The sale of the Batavia Muckdogs to a group from Waldorf, Maryland, will not happen.
Naomi Silver, chief executive and chief operating officer of the Rochester Red Wings, said the sale fell through because the prospective ownership group was not granted permission from teams and leagues that have territorial rights in Waldorf.
"None of the approvals that were required were received," Silver said Thursday evening. "Too many territorial rights were wrapped up in this."
The Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals, as well as the Double-A Eastern League and Class-A Carolina League needed to give their blessing for invasion by an NY-P League franchise.
Silver said the prospective ownership group will not attempt to pursue another attempt to gain approvals.
Even if the sale had gone through, the Muckdogs would have played the 2016 season in Batavia and then the Waldorf group would have assumed control of operations for the 2017 season.
"We'll go on with business as usual," Silver said.
The Red Wings operate the Muckdogs and were involved in sale negotiations. The New York-Penn League franchise is owned in by Genesee County Baseball Club, a not-for-profit organization, and the Red Wings.
The Red Wings saved the franchise following the 2007 NY-P League season by agreeing to operate the club and absorb any losses in exchange for a 5-percent ownership stake for every year they own the club, up to 50 percent.
Silver said the Red Wings have lost in excess of $100,000 in each of the eight seasons that they have operated the Muckdogs.
The Muckdogs, the short-season Class-A affiliate of the Miami Marlins, open the 2016 season at Auburn against the Doubledays on June 17. Their home opener at Dwyer Stadium in Batavia is at 7:05 p.m. on June 22 against the State College Spikes.
The "For Sale" sign is still posted on the Muckdogs franchise, however.
"We would love for people to see that baseball is solid in Batavia," Silver said. "If we could draw well in Batavia and sell sponsorships, we would have no reason to sell the ball club.
"But we can't sustain loses forever."
BREAKING: The Batavia Muck Dogs of NYP League aren't going anywhere yet. Sale to group from Waldorf, Maryland, fell through.— Kevin Oklobzija (@kevinoDandC) May 26, 2016