Major League Baseball approves sale of Chattanooga Lookouts

Lookouts batter Daniel Mayora strikes out Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, during Chatanooga's home game against Jacksonville at AT&T Field in Chattanooga, Tenn.
photo AT&T Field is the home stadium of the Chattanooga Lookouts.

The sale of the Chattanooga Lookouts to Atlanta-based general partners Jason Freier and John Woods has been approved by Major League Baseball.

Freier and Woods signed an agreement in December to purchase the Lookouts from Frank Burke, who has owned the storied Class AA franchise since 1995. The sale had to be approved by the Southern League, Minor League Baseball and Major League Baseball.

The Lookouts have scheduled a news conference at AT&T Field for Wednesday at 2 p.m. Freier and Woods are scheduled to be in attendance.

Freier is the chairman and chief executive officer of Hardball Capital in Atlanta, which operates the Fort Wayne (Ind.) TinCaps of the Midwest League and the Savannah (Ga.) Sand Gnats of the South Atlantic League. Woods grew up in East Ridge and is now a banking executive.

For more information, read Wednesday's Times Free Press.

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