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UPDATE: Urda responds to Plaintiffs declaration, calls relocation "a dream"

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In response to court papers filed Monday in federal court in Utica by Main Street Baseball, the plaintiffs in a lawsuit against B-Mets owners and Team President Mike Urda regarding the sale of the team, Urda issued the following response:

"We signed a Letter of Intent with Main Street Baseball and Clark Minker in late December, months after our earlier talks, that contained the express provision “Relocation shall in no way be a condition of the Control Interest Transfer---“
Though the group indeed months earlier shared their hopes for a future relocation of the franchise to Wilmington, I, to myself, considered it a “dream” that would never happen, for indeed, they either were unaware or just never bothered to file for a “Request to Relocate” from Minor League Baseball, something that must be done 18 months before any move could be made. Based on my knowledge of our industry, I was confident it would have never happened, the leagues would not approve it. This is how we built our Letter of Intent.
So I let them have their dreams while we negotiated. Why pop their bubble? After all, I was looking forward to retirement and as I told our B Met fans “we, the ownership group, are not important. Local ownership is a thing of the past.”
Still, the B Mets worked earnestly, in good faith with the group to try to reach a Purchase Agreement, but after 60 days we were still far apart with no acceptable progress on some key issues, despite the Buyer and Seller trying to resolve the issues, despite our two respective attorneys trying to resolve the issues, despite our League President trying to resolve the issues. We, the Seller, after doing all we could to reach an agreement, decided to exercise our right to talk to other more motivated buyers after the exclusivity period ended.
The second buyer that approached us, through the Eastern League Office, after exclusivity expired, wants to keep the B-Mets in Binghamton. He is a gentleman and we would be proud to have him step into our shoes to continue the legacy of Binghamton Mets Baseball.
Now that we were contractually free to make a choice, and after giving the first group a full good faith opportunity to close the deal, and after being so extremely fortunate to have this second potential buyer approach us, if we have a choice, naturally our first preference always would be to keep the B Mets in Binghamton. I stand by what I promised, if the courts allow us to have our choice, we will be selling to a gentleman who will be the future Guardian Angel of B-Mets baseball.
Main Street Baseball has subsequently filed the Court Claim to get an injunction to prevent us from talking to the second buyer.
We feel their Claim is totally without merit and we are willing to put our full faith in the court system."

Main Street Baseball's CEO David Heller submitted e-mails in the papers filed on Monday that quoted Urda as saying he knew of the plans to move the team to Wilmington and "I'm fine with that."

Urda and the other B-Mets owners David Maines, Bill Maines, and George Scherer have a hearing scheduled in court with Heller and Main Street Baseball co-owner Clark Minker on Wednesday in Utica. Heller and Minker are seeking a six month extension of the temporary injunction in place preventing the B-Mets from being sold.

Fox 40 will continue to update the story as more details become available.