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WWAY's Tuesday night sports - July 2

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videoAlex Rodriguez went hitless on Tuesday in two at-bats for the Charleston RiverDogs in his first game since left hip surgery in January. We showcased Alex's comeback on Tuesday's WWAY sports. Three players from the Wilmington Sharks have been named all-stars in the Coastal Plain League. There's going to be a fireworks show in Wilmington on Wednesday after the Wilmington Hammerheads soccer game. Plus more! Full story...
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Wilmington releases details of tentative ballpark plan

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video The Atlanta Braves, Mandalay Baseball Properties and the City of Wilmington have reached a tentative ballpark agreement. The city says the cost of the ballpark will not exceed $31 million and would be paid for by a 2.5-cent property tax increase. View Memorandum of Understanding inside. Full story...
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El Paso moves forward with $50M minor league ballpark

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As the debate continues over whether to build a minor league baseball stadium in Wilmington, other cities tackle similar decisions. El Paso, TX, is the latest to decide to make the investment. Full story...
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Charlotte OKs $8M for Knights baseball stadium

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The Charlotte Knights baseball team is a step closer to playing its games in a new stadium. The Charlotte City Council on Monday voted 7-4 in favor of giving the team $8 million toward the project. Full story...
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Former Lynchburg leader has advice as Wilmington persues his city's baseball team

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video As Wilmington moves on in discussions to build a ballpark, a former councilman in the city who's team we may get sat down with us to share his thoughts on this big decision. If city council approves the plan, the Lynchburg Hillcats will find a new home here in Wilmington. Full story...
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Charlotte Council close to baseball funding plan

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Charlotte City Council appears to be close to approving a plan to bring baseball downtown. Most city council members indicated Tuesday they could support a plan to provide the Charlotte Knights with $8 million to build a stadium uptown. Full story...
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City council members question Mandalay Baseball's proposal

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video Members of Wilmington City Council have unanswered questions after Mandalay Baseball's proposal last night. Some want more private dollars involved. Even so, they believe a ballpark would be a big boost to Wilmington's economy. Full story...
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Wilmington considering Ripken Design to manage baseball project

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video The city's effort to bring a baseball stadium to the Port City now includes another big hitter. Wilmington City Manager Sterling Cheatham proposes the city should hire Ripken Design, founded by Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, Jr. and his brother Bill, to manage Wilmington’s baseball project. Full story...
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Wilmington looks to Hall of Famer Ripken to lead ballpark project

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It looks like Wilmington City Council knows who it wants to lead its ballpark plan. The agenda for Tuesday night's City Council meeting includes two ordinances to hire and pay Ripken Design of Baltimore, MD. Full story...
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Developers working on private financing for ballpark; taxpayer share unclear

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video Securing financing for a proposed baseball stadium will no longer fall on Wilmington's shoulders. Today, the Atlanta Braves and Mandalay Baseball Properties announced the ballpark would be financed and constructed privately. Even so, it will still require an uncertain amount of taxpayer dollars. Full story...
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Business leaders join ballpark push, tax funding opponents continue petition drive

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video Building a baseball stadium has been a hot topic of conversation in Wilmington. Now, some local business leaders are stepping up to bat to support the city's effort. The Wilmington Ballpark Coalition says it is banding together for an idea members think is a home run. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Winston-Salem looks to sell arenas, offers Wilmington advice on ballpark

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video As the City of Wilmington considers possibly using tax money to build a ballpark, another North Carolina city is looking to unload some tax-funded arenas. "We own a large coliseum and a large football stadium/racetrack," Winston-Salem City Manager Lee Garrity said. "Owned them for many years. They're well used, but they lose money like almost every other facility in the country." Full story...
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Panel discussion focuses on ballpark pitch

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video Time to play ball? The clock is ticking for city leaders to make a decision on the proposed baseball stadium in Wilmington. This morning, some big league names from the Atlanta Braves and Mandalay Baseball came to the Port City to discuss a game plan. Full story...
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Wilmington leaders tour Durham ballpark

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video Wilmington leaders are doing their homework when it comes to building a ballpark downtown. Today, City Council members and other local leaders toured the home of the Durham Bulls. Full story...
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Braves' Cox, Schuerholz join ballpark panel discussion

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The Atlanta Braves are bringing in a couple of big bats for a panel discussion about Wilmington's plans for a ballpark. Braves President John Schuerholz and former manager Bobby Cox will join the Greater Wilmington Business Journal's Power Breakfast panel Tuesday morning. Full story...
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