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Prospective club owner talks baseball with Biloxi leaders

Ken Young owns four other minor league baseball teams and a hockey team. Ken Young owns four other minor league baseball teams and a hockey team.
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

One of the big questions surrounding the proposal to bring baseball to Biloxi has been the matter of ownership. People have been wondering who owns the team. That changed on Thursday.

If baseball come to Biloxi, Ken Young will own the ball club. The Biloxi City Council met with Young and heard about his plans to bring a team to the coast.

Young is sold on this market from a business perspective and thinks baseball would be good for South Mississippi.

"This is a market that is thirsty for good, inexpensive entertainment. I think minor league baseball does that. It creates traditions. When the residents come out and see the venue, they'll want to come back," said Young.

Young owns a baseball team in New Mexico, two teams in Maryland, a triple AAA club in Norfolk, Virginia and a hockey team in Norfolk. He likes the proposed stadium site across from Beau Rivage.

"I like that it's close to downtown. The Beau Rivage has hundreds of thousands of tourists coming through. All of this makes it a positive experience," Young said.

Now the council has to decide whether or not to borrow $21 million to build the stadium. The state is kicking in $15 million. The council must work on a lease agreement with Young.

All parties want to be ready to play ball in the 2015 season, which means the clock is ticking.

"We'll look at the finer details of the agreement. If we're satisfied, it's time to move forward," said Councilman Kenny Glavan.

Young said there will be plenty of events besides baseball at the stadium, including concerts, festivals and college and high school sporting events. 

Young would not say which baseball franchise he'll buy and move to Biloxi, but WLOX News has been told it's an existing team in the AA Southern League.

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