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Council members cry foul for not being included in AutoZone Park discussions

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Some Memphis City Council members cried foul saying the city administration was not including them in the discussions, but Friday they were center field. Some Memphis City Council members cried foul saying the city administration was not including them in the discussions, but Friday they were center field.
Councilman Bill Boyd's was one of the first to sit down before the group, including Redbird's treasurer John Pontius and Memphis Redbirds Foundation president Ray Pohlman. Councilman Bill Boyd's was one of the first to sit down before the group, including Redbird's treasurer John Pontius and Memphis Redbirds Foundation president Ray Pohlman.
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(WMC-TV) - Redbirds representatives met privately with Memphis City Council members on the sale of AutoZone park. Some Memphis City Council members cried foul saying the city administration was not including them in the discussions, but Friday they were center field.

On Tuesday the council will vote on whether to buy the stadium. Until then, council members will be meeting with the Memphis Mayor and the team negotiating a deal to buy AutoZone Park.

Councilman Bill Boyd's was one of the first to sit down before the group, including Redbird's treasurer John Pontius and Memphis Redbirds Foundation president Ray Pohlman.

Boyd was assured it would not harm the city's bond rating, but he says the current owners are not likely to come off the purchase price.

He says it will likely stay closer to the $20 million asking price than to the council's counter offer of $17.5 million.

"It's not binding. It's really in the form of an offer," he said.

Boyd feels confident that the Cardinals' purchase of the Redbirds will attract more people to AutoZone Park, because the major league ball club has more resources to market the team.

"If I were to vote today, with the numbers, I have I would probably vote for it," he said.

The majority of the meetings with council members have been set up for Monday. The purchase of AutoZone park is up for a vote when the full council meets on Tuesday.

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