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Quincy Gems up for sale; OLC to operate team in 2014

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(COMING UP AT SIX: WGEM Sports Director Ben Marth will have more coverage on the announcement of the sale of the franchise.)

The future of the Quincy Gems is up in the air as the Oakley-Lindsay Center Board voted unanimously Wednesday to sell the Quincy Gems.

Board members said the OLC cannot maintain control of the Gems without turning a profit.

Updated numbers show the ballclub turned just above a $3,000 profit on concessions during the 2013 season, but Finance Chairman Jim Rinella said overall the bottom line didn't look good.

"Looks like the Gems lost $65,000 last (summer)," Rinella said.

Rinella said the board is committed to the 2014 season and it's letting people know the franchise is up for sale. But the board said it doesn't want the team going far.

"The number one priority is to keep the Gems in Quincy," Rinella said.

"I'd hate to see baseball leave Quincy," OLC Executive Director Rob Ebbing said. "Hope we can find local interest with new enthusiasm and new thoughts."

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