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Nolan Ryan Group Looking To Buy Stake In Potential Ottawa Minor League Team

Ryan's company already owns two minor league teams in Texas
MLB Rangers President Nolan Ryan’s company, Ryan-Sanders Entertainment (RSE), is "believed to be negotiating through Beacon Sports Capital Partners to own a minority share in the Eastern League (Double-A) franchise poised to set up shop in Ottawa in 2014," according to Don Campbell of the OTTAWA CITIZEN. RSE "already owns" the Triple-A PCL Round Rock Express and Double-A Texas League Corpus Christi Hooks. RSE "has had great success promoting minor league baseball and events" at Whataburger Field in Corpus Christi and Dell Diamond in Round Rock. Whataburger Field was "voted top minor league venue" in both '08 and '09 by Minor League News. It is thought RSE will "play a key role in revitalizing Ottawa Stadium, once home to record-breaking International League crowds when it first opened in 1993." The Ottawa ownership negotiations are "nearing the 11th hour in order to be ready for Ottawa City Council to make final approval next month" (OTTAWA CITIZEN, 11/1).
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