Baseball Team Finds Buyers, The Rex Will Stay In Terre Haute

ISU Foundation officials had said they couldn't field the collegiate league baseball team in 2014 — but they found buyers intent to keep the team in town.

A crowd of Rex fans watches the team at bat.

Photo: Arianna Prothero/WFIU

A crowd of Rex fans watches the team at bat.

The Terre Haute Rex baseball team will remain in the city after finding new ownership.

Bruce Rosselli, Brian Dorsett, John Newton, Bob Brown, Kevin Hoolehan and Ray Kepner — all men with Indiana State University or Terre Haute connections — announced their purchase of the collegiate summer league team Friday.

Officials for the ISU Foundation started the Rex in 2010 hoping to sell the team for a profit after four years. But the team didn’t break even last year and foundation officials had announced last summer they wouldn’t continue operating the team next summer unless they could find a buyer.

Rosselli hopes to change the team’s financial fortunes, but says the ownership group did not purchase the team in hopes of turning large profits.

“What motivated our decision was to keep the team in Terre Haute. Somebody else could’ve bought the team and took it to another city and stayed within the league. We didn’t want it to leave Terre Haute,” Rosselli says.

Rosselli hopes expanding marketing efforts into surrounding Illinois and Indiana counties will drive attendance.

The team will still play its games at Indiana State’s Bob Warn field, which is leased for the next four years.

Kyle Stokes

Kyle Stokes joined WFIU/WTIU in 2011 as an education reporter and blogger for StateImpact Indiana, a collaborative reporting venture between WFIU and NPR News. He comes to Bloomington from Columbia, Mo., where he was a producer and reporter for NPR member station KBIA-FM and NBC affiliate KOMU-TV. Originally from Minneapolis, Minn., Stokes is a proud graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism and an even prouder Minnesota Twins fan.

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