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Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Brandon Bellamy Set To Become Only Black Majority Owner In Professional Baseball

The Atlantic League has unanimously approved Brandon Bellamy, Chief Executive Officer of Velocity Companies LLC, as the majority owner of the league’s new expansion club in Gastonia, N.C., which is set to begin play next spring.

On its own, that is significant. Finding an owner for an expansion minor league club in the midst of the current pandemic would be notable in itself. It’s been a brutal year for professional baseball teams around the country, as everyone has had to deal with a lost season and the lost revenues that go with it.

And with affiliated baseball facing the potential for contraction (MLB wants to cut from the current 160 ticket-buying minor league teams to 120), the effects of that will filter down to independent leagues like the Atlantic League as well.

But that’s not what is most notable about Bellamy’s ownership in Gastonia. Bellamy, a real estate developer who will also be developing projects around the Gastonia ballpark, is the only Black majority owner in professional baseball.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 28, 2020 at 10:19 AM | 0 comment(s)
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