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MS announcement could impact Huntsville baseball


The Huntsville Stars could be on their way out of the Rocket City.

It all hinges on Biloxi, Mississippi's plans for a professional baseball team. The governor of Mississippi announced Thursday the state will put $15-million toward the project.

That money is coming from BP, money the state is getting to put Mississippi back on its feet after the Gulf oil spill.

Governor Phil Bryant said he hopes to build a stadium that holds 14,000 people. He said the state will make up its $15-million investment in no time.

But what does this mean for the Huntsville stars? The Stars are under current lease with Huntsville for two more years. Still, the rumblings are getting louder about the Stars or another possible franchise in the Southern League making a move sooner rather than later.

According to a report by the Mississippi business journal, a team that's close to the end of their city lease agreement with their current city would be prime candidates to possibly make the move to Biloxi. That leaves one of two teams in the Southern League - the Jackson Generals and the Stars.

The caveat though is the Generals' city lease doesn't expire for eight years. The Stars lease ends with Huntsville in 2015.

Earlier Thursday, WAFF 48 News made calls to Southern League President Lori Webb and Stars Majority Owner Miles Prentice. As of this report, we did not receive answers from either.

Stars General Manger Buck Rogers wouldn't make any comments regarding the news from Biloxi.

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