Boise Hawks To Get New Ownership, MLB Affiliate
There were plenty of questions surrounding the future of the Boise Hawks after the Chicago Cubs announced that they would not renew their contract with the short season Single A affiliate. Treasure Valley sports fans are now starting to get answers to these questions. On September 18, it was announced via the Boise Hawks Twitter account (@BoiseHawks) that the Hawks and the Colorado Rockies had agreed to a new Player Development Contract, beginning next season. The Boise Hawks had been previously affiliated with the Los Angeles Angels (1990-2000) and the Chicago Cubs (2001-2014).
The news didn’t stop there, however. The Hawks once again took to their Twitter account to confirm that the club had been sold and will be under new ownership, pending the approval of the MLB, MiLB, and the Northwest League. Agon Sports and Entertainment acquired the club from chairman and CEO of the Hawks’ majority ownership group, Major League Holdings, LLC, Neil Leibman. Agon Sports and Entertainment’s president, Jeff Eiseman expressed his excitement in a release from the Boise Hawks’ website:
"We are very excited for the opportunity to be the next stewards of the Boise Hawks. Boise is a visionary city with great people and tremendous fans - we are thrilled to be a part of this community and we will work hard to win your hearts. We would also like to thank Neil Leibman and his partners for entrusting us the honor of being part of Hawks history."
Agon Sports and Entertainment is a group out of Georgia, established in 2012 as a holding company and management entity for minor league sports. The group also owns the Augusta Greenjackets, a Class-A affiliate for the San Francisco Giants. Eiseman brings a long history of baseball executive experience, having worked under Mandalay Sports Entertainment and Ripken Baseball. You can read more about the new ownership here on the Boise Hawks’ website.