Reds hope opt-out language never becomes relevant with Lookouts

Staff file photo / The Chattanooga Lookouts and the Cincinnati Reds will begin a new 10-year partnership when the Lookouts host the Rocket City Trash Pandas on May 4 at AT&T Field.

When Major League Baseball in February announced a 10-year partnership between the Cincinnati Reds and the Class AA Chattanooga Lookouts, no opt-out details were provided.

There is a strong desire among both Reds and Lookouts officials to never find out.

"I think what I know is only in theory, and I think we'll find out what the practice of it looks like in the years moving forward," Reds senior director of player development Eric Lee said. "What I can say on this is that our commitment to the city of Chattanooga and the Lookouts is one that we don't make lightly. As long as the Lookouts continue to remain great partners to us and we remain great partners to the Lookouts and all efforts are made to make this partnership grow, I'm hopeful and optimistic that none of that language becomes relevant in the future.

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