New owners official for GreenJackets

Monday, May 13, 2013 4:47 PM
Last updated Tuesday, May 14, 2013 1:31 AM
  • Follow Baseball

The Augusta GreenJackets officially announced their new ownership group Mon­day, marking the beginning of a new era in the team’s history.

Agon Sports & Entertain­ment officially became the new ownership group, purchasing the team from Rip­ken Baseball, which owned the club for seven years.

The sale was approved by the South Atlantic League, Major League Baseball and Minor League Baseball. It was announced Dec. 19, pending approval, as part of the larger Project Jackson announcement, which included the North Augusta stadium proposal. There has been no update on the status of the plan.

Headed by Agon and Green­Jackets president Jeff Eise­man, the ownership group includes investors with local and regional ties.

“We are very excited that the day has arrived; this is an exciting day for the community and the future of baseball in the region,” Eiseman said in a prepared statement. “Having an ownership group with deep local and regional ties helps cement that bond.”

The club is celebrating its 25th anniversary of operations in Augusta.

“The South Atlantic League is excited about the new ownership in Augusta and the vision the ownership has, and is thrilled with the significant number of local investors who are involved,” league president Eric Krupa said.

The purchase price was not disclosed.

Ripken Baseball, headed by Cal Ripken Jr. and Billy Ripken, purchased the Green­Jackets in 2005 from Mike and Jeffrey Savit.

Comments (10)

Add comment
ADVISORY: Users are solely responsible for opinions they post here and for following agreed-upon rules of civility. Posts and comments do not reflect the views of this site. Posts and comments are automatically checked for inappropriate language, but readers might find some comments offensive or inaccurate. If you believe a comment violates our rules, click the "Flag as offensive" link below the comment.
GiantsAllDay
8100
Points
GiantsAllDay 05/13/13 - 07:13 pm
2
0

Purchase price? Or is that

Purchase price? Or is that too minor of a detail?

jmo
12189
Points
jmo 05/13/13 - 09:31 pm
2
0

Who....

are the local owners?

Riverman1
70328
Points
Riverman1 05/13/13 - 10:18 pm
1
0

The "local" owners are in SC.

The "local" owners are in SC.

galaxygrl
1135
Points
galaxygrl 05/13/13 - 11:42 pm
2
0

Stadium and Team

Looks like since Cal couldn't make a deal he dropped out. We all know what "local" people do to minor league teams. The teams become too much to support and then they close the franchise down. Another great experience right here is Augusta, Ga. Way to go leadership, you might want to look up the meaning of leadership in the dictionary.

Bodhisattva
4937
Points
Bodhisattva 05/14/13 - 05:22 am
3
0

So, if he had a stadium deal

So, if he had a stadium deal would Ripken have stayed, or if Augusta or North Augusta ponied up millions for a new stadium would Ripken have sold anyway? ORRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR- was there a local group that was planning on buying the team all along and was pushing to sucker the taxpayers out of millions for a new stadium? Interesting questions.

agustinian
621
Points
agustinian 05/14/13 - 05:50 am
3
1

Mr. Jones

Tear down this ball field!

North Augusta doesn't need baseball bats wielded on this side of the river, especially against the heads of visitors to the Greeneway.

Riverman1
70328
Points
Riverman1 05/14/13 - 08:48 am
1
1

Build it and they will come.

Build it and they will come.

David Parker
7919
Points
David Parker 05/14/13 - 09:15 am
1
0

Those of us that go to games

Those of us that go to games now will still go, whether it be on this side of the creek or the other. The bigger issue facing the new owners is, will more people go to games on this side or the other or neither. Very important call for Agon and Co.

resident
435
Points
resident 05/14/13 - 10:05 am
2
0

Money..Money..Money...

That is all it was about. not the sport, not the love of the game or even pride in a local team..A new stadium is not really needed. They do not fill this one. IF attendance is low it is probably because of poor parking conditions, poor lighting conditions. The neighbor is a military armory, pretty safe...I think if they need more stadium seats they can be built. I bet it could be fancied up with a little investment in the facilities. We as a society think build bigger is better or even newest thing is the best thing...That is such a wasteful way of thinking. I know people can say look other teams built a new ballpark and attendance increased, At what cost? Was it because the old was not maintained? I bet yes on that one..Fix it up....I a am sure a training facility is an easy fix...There is room to do the right thing...I bet if people would not accept status Quo on prices for building stuff it can be done at a reasonable cost as well....

Riverman1
70328
Points
Riverman1 05/14/13 - 11:24 am
1
0

There's another meeting

There's another meeting tonight in North Augusta about the stadium. They won't give up on it with this ownership. Where do I think more people would attend games? North Augusta.

David Parker
7919
Points
David Parker 05/14/13 - 03:56 pm
1
0

It's easy to say that though

It's easy to say that though RM, Augusta has been the home and you know what kind of attendance there is. NA is a wildcard and for at least the first year or two, it will have that new shiny smell and feel. That kind of hype will bring'm but after 20-30 years, will it still be living up to that? Will we all be thinking how much was lost b/c the city actually got it's ish together downtown, saw a real revitalization, but missed the boat on the baseball team. I suppose if things went down like that, Augusta good entertain the idea of bringing a different franchise to town and have dueling stadiums. Could be fun no?

Back to Top

Top headlines

Regents approve tuition hikes

DAHLONEGA, Ga. - Tuition is going up for Georgia students at all 31 state colleges and universities under a budget plan approved Tuesday by the state Board of Regents, including the largest ...
Loading...