Tuesday, July 26, 2016
KOAM report: Joplin officials concerned Blasters about to skip town
One reporter who has consistently provided investigative reporting has been KOAM's Jordan Aubey.
One example of that above-and-beyond reporting was the coverage of the departure of master developer Wallace Bajjali from Joplin. Aubey's digging dwarfed what was done by the area's newspaper of record, which seemed to do everything it could to avoid connecting the Texas firm with some of our leading citizens.
Aubey and KOAM were back at it again Monday with an investigative report on the cloudy future of the Joplin Blasters.
Using e-mails obtained from the City of Joplin through a Sunshine Law request, Aubey was able to reveal to viewers that city officials are concerned that this may be the last year the Blasters will be in Joplin.
The report also shows city officials are unhappy with the way the Blasters are taking care of Joe Becker Stadium. The tone of the e-mails, though Aubey does not say so, certainly make it look like Blasters officials are trying to provoke the city and put themselves into a position to skip town when the season is over.
The e-mails note that the Blasters have been getting rid of some of their best players and getting little in return.