2011 will go down in the books as the last season for the Shreveport-Bossier Captains. The professional baseball team has been sold to Laredo Group and will be re-branded the "Laredo Lemurs." It's the third professional sports team in as many years to leave Shreveport, following the Battle Wings football and Mudbugs hockey team.
President Scott Berry said the deal made financial sense, since ticket sales have been declining. He points to an uptick in sales in 2008, follwed by a steady decline. "Two years ago we won the league and attendance actually went down," he said.
Across Shreveport, sports fans were upset to hear the news. Mark Richard's an avid hockey fan who says he was upset when the Mudbugs left the area. This, he says, is an added blow. "I loved going to all the games and there's nothing to go to now. We're kind of losing, you know, the things we're able to do in Shreveport."
For now, Fair Ground Field will remain empty...but it may not stay that way. Berry confirms that he may be weeks away from announcing the arrival of a collegaite baseball team. That team would include a mixture of players from across the Ark-La-Tex and would likely also be called the Captains, Berry said.
However, for die-hard professional sports fans, this is the end of an era. It marks the first time Shreveport-Bossier will be without a professional team since 1968.