Friday, February 02, 2018
Contract allows city to evict new baseball team if it can bring a team affiliated with Major League Baseball to Joplin
Joplin City Council is scheduled to make a decision on the contract when it meets 6 p.m. Monday at City Hall.
Joplin Sports Entertainment (JSE), the name of the corporation that will own the new ball team, has to retain the historic name of Joe Becker Stadium, according to the terms of the contract, but it can sell the naming rights to "the field" and split the money with the city.
It can also sell naming rights to anything else with the same financial arrangement.
But the businesses that will be represented must be of stellar reputation. The city has the right to disapprove anything in bad taste, offensive to the city's image "or a source of embarrassment to the city."
The contract stipulates that airlines, sporting goods, apparel or soft drink companies are automatically approved, which should bring a sigh of relief from the airline officials who have been lining up to slap their names on Joplin facilities.
JSE will have to seek approval for any alcohol and tobacco companies that want to buy naming rights, indicating that these are not automatically placed on the "embarrassment to the city" list.
JSE will be required to pay $35,000 in rent annually with the first payment on or before January 15, 2019, 75 cents per paid ticket of $4 or more, and $10,000 by October 15 each year if attendance is above 75,000.
If JSE has any outside activities, the city receives 75 cents for each ticket of $4 or above. That does not apply to Joplin Sports Authority activities, Joplin Outlaws games, or youth baseball activities.
The city maintains the right to evict JSE if it ever convinces a team affiliated with a major league franchise to come to Joplin, according to the contract.
The contract makes no mention of what will be done if anyone suggests creating a Blasters Hall of Fame.