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Team's General Manager Discusses Aces' Future in Reno

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The boys of summer are back but not before a busy, at times, even tumultuous off-season, highlighted by a showdown between the city of Reno and the Reno Aces over paying for the ballpark.

There was a lot of concern in this community during the winter that the Aces could pack-up and leave town as the team battled with the city and county over who should pay what.

"When we put together the deal in the beginning, it was the wrong deal," said Reno Aces' General Manager Rick Parr.

The amount the Aces agreed to pay the city was based on property values downtown going up.

However, those property values didn't climb as high as the projections anticipated because Reno was mired in a recession.

"It was based on the economy, and you know as well as I do, the economy went south. We cut our deal and then the economy went right down the tubes."

So, the Aces came back and asked the city of Reno to restructure the agreement.

Both sides agreed to look at it in October, but talks stalled multiple times.

"It wasn't the city's fault, it wasn't the citizens fault, it wasn't our fault. The simple fact is we were based on a false premise."

Four months after haggling, the Reno City Council approved an agreement everyone could live with.

"I think the city council did their homework. I think we came up with a structure that works for both sides. It's not perfect by any means, but it is doable."

In the new agreement, the city is responsible for one-third of the $55 million debt. The developer is responsible for the rest.

The deal also provides a guarantee that the team will not move to another city for at least 30 years.

If they do, the city gets the stadium, free of any liens or further payments.

I asked Parr if the Aces are staying put for good.

"Well, let's put it this way, yes. We're going to stay here, no matter what comes up next."

"The stadium will not be empty. We will be there. We're going to create champions and more champions and we bring a quality of life to Reno that they deserve."

What does come next is negotiating with Washoe County. Both sides said they are working on an agreement.

To watch the entire interview with Rick Parr, tune into my weekend show Face the State here on Channel 2. It airs Saturday at 4:30am and 4pm. It also airs Sunday at 6:30am.

Written by Chris Ciarlo 

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