NEW: City Council President Aponte “Excited” at Prospect of PawSox Coming to Providence

Tuesday, February 24, 2015


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City Council President Luis Aponte

City Council President Luis Aponte reacted with excitement Monday at the prospect of the Pawtucket Red Sox moving into Providence. 

"They're very interested in coming to Providence.  They closed the deal on Friday, when the new management team bought the franchise," said Aponte.  "From what I can tell, they want to be in Providence.  It's a good fit for Providence and the franchise, they have an interest in being on the waterfront.”

"It's Larry Lucchino, (James) Skeffington, (Bernard) Cammarata, William Egan, Fenway sports management -- the sister company of the Sox, Habib Gorgi, J. Terrance Murray, and Tom Ryan," said Aponte of the buyers.  "The big ten."

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Red Sox President Larry Lucchino

Larry Lucchino is the president of the Boston Red Sox, James Skeffington is a prominent Rhode Island attorney, Bernard Cammarata is the chairman of TJX Companies, and William Eagan is a general partner at Alta Communications.

J. Terrance Murray is the former head of Fleet Bank, Tom Ryan is the former CEO of CVS. Habbib Gorgi is a managing director at Nautic Partners.

Aponte noted the possible location of a new stadium could be just north of South Street landing.

"They're talking about it being by Brown's extended education facility, by Fogarty courthouse -- so where the South Street landing is, just north of that," said Aponte.  
"There have been no official announcements made just yet, there will still need to be due diligence needed on the site. But they are very interested in being in Providence.”
“The deal for Pawtucket is all but dead," said Aponte.  "I said to Mr. Skeffington, if Pawtucket could pull it out, would they be interested, but he said basically if it's not Providence, it would be a broader catch area."

"I think the PawSox have been an incredible source of civic pride, and I think it's important and exciting that they want to be in Providence and we look forward to working with them."


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