Cotton Kings Call For Audit - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/30/07

Cotton Kings Call For Audit

The Lubbock Cotton Kings are calling for an audit of Civic Lubbock Incorporated. The group ran concessions at the Kings' games. Now, the league is asking where that money has gone.

The league says they've made millions for the city, more than $3 million to be exact. Team leaders say they made $155,744 during the past eight years, but that's not all.

They say if the city adds the $332,000 from City Bank buying the naming rights for the coliseum, plus more than $2.5 million from concession revenue received by Civic Lubbock, and $240,000 from ticket surcharges, they've earned the city $3,304,373 during the past eight years.

Team leaders also say they've spent over $1 million on improvements to the coliseum. The Kings say they're still trying to work out a deal, and while ticket sales seem to show a lack of interest, people we spoke with say they want the team to stay.

"Our main goal right now is to try to get the city to come back to the table and talk with us, and they've refused to do that. They're saying we're done, and we're not talking anymore," Cotton Kings General Manager Todd Chisnell said. 

"It's kind of upsetting because I think they bring a lot of attention to Lubbock," Jack Woodworth said. 

"It's a good place to go have fun," Cory Hayes said. 

"I take my kids out and watch them. I just hate to see them leave. I really wish they could come up with some kind of agreement," Scott Buckelew said. 

Last week city leaders told NewsChannel 11 that operating costs were not the issue, that it was revenue. City leaders told us then that negotiations were over, and they could not come to an agreement with the team to lease the City Bank Coliseum.

NewsChannel 11 will keep you up to date on any changes.

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