Majority Leader McCormick wants to buy a baseball team

While the Chattanooga Lookouts are under contract to be sold to a Warner Robins, Ga., businessman, a group of investors led by state House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick, R-Chattanooga, stands ready if the deal doesn’t go through, reports the Times-Free Press.

McCormick, a commercial real estate broker, confirmed the interest in an interview Thursday.

He said the group includes himself and Nashville businessman David Freeman, an owner of the Nashville Predators in the National Hockey League, as well as Richard Mashburn, an Ooltewah native who heads Mashburn Outdoor and lives in Atlanta.

“We’ve got a group of people with ties to Chattanooga whose interest is to purchase the Lookouts,” said McCormick, noting that Freeman’s father grew up in Chattanooga and was a Lookouts fan. “Certainly if that [current] deal goes through, all power to them. It belongs to the Burke family. They have every right to sell it to whomever they want to.”
The Times Free Press reported last month on owner Frank Burke’s plan to sell Chattanooga’s Class AA franchise to businessman John Hughes. Hughes was considering bringing minor league baseball to his own community as recently as March, but he is said to not be interested in moving the Lookouts out of Chattanooga
…McCormick said that if the sale goes through, “I certainly hope he [Hughes] is successful with it. I really hope he keeps it in Chattanooga, and I don’t have any reason to believe he wouldn’t. I don’t know him.

“What I know is we would love to have an opportunity if that doesn’t work out, and we have a commitment to keeping it in the community,” McCormick added.