Lynx to IronPigs isn't yet iron clad

DON BRENNAN

, Last Updated: 10:13 AM ET

They are almost certainly headed that way, yes, but the Lynx have not officially turned into Lehigh Valley IronPigs just yet.

Negotiations that would relocate Ottawa's IL baseball team to Allentown, Pa. -- and give it that brand new and interesting identity to go along with the new address -- have yet to be finalized, Lynx GM Kyle Bostwick said yesterday.

"I know they're definitely having dialogue, but as far as an iron-clad deal, it has not happened yet. It's not a closed deal," said Bostwick.

"I'm not sure of all the particulars, but as of right now the deal has not been approved.

"It's not 100% that the team won't be playing here in 2008."

Likely all that is keeping the 't's from being crossed and the 'i's dotted is the assurance that the construction of a new 7,000-seat Coca-Cola Park in Allentown -- originally expected to be finished in December -- will be complete in time. And even if it isn't, the Lynx will probably bid farewell to Ottawa for good in September anyway.

Lost average of $1M

Owner Ray Pecor has lost an average of $1 million per year on the team since purchasing it from Howard Darwin in 2000. And despite the hard work of Bostwick and his staff, attendance has shown no signs of reaching numbers needed to make the business viable.

It's believed the independent Can-Am League -- which is made up of 10 teams in Quebec and the northeast U.S. --is investigating the possibility of moving into Ottawa should the Lynx move.

Bostwick says his only future plans are to try and make the experience at Lynx Stadium an enjoyable one for fans.

"We work very hard, myself and the entire staff, and we'd love to play to a full house every night," he said. "Of course, it's very frustrating for myself and the staff (that the crowds are small). But we're not going to stop trying to entertain the fans."


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