Tecolotes denies allegations and “wants to stay” in Laredo

The future for Tecolotes Dos Laredos in Laredo looks tired as the franchise is heavily considering leaving Gateway City due to issues with STX Venue Management owner Danny Lopez, who is under contract with the city to manage the Uni-Trade stadium.

In response to the allegations against the franchise, the Tecos this week sent an emailed statement to Laredo Morning Times addressing many of the issues and allegations made against them recently.

“The town of Laredo and the Uni-Trade stadium are a great home for the Tecolotes,” part of the statement said. “The relationship with the city was exceptional until Danny Lopez decided to intervene. We want to stay in Laredo for a very long time, but working with Danny Lopez in any capacity makes it impossible for our organization to continue normal baseball operations.

The Tecolotes have alleged in the past that Lopez and his management company have created an environment in which the team cannot function properly or efficiently. However, Lopez has made several allegations against the Tecos, citing that they have several liability and legal issues, and that the team mismanaged and neglected the Uni-Trade stadium facilities. However, Tecos has firmly denied these allegations and even considers them to be “lies”.

One of the allegations Lopez made against the Tecos was that they owed the city money because they hadn’t paid rent for years. However, the Tecolotes say they owe nothing to the city.

“Let’s start with his claim that the Tecos don’t pay rent and don’t owe the city money,” the binational organization said. “This is not true. The Tecolotes owe the town of Laredo nothing and pay the annual fee, according to the contract.

The main issue between Tecos and Lopez is that he manages the Uni-Trade stadium concessions during their home games, the organization has said in the past.

LMT reported last year that the city was forcing the Tecolotes to use a third party – Lopez and his company – to manage their concessions, which the team did not approve because they contractually had all exclusive rights. According to the Tecolotes last year, Lopez and his company owed the organization several thousand dollars.

Lopez disputed this claim and even asked why the team would sign his hotel management company, Consistent Hospitality Management, as a concessionaire for the remainder of his contract with the city in June 2021 if he owed them money. However, the Tecos claim they only used his company last season because they had no choice.

“His claims that the Tecolotes signed with his company in 2021 are a complete lie,” the team said. “Although his liquor license was used in 2021, it’s because we had no choice. His license had been in place since 2018 and he was asked to withdraw it after his contract expired; he refused. Then he renewed it without a contract or authorization and did not withdraw it when he had no reason to have it there full time.

“Originally Lopez was given the opportunity to make concessions for the first two seasons, but due to very poor service and the lack of proper business practices, the organization did not renew the contract. with him.”

According to the Tecolotes, Lopez was told to clean the kitchen or shut down as they weren’t going to pass the Laredo Town Health Department inspection. The team also claim that Lopez still owes them over $ 60,000.

“The last payment he made was $ 13,518.47, which was refunded,” Tecos said. “To this day, he hasn’t covered the returned check or anything on his balance since 2019.”

Lopez alleged last week that the Tecolotes had two liens on town property – one worth $ 25,491.88 and the other worth $ 6,986.68. He also said that “the two team entities are confiscated” and that they face a lawsuit with Ashley HomeStore.

The Tecos told LMT they repaid those privileges and it’s Lopez’s companies that face the legal issues, not theirs.

“The names of its companies that served Uni-Trade Stadium were Concessions USA and Consistent Hospitality Management,” the organization said. “Why did he have to form another new entity?” In addition, these companies are currently facing legal problems for non-payment. “

With STX Venue Management, Lopez hopes to turn Uni-Trade Stadium into a multi-purpose complex. He hopes to play a professional league soccer team at Uni-Trade Stadium, host AAA baseball exhibition games, music festivals, farmers’ markets, community events and more. In fact, if the Tecolotes were to leave Laredo, Lopez said he had five teams lined up to take their place.

Tecos wonder why Lopez wants full control over Uni-Trade Stadium and to believe him by saying he has five teams ready to move into the facility full-time is a bluff.

“Lopez made some outrageous statements saying there were five teams interested in Laredo,” the team said. “Which teams? It can’t be Mexican League teams. When the league president was here recently, he was very clear when he said, “No Mexican League team is currently interested since there is already a team here.” He also mentioned that if the Tecos don’t play Uni-Trade, the league – by rule – won’t allow another team for at least 10 years. So which teams is he talking about?

“The real question here is why Danny Lopez wants full control of Uni-Trade Stadium? He has no experience running a stadium or anything like that. He mentioned that the city had to stop handing out alms, but that his business would receive a very big gift from the city. “

The Tecolotes even called Lopez responsibility for Laredo.

Lopez has said in the past that he is willing to compromise with the Tecolotes to keep them at Laredo. Yet the team questions the degree of truth behind this statement.

The Tecos alleged that Lopez and his company locked the stadium access doors so the team could not open their team store during established hours. They said Lopez’s company locked the doors without verification and the employee working at the team’s store was locked in the stadium with no way out. The Tecolotes also said that STX Venue Management did not allow them to host a mini-camp to spot players in September, when the organization can use the Uni-Trade stadium facilities.

“Lopez only created problems,” the Tecos said.

The Tecolotes know they can trade allegations with Lopez for days, even weeks. Yet they say they don’t want it. They don’t want any changes to their contract. In fact, the team says they are happy with their non-exclusive use agreement with the city.

The Tecos want to stay in the Dos Laredos region. They believe that is what is best for their future. But while Lopez is in the picture, it’s unclear whether the future of the current franchise in Laredo will be long.

“We can be here all day pointing fingers, but that’s not it,” the Tecolotes said. “This is what is best for Laredo and the whole region, and that would be to use the Uni-Trade stadium as intended, and that is with the Tecolotes as the primary tenant.”

The Tecos told LMT this will be the last time they will talk about the issues.

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