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by ANDREW SCHOTZ and DANIEL J. SERNOVITZ | May 27, 2005
andrews@herald-mail.com daniels@herald-mail.com HAGERSTOWN - Basketball star Magic Johnson and Mandalay Sports Entertainment, which owns the Hagerstown Suns, have formed a real estate partnership to revitalize urban areas around minor league ballparks. Whether the partnership has specific plans for Hagerstown - where a new minor league stadium is being discussed - was unknown Thursday. Kurt Landes, the Suns' general manager, said he'll talk about the local effect of the joint venture during Wednesday's Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce breakfast.
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by ANDREW SCHOTZ | June 2, 2005
andrews@herald-mail.com HALFWAY - It's too early to tell whether former basketball star Magic Johnson's new real estate partnership will invest in Hagerstown, an official with the Hagerstown Suns' ownership group said Wednesday. However, Rich Neumann, the vice president of development for Mandalay Sports Entertainment, offered some insight into how a stadium might be built for the team. Speaking at a business breakfast on the city's baseball future, Neumann said Mandalay is committed to building a stadium as part of a $100 million redevelopment of Hagerstown's east end. Quoting industry standards, he said the stadium might cost $25 million to $35 million and have about 5,500 to 6,500 fixed seats.
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by Andrew SCHOTZ | June 1, 2005
andrews@herald-mail.com HALFWAY - It's too early to tell whether former basketball star Magic Johnson's new real estate partnership will invest in Hagerstown, an official with the Hagerstown Suns' owner said this morning. However, Rich Neumann, the vice president of development for Mandalay Sports Entertainment, offered some insight into how a stadium might be built for the team. Speaking at a business breakfast on the city's baseball future, Neumann said Mandalay is committed to building a stadium as part of a $100 million redevelopment of Hagerstown's east end. Quoting industry standards, he said the stadium might cost $25 million to $35 million and have about 5,500 to 6,500 fixed seats.
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by JULIE E. GREENE | March 12, 2003
julieg@herald-mail.com Hagerstown Suns officials want to extend the lease for Municipal Stadium by a year and possibly two, Hagerstown Mayor William M. Breichner said Tuesday night. The current lease expires at the end of this year. Breichner said representatives of the team and new owners Mandalay Sports Entertainment indicated they wanted a lease for 2003 and 2004 with an option for 2005. Suns General Manager Kurt Landes confirmed the interest in two guaranteed years with an option for a third.
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by SCOTT BUTKI | December 6, 2002
scottb@herald-mail.com HAGERSTOWN - The owner of the Hagerstown Suns has agreed to sell the minor league baseball team to a Los-Angeles based company for an undisclosed amount. The sale to Mandalay Sports Entertainment is contingent on approval by baseball governing bodies. Andrew Rayburn, 45, owner of Ohio-based Big Game Capital, said Thursday his decision to sell the team is unrelated to the fact he couldn't convince local government officials to fund a new baseball stadium.
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by JULIE E. GREENE | March 5, 2003
julieg@herald-mail.com Hagerstown's tough financial situation and the future of the Hagerstown Suns were among the topics Hagerstown Mayor William M. Breichner discussed at Tuesday's State of the City Address. Breichner said Old Man Winter's rebellion led to the city being more then $160,000 over budget for snow removal as of Feb. 26. The city's snow removal budget was $310,000. The city's reserve fund will help cover the extra cost, Breichner said. The city's estimated deficit for the upcoming budget year has ballooned from $1.2 million to $2 million because of state service fee increases and state cuts in highway user funds that are distributed to local governments, Breichner said.
NEWS
by SCOTT BUTKI | December 6, 2002
scottb@herald-mail.com If a proposed agreement is approved, the Hagerstown Suns will be owned by a Los Angeles-based company whose chairman is the producer of movies such as "Witches of Eastwick," "Batman," "Flashdance" and "Rain Man," among others. Hollywood producer Peter Guber is chairman of Mandalay Sports Entertainment, which was created in 1996. Hagerstown Suns General Manager Kurt Landes and current Suns owner Andrew Rayburn said the company has an excellent reputation.
NEWS
by ANDREW SCHOTZ | September 21, 2004
andrews@herald-mail.com The Hagerstown Suns have a new parent team: The New York Mets. After four seasons with the San Francisco Giants, Hagerstown switched affiliations to the Mets last week, the Suns announced Monday. The Suns said they'd rather be tied to a major league team that's closer and has a better minor league system than the Giants. The Giants said Mandalay Sports Entertainment, which owns the Suns, did a poor job of keeping in touch. So, San Francisco and Hagerstown parted.
NEWS
by ANDREW SCHOTZ | February 10, 2003
andrews@herald-mail.com As it awaits final approval of its purchase of the Hagerstown Suns, Mandalay Sports Entertainment is talking baseball with several cities that might want a team. The most publicized discussions were with the city of Evansville, Ind., which was shopping for a team for its new 6,600-seat stadium. Mandalay was one of three finalists in Evansville, said Dave Knapp, a member of the committee choosing a team. The committee knew Mandalay was buying the Hagerstown Suns, but the team never was mentioned specifically during the negotiations, Knapp said.
NEWS
by BOB PARASILITI | December 9, 2002
bobp@herald-mail.com At first glance, Thursday was just another day in the life of the front office of the Hagerstown Suns. Workers were making sales calls and solidifying plans for the 2003 season. And to tell the truth, today will be more of the same - at least on the surface. While team general manager Kurt Landes and his staff go through the mundane business of minor league baseball's off-season, they are in essence being traded. Hagerstown owner Andrew Rayburn announced the agreement to sell the Class A South Atlantic League affiliate of the San Francisco Giants to Mandalay Sports Entertainment, based in Los Angeles.
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by ANDREW SCHOTZ | June 2, 2005
andrews@herald-mail.com HALFWAY - It's too early to tell whether former basketball star Magic Johnson's new real estate partnership will invest in Hagerstown, an official with the Hagerstown Suns' ownership group said Wednesday. However, Rich Neumann, the vice president of development for Mandalay Sports Entertainment, offered some insight into how a stadium might be built for the team. Speaking at a business breakfast on the city's baseball future, Neumann said Mandalay is committed to building a stadium as part of a $100 million redevelopment of Hagerstown's east end. Quoting industry standards, he said the stadium might cost $25 million to $35 million and have about 5,500 to 6,500 fixed seats.
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by Andrew SCHOTZ | June 1, 2005
andrews@herald-mail.com HALFWAY - It's too early to tell whether former basketball star Magic Johnson's new real estate partnership will invest in Hagerstown, an official with the Hagerstown Suns' owner said this morning. However, Rich Neumann, the vice president of development for Mandalay Sports Entertainment, offered some insight into how a stadium might be built for the team. Speaking at a business breakfast on the city's baseball future, Neumann said Mandalay is committed to building a stadium as part of a $100 million redevelopment of Hagerstown's east end. Quoting industry standards, he said the stadium might cost $25 million to $35 million and have about 5,500 to 6,500 fixed seats.
NEWS
by ANDREW SCHOTZ and DANIEL J. SERNOVITZ | May 27, 2005
andrews@herald-mail.com daniels@herald-mail.com HAGERSTOWN - Basketball star Magic Johnson and Mandalay Sports Entertainment, which owns the Hagerstown Suns, have formed a real estate partnership to revitalize urban areas around minor league ballparks. Whether the partnership has specific plans for Hagerstown - where a new minor league stadium is being discussed - was unknown Thursday. Kurt Landes, the Suns' general manager, said he'll talk about the local effect of the joint venture during Wednesday's Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce breakfast.
NEWS
by ANDREW SCHOTZ | September 21, 2004
andrews@herald-mail.com The Hagerstown Suns have a new parent team: The New York Mets. After four seasons with the San Francisco Giants, Hagerstown switched affiliations to the Mets last week, the Suns announced Monday. The Suns said they'd rather be tied to a major league team that's closer and has a better minor league system than the Giants. The Giants said Mandalay Sports Entertainment, which owns the Suns, did a poor job of keeping in touch. So, San Francisco and Hagerstown parted.
NEWS
by JULIE E. GREENE | March 12, 2003
julieg@herald-mail.com Hagerstown Suns officials want to extend the lease for Municipal Stadium by a year and possibly two, Hagerstown Mayor William M. Breichner said Tuesday night. The current lease expires at the end of this year. Breichner said representatives of the team and new owners Mandalay Sports Entertainment indicated they wanted a lease for 2003 and 2004 with an option for 2005. Suns General Manager Kurt Landes confirmed the interest in two guaranteed years with an option for a third.
NEWS
by JULIE E. GREENE | March 5, 2003
julieg@herald-mail.com Hagerstown's tough financial situation and the future of the Hagerstown Suns were among the topics Hagerstown Mayor William M. Breichner discussed at Tuesday's State of the City Address. Breichner said Old Man Winter's rebellion led to the city being more then $160,000 over budget for snow removal as of Feb. 26. The city's snow removal budget was $310,000. The city's reserve fund will help cover the extra cost, Breichner said. The city's estimated deficit for the upcoming budget year has ballooned from $1.2 million to $2 million because of state service fee increases and state cuts in highway user funds that are distributed to local governments, Breichner said.
NEWS
by ANDREW SCHOTZ | February 10, 2003
andrews@herald-mail.com As it awaits final approval of its purchase of the Hagerstown Suns, Mandalay Sports Entertainment is talking baseball with several cities that might want a team. The most publicized discussions were with the city of Evansville, Ind., which was shopping for a team for its new 6,600-seat stadium. Mandalay was one of three finalists in Evansville, said Dave Knapp, a member of the committee choosing a team. The committee knew Mandalay was buying the Hagerstown Suns, but the team never was mentioned specifically during the negotiations, Knapp said.
NEWS
by TIM ROWLAND | December 10, 2002
Here's something for the cloud-seeder types to chew on over the winter: A flashy Los Angeles entertainment syndicate just up and "out of the blue" purchases the Hagerstown Suns. Maybe somebody else understands this, but I sure don't. And if I know the Hagers-town conspiracy community, they will be able to take this baseball and run with it. Let's see: A major casino player just in the past couple of weeks comes to Maryland and meets with state lawmakers to discuss slot machines.
NEWS
by BOB PARASILITI | December 9, 2002
bobp@herald-mail.com At first glance, Thursday was just another day in the life of the front office of the Hagerstown Suns. Workers were making sales calls and solidifying plans for the 2003 season. And to tell the truth, today will be more of the same - at least on the surface. While team general manager Kurt Landes and his staff go through the mundane business of minor league baseball's off-season, they are in essence being traded. Hagerstown owner Andrew Rayburn announced the agreement to sell the Class A South Atlantic League affiliate of the San Francisco Giants to Mandalay Sports Entertainment, based in Los Angeles.
NEWS
by SCOTT BUTKI | December 6, 2002
scottb@herald-mail.com If a proposed agreement is approved, the Hagerstown Suns will be owned by a Los Angeles-based company whose chairman is the producer of movies such as "Witches of Eastwick," "Batman," "Flashdance" and "Rain Man," among others. Hollywood producer Peter Guber is chairman of Mandalay Sports Entertainment, which was created in 1996. Hagerstown Suns General Manager Kurt Landes and current Suns owner Andrew Rayburn said the company has an excellent reputation.
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