Jason Freier, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Hardball Capital spoke to the editors of the Times Free Press at the newspaper's office on September 25, 2018. Hardball Capital is the owners of the Chattanooga Lookouts and several other minor league teams.
Lookouts co-owner and investor John J. Woods, who spearheaded the purchase of the team in 2014 and was able to convince Freier to run the franchise's daily operations, has been charged by federal regulators with defrauding more than 400 investors through a Ponzi scheme. Woods graduated from East Ridge High School in 1983 and was a walk-on football player at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga before transferring to Tennessee Tech.