberg)
  • 2003 – New Haven (CT) Ravens – $8.5 million (Edward Massey to Drew Weber)
  • 2004 – El Paso Diablos – $9.8 million (Brett Sports & Entertainment to the St. Louis Cardinals)
  • 2007 – Harrisburg (PA) Senators – $13.25 million (City of Harrisburg to Michael Reinsdorf et al.)

Single-A Baseball

Expansion fees:

  • 1979 – Durham (NC) Bulls – $2,417 (Miles Wolff)

Sales of existing franchises:

  • 1981 – Central Oregon Phillies – $63,000 (Gene Davis to Jack Cain)
  • 1983 – Peoria (IL) Suns – $115,000 (? to Pete Vonachen)
  • 1984 – Utica (NY) Blue Sox – $70,000 (Roger Kahn et al. to Greg Larson & Bob Fowler et al.)
  • 1985 – Peninsula (VA) Pilots – $160,000 (Joe Buzas to Gil Granger)
  • 1986 – Salinas (CA) Spurs – $200,000 (? to Jay Goldinger)
  • 1988 – Peninsula (VA) Pilots – $600,000 (Gil Granger to Jay Acton & Eric Margenau)
  • 1990 – Durham (NC) Bulls – $4.0 million (Miles Wolff to Jim Goodmon)
  • 1991 – Palm Springs (CA) Angels – $1.0 million (? to Ken Stickney)
  • 1992 – Peninsula (VA) Pilots – $1.6 million (Jay Acton & Eric Margenau to Frank Boulton, Bud Harrelson, et al.)
  • 2002 – Utica (NY) Blue Sox – $3.0 million (Bob Fowler to Ripken Baseball)
  • 2005 – Asheville (NC) Tourists – $6.5 million (Woody Kern to Palace Sports & Entertainment)

Independent Baseball

Original franchise fees:

  • 1995 – Long Beach Barracuda – $50,000 (Christopher Gibbs)

Sales of existing franchises:

  • 2002 – Adirondack (NY) Lumberjacks – $575,000 (Charles Jacey to Charles “Chip” Hutchins)
  • 2011 – Grand Prairie (TX) AirHogs – $1.5 million (Roger Christoph et al.  to Gary Elliston & Scott Berry)
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Written by andycrossley

May 18, 2011 at 5:42 pm

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