A big argument is brewing in Omaha. Rosenblatt Stadium’s last year as site of the College World Series may not be as rosy as some had hoped. Omaha now wants to get a cut of anything sold with the Rosenblatt name on it. It is something that isn’t setting well with C-W-S President Jack Diesing. (DEE-sing.
“For 60 years, anybody wanting to do anything using the name Rosenblatt or Rosenblatt Stadium could do it with no problem.”
Diesing is very disappointed that a decision was made without any discussion about its impact.
“Now all of a sudden, without talking to anybody, somebody decides they are going to make some money with this deal.”
He says his organization was never given a chance to offer input into the decision.
“Let’s sit down and talk about it. We don’t think this ought to happen. We should be spending our time thinking about how we can celebrate what has happened for 60 years here in Omaha.”
Diesing questions whether the city can legally impose such a charge. Another question is why the city suddenly wants to cash in on the Rosenblatt name.
“You know, there are a lot of things going in politics behind closed doors. We are very disappointed that long-term partners haven’t been at the table talking about the pros and cons of doing this.”
The Omaha Royals, who also play at Rosenblatt Stadium, have agreed in principle to pay a 7 1/2 % fee on any Rosenblatt merchandise they sell but no documents have been signed. Diesing says the C-W-S will not pay that fee.