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August 11, 2013

READERS' FORUM: Aug. 11, 2013

Pulling together to save the Rex

The article in the Tribune-Star about the Terre Haute Rex on Aug. 9, 2013, was of great interest to Rex baseball fans around the area due to a “glimmer of hope” to retain the team. I have been attending Rex games since the inaugural season and have missed very few home games since the start. The Terre Haute Rex have definitely filled a void for Terre Haute, as the people in Terre Haute and surrounding communities are very intimate about baseball and the team needs to be retained by whatever means necessary.

Brian Dorsett, Casey DeGroote and Ronnie Prettyman, along with all the staff members, have done an outstanding job of managing the Terre Haute Rex over the past four years. Obviously there is a large amount of work necessary to develop and maintain the team, but the ground work has been completed.

Therefore we, the Terre Haute community, need to work together and provide the necessary support to retain “our” team.

In the Terre Haute Rex article found in the Aug. 9 Tribune-Star, there are some possibilities mentioned regarding new ownership, which gives the Rex fans a glimmer of hope for future seasons. It’s understandable that the ISU Foundation no longer wants to retain the team due to a lack of profit. However, there is money to be made with the team if the owners would provide refreshments and merchandise instead of contracting it out. Yes, that does require more personnel and coordination, but that’s a huge portion of the franchise’s profit.  

It’s exciting that Brian Dorsett is researching the possibility of acquiring the team, but what if the public also had the opportunity to invest in the team? As many sports fans know, there are teams such as the Green Bay Packers which are publicly owned. What if bonds or shares of stock were sold to the public for an opportunity to become a team owner? The fan base in Terre Haute and the surrounding communities is very solid and the fans are very appreciative and proud of what the Rex team has accomplished over the past four seasons. We need to pull together as a community, research all possible options and retain “our” Terre Haute Rex baseball team.

— Mack Adams

Terre Haute

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