Q. Why do the Wilmington Sharks charge for admission when they can not pay players and pay the city a very nominal fee of $450 per game for using Legion Stadium and keep sponsor income and concession stand revenues? With a low cost structure,their tickets are about the same as UNCW. Where does all the incomes go and what do they claim as “expenses”?
A. First of all, the Sharks are not professionals and therefore are not allowed to be paid. They are college players – meaning amateurs.
According to lease agreement for use of Buck Hardee Field supplied by Amy Beatty, superintendent for recreation and downtown services, the Sharks are not required to report income.
However, after visiting with the Sharks on Thursday, monies made are used for operating costs and for salaries and so forth.
The baseball team plays in the Coastal Plain League.
Date posted: May 31, 2013
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