The Business Front

Business stories making headlines around baseball.

• A few stories on the Fenway Sports Group’s purchase of the Salem Avalanche, which I think we were the first to report here. As I said, this was a rumor making its way around the baseball community for some time, but was guarded by officials making the deal better than some national security issues. The Globe reports that the deal makes sense for FSG and Salem, while the Roanoke Times reports that Salem is joining Red Sox Nation. The Boston Herald reports FSG president Michael Dee has not ruled out another a deal for a second minor league team.

Ripken Baseball and the City of Abderdeen remain at odds over the agreement the company has with the city of 14,000–which has been operating under losses brought on by contracts that failed to protect its interests.

• The Winston-Salem Journal obtained architectural designs for the planned $22.6 million downtown ballpark. The blueprint features traditional items like a playground beyond the outfield wall and party suites in addition to novel looks like a replica Primo Water bottle atop an outfield wall and brick columns that give the stadium a Camden Yards feel.

• A nice little profile in the "Hawk Eye" on low Class A Burlington president Dave Walker, who received the annual King of Baseball award at the Winter Meetings. I had the opportunity to speak with Walker while reporting a profile on outgoing NA president Mike Moore, and definitely found him to be an open, friendly person willing to go out of his way to help me out. Almost makes you want to go settle down in Iowa. Almost.