The owner of the Pensacola Pelicans has sold his independent franchise in anticipation of buying a Southern League team, the Pensacola News-Journal reports. The paper says the Carolina Mudcats are the likely frachise headed to Florida.
The Mudcats were in Columbus, Ga., before moving to suburban Raleigh, N.C., before the 1991 season. This year, Carolina averaged 3,811 fans to rank fifth in the Southern League.
The Pelicans, former rivals of the bygone Montgomery Wings, averaged 1,150 fans per game this year, but owner Quint Studer has plans for a new stadium at the city's Community Maritime Park.