The Fort Worth Cats Can't Even Afford Porta-Potties

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The Fort Worth Cats, Cowtown's minor league baseball club, was supposed to make good on its debts on January 15, 2013. That's at least what the team's owner, former Congressman John Bryant, told us last December, explaining that the team was experiencing an acute but temporary cash shortage after the emergency purchase of La Grave Field, its downtown Fort Worth Stadium.

But January came and went, then February, and then the spring and most of the summer, and the bills still haven't been paid. Last Friday, WFAA's Byron Harris reported that, on top of the tens of thousands of dollars owed for baseballs (which Bryant now claims are defective), uniforms, stadium cleaning and legal bills, employees aren't getting paid.

"My last paycheck, I took it to the bank Tuesday afternoon and it would not clear," first base coach Mike Ford told Harris.

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What made this even more galling was that José Canseco, who briefly joined the team to kick off the season, got his $12,000 appearance fee up front, in cash.

You'd think a baseball team reduced to handing a washed-up, steroid-tainted ballplayer a sack of money at the airport couldn't sink much lower. Au contraire. A company called Chem Can Services sued the club yesterday alleging that it was never paid for portable toilets supplied at a Cats-sponsored event.

See also: The Fort Worth Cats Haven't Paid for Their Uniforms or 20,000 Baseballs, But Their Owner Says They're Doing Just Fine

There are, however, a couple of bright spots. Despite financial woes, the Cats were able to finish the 2013 season atop the United League before narrowly falling in the championship series. And Chem Can, now that they've taken their grievance to court, can expect to have their case settled rather quickly if the Cats' handling of two previous debt-related lawsuits is any indication.


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8 comments
csuprun
csuprun

Horrible team and operation.  I took a group of kids from my little league team out there and made the mistake of purchasing a dugout suite.  We arrived only to find it hadn't been cleaned from whoever the previous occupant was and they left significant quantities of unopened alcohol.  This poses a number of issues...one exposure of alcohol to minors and a raft of TABC issues.  This "team" is a joke and I can't see myself back out there.  They are just not worth the time or effort.

ChangingF8
ChangingF8

Sounds like the whole team is going down the crapper.

Jose Levario
Jose Levario

They need Jackie Moon to do promotions for them to fill the seats.

ruddski
ruddski

Apparently, these pussies don't have a pot to piss in.

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