By Sam Boykin
MOORESVILLE – Except for the rampant steroid abuse, baseball is most often associated with such traditional American images as mom, apple pie and “The Star Spangled Banner.” And now, at least in Mooresville, you can add an item to that list: lengthy and convoluted economic incentive packages.
It took 10 months of negotiations and the participation of numerous public and private institutions to finally close the innovative deal on a new 25-field baseball complex, billed by its backers as the largest youth baseball facility in the country.
But bigness doesn’t guarantee success, and the governments and agencies pitching in incentives and cash know they’re taking a risk if the complex doesn’t draw the numbers of teams projected to show up each year.
“Any time you do something different there’s a chance you could be wrong,” Iredell County Commissioner Ken Robertson said following a press conference last week at Mooresville Town Hall. The owners of the complex, Robertson said, are “going to build it, but there’s no guarantee that people will come.”
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