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Hartford Officials Say Deal In Place To Move Cats

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(Photo:  Tristano Korlou)

(Photo: Tristano Korlou)

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ A Hartford city official says a deal is in place that would move the minor league New Britain Rock Cats about 18 miles north to the capital city.

Hartford Councilman Ken Kennedy tells WVIT-TV that the council was briefed on the plan Tuesday night. He says it includes a 25-year lease, contingent on the city building a stadium for the club.

Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra called a noon news conference to discuss what he called a “major sports announcement.”

New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart says team General Manager Tim Restall told her Monday that he knew nothing of those plans. But she tweeted Wednesday that the city was “not going down without a fight.” The team’s lease in New Britain runs out after the 2015 season.

The team did not immediately return a call Wednesday seeking comment.

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