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As deadline looms, no deal between Ripken, Aberdeen in stadium dispute

As deadline looms, no deal between Ripken, Aberdeen in stadium dispute

The business group managing Cal and Billy Ripken’s minor-league baseball team in Aberdeen says it has made its final pitch to the city to continue to manage — and collect revenue from — non-baseball events at Aberdeen-owned Ripken Stadium.

But as of late Friday it appeared unlikely the city would act on the offer before an end-of-the-year deadline when the group’s current contract expires.

That, said Aberdeen Mayor Patrick McGrady, means booking of non-baseball events — which generated about $250,000 in revenue in 2017— will likely shift to the city on Monday.

“At this point, the city is going to be managing the facility starting Jan. 1,” McGrady said....

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