Controversy brews over Owasso baseball fields

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Updated: 1/23/2013 10:57 am Published: 1/22/2013 6:54 pm

Some Owasso parents are asking why their youth baseball league is being run by an organization outside of the city.

At stake are thousands of dollars that now leave the city instead of being spent with other local businesses.

By phone parents told FOX23 they didn't understand why Future Owasso Rams didn't have the baseball contract even though F.O.R already manages football, basketball and cheerleading.

Owasso’s City Manager Rodney Ray told FOX23’s Dontaye Carter that there were four organizations bidding for the contract. He says there was a panel hired to evaluate each group then make a recommendation to the city council.
"I think there are some groups who want to make this about parents, who gets to coach? Who gets control of the fields?" said Ray.

He says when the city awarded the contract to champions it came down to who he thought would do a better job maintaining the field. Ray says when F.O.R had the field they didn’t take care of it. He adds there were holes in the ground and says it was a danger for kids.

One parent we spoke to by phone disagreed.

“The F.O.R weren’t doing that bad of a job of keeping up on the field. I mean Champions is doing a better job there’s no doubt about that. The bottom line is what is this for, is the sports program supposed to have the prettiest field in the county, or is it to service the kids in the community,” said J.B. Alexander.

"This is about children it's not about parents," said Ray.

F.O.R declined to speak on the situation. FOX23 was unable to reach Champions for comment.

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Ramrod - 1/26/2013 12:45 AM
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I'm no journalist but when discussing a story about baseball should not the video be of baseball fields? Or should it be of what you believe will best substantiate the story?

RealDeal - 1/23/2013 2:26 PM
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The man quoted isn't even a parent, he's the elader of some half witted group of naysayers who spread lies and deceit in an attempt to make the City Manager look bad. Oh, by the way he is also an ex employee who left when he wasn't given a job he felt he was "entitled" to.

CowBot9000 - 1/23/2013 6:55 AM
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Little league parents are some of the most obnoxious people on earth.

reaperMedic - 1/22/2013 7:39 PM
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Seems like a lot of bias to your "reporting" here fox. As far as I can see, the newly managed fields have shown drastic improvements and started drawing much more participation in tournaments. This draws your "thousands of dollars" back into the community, not out.
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