HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - A potential ownership sale that would pave the way for the Huntsville Stars to move to Biloxi, Mississippi will be discussed at the Baseball Winter Meetings in Florida Wednesday.
Owners of the ten Southern League baseball teams are scheduled to meet Wednesday afternoon in Orlando. According to our news partners at The Huntsville Times, a potential sale of the Stars from current owner Miles Prentice to Ken Young will be discussed in executive session. The Times says Prentice has been in ongoing negotiations with Young about the Stars, who would move to Biloxi if the deal is finalized.
A majority of Southern League owners have to approve the ownership sale, along with consent from Minor League Baseball. It's not yet known if an actual vote will occur Wednesday, but it is possible.
The Times said a number of Southern League owners and general managers may have reservations over the move due to Huntsville's history within the league and its relative proximity to other cities in the SL. Huntsville is less than a four-hour drive to five of the other nine Southern League locales, an important factor due to the league's reliance on bus travel. The Stars have played in Huntsville since 1985, and had the league's lowest overall average attendance in the 2013 season. The team's lease at Joe Davis Stadium expires after the 2014 season, freeing them up to move to Biloxi.
Officials with the Stars declined to comment on the sale or possible move.
"We have nothing to report," Stars spokeswoman Nicole Collins said in a statement via e-mail. "For any further information please contact our league offices."
Southern League President Lori Webb did not respond to our requests for comment. The Milwaukee Brewers deferred all questions on the move to the Stars. Huntsville is Milwaukee's current AA affiliate, but it's not known if a move would impact the Brewers relationship with the franchise.