- Associated Press - Sunday, April 20, 2014

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - Wichita officials have been working to put a board of directors in place to take over operation of the National Baseball Congress World Series.

Wichita announced earlier this month they will take their tournament back from current operators, the Wingnuts independent league baseball team. This year’s tournament, the 80th World Series, runs July 25 through Aug. 9. The city bought the tournament from Bob and Mindy Rich in 2007 to keep the event in Wichita.

Profits generated by the tournament will go toward youth baseball programs, City Manager Robert Layton told The Wichita Eagle (https://bit.ly/1mpjd8Q ). Layton said the board appointments could be on a May council meeting agenda.

The board, which will run the new nonprofit NBC Baseball Foundation, will have authority to appoint new management for the tournament, negotiate a long-term agreement with an outside management group or negotiate a temporary agreement while longer-term management is sought.

Layton and City Council member Jeff Longwell said they want to get the board in place soon.

“This is going to be a transition year with a different agreement than we’ve had in the past,” Longwell said. “The Wingnuts aren’t going to be responsible for running the NBC.”


Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, https://www.kansas.com

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