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Serious talks underway to bring new baseball team to Huntsville

Published: Jul. 10, 2014 at 5:28 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 7, 2014 at 5:28 PM CDT
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HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - A former Huntsville Stars owner confirmed to WAFF that serious talks are underway to bring a new minor league baseball team to Huntsville.

"There are conversations going on," said Huntsville attorney Mark McDaniel.

McDaniel owned the Huntsville Stars from 1994 to 2001 and was the attorney for the Southern League, the league the Huntsville Stars play in, from 2001 to 2011. McDaniel was also part of a group that was unsuccessful in purchasing the Kansas City Royals several years ago.

The former owner wouldn't say who contacted him about bringing a team to Huntsville, but did reveal a new ball team would cost around $16 million.

"Any time you're talking about $16 million it's pretty serious," said McDaniel.

It's unclear if there are any Southern League teams interested in moving to Huntsville. McDaniel believes it's imperative that Huntsville build a new ballpark if they ever want another team to play in the rocket city.

"[Huntsville] is in need of a new ballpark and a downtown ballpark would be perfect," said McDaniel.

Earlier this year, former Huntsville Stars owner Miles Prentice sold the team to a group out of Biloxi, Mississippi. The Mississippi city is currently in the process of building a new stadium and has hopes of bringing the Stars to Biloxi for the 2015 season.

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