The city of Avon, Ohio has filed a lawsuit against the Lake Erie Crushers over marquee advertising revenue Avon officials claim they have not received in over three years, according to The Morning-Journal.
The Lake Erie Crushers entered into a contract for lease of All Pro Freight Stadium on June 16, 2008, according to the lawsuit filed with the Lorain County Common Pleas Court on Monday.
The contract required the city to pay for the expense of designing, constructing and maintaining a marquee next to All Pro Freight Stadium along Interstate 90. As part of the contract, the Crushers were given exclusive rights to sell advertising on the marquee but agreed to remit 100 percent of Net Marquee Revenues back to the city.
The lawsuit states the purpose of the remittance was to assist the city in paying for improvements to the stadium and nearby properties. Although the contract was signed by both parties, the city states that the Crushers have failed to forward the city any net marquee advertising revenues for 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 despite being notified numerous times.
The Crushers will open their 2015 Frontier League season on May 15 when they host the Southern Illinois Miners.
Anton Joe is an Independent League Baseball Reporter for Baseball Essential. You can follow him on Twitter @AntonJoe_BBE.