The Advertiser can reveal the Adelaide Football Club now owns 100 per cent of the Bite after Baseball Australia awarded it the licence, following six months of discussions, investigation and a tender process.
In a significant step in its off-field operations, the AFC is also registering a new entity called Adelaide Sport and Entertainment that will oversee the Bite, its eSports team and its video and media content production division as it looks for new markets and revenue streams.
The latest addition is the Adelaide Bite, which will play in a revamped Australian Baseball League next season.
It is expected to include a new Korean team and a New Zealand team which have partnerships with players and teams in Japan, Taiwan and Major League Baseball in the US. The BA board is set to ratify the takeover today.
The Bite is expected to retain its name for next year and there are no plans to re-badge them as the Crows. They will continue to play home games at West Beach.
It is understood there were three bids for the Bite licence.
BA revealed last year the licence purchases would involve no capital investment but a long-term agreement to fund the team and grow the sport in their local market.
Hmm this is interesting. This is baseball, which is obviously not football. So I assume it's completely outside the football department spending soft cap. Does this mean that we could, in theory, scour the world to find the absolute best fitness and conditioning staff and throw a mountain of cash to get them down here? We will have the fittest baseball team in the league by a long way. If those guys just happened to have a coffee and a chat with our football guys here and there, well, that's just a natural part of working under the same roof...?
Yes, the business half of the club has to be out trying to maximise the amount of money the football department has to spend no matter how good or bad we are on the field at the time, it's the only interaction the two halves of the football club really have.