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Aces ownership confirmed
FS Entertainment secure long-term deal
08/13/2018 9:04 PM ET
From l-r: Simon Sallka, Justin Huber, Karen Greenidge, Myles Foreman.
From l-r: Simon Sallka, Justin Huber, Karen Greenidge, Myles Foreman. 

Baseball Australia and the Melbourne Aces are excited to announce FS Entertainment - led by Executive Chairman Simon Sallka - have acquired the Aces' license in a long-term partnership. 

While Sallka and FS Entertainment have acquired the license with immediate effect, Baseball Victoria will continue to operate the day-to-day functions of Melbourne during the 2018/19 season.

FS Entertainment will gain full operational control of the Aces from the 2019/20 season.

The opportunity to claim ownership of the Melbourne Aces in season 2018/19 was too great for Sallka to pass up.

"The league is entering a period where there is opportunity for unparalleled growth," Sallka said.

"FS Entertainment are committed to ensuring the Melbourne Aces remain competitive on the field, while off the field we have an unwavering desire to make the team more accessible to the sports mad city.

"The support of Baseball Victoria and Baseball Australia has been incredible.

"They have enabled us to present and implement a long-term success strategy.

"We want to bring the magic back."

The Melbourne Aces will play their home games at Melbourne Ballpark this season, welcoming the Canberra Cavalry in Round 1.

Baseball Victoria CEO Justin Huber is excited to begin a new chapter in Aces baseball.

"We have secured the Aces operating license this season as stewards of baseball in Victoria," Huber said.

"We were not going to let the Melbourne Aces fall by the wayside and having the best interests of the fans and members at heart was a key reason we decided to lead the transition process.

"We were at the forefront of the process in finding a licensee and have complete confidence in Simon to build the Melbourne Aces into a team that has long-term success both on and off the field.

"Baseball Victoria has deliberately secured the team in the short term and have led the solution for the long term."

Baseball Australia chief executive officer Cam Vale said the support of Baseball Victoria had been steadfast throughout the process.

"Justin Huber, Myles Foreman and the entire Baseball Victoria board have been exceptional throughout the process," Vale said.

"FS Entertainment wouldn't be in a position to acquire the Aces if not for Baseball Victoria's commitment, as their desire to ensure a Melbourne team was clear from the start of the licensing process. 

"Simon Sallka brings sound business acumen to the Melbourne Aces, and his all-encompassing perspective of growing the ABL in Victoria, was one of the key factors in the decision to award him the license. 

"With Simon's leadership we expect some very exciting announcements and developments over the course of the next 12 months before transitioning the full license to his organisation for 19/20 season and beyond"

ABOUT FS ENTERTAINMENT

Simon Sallka has worked as a fund manager for over 35 years in Australia, New York and Tokyo and brings with him sound financial acumen and a solid understanding of baseball and where it could be headed to achieve success. 

Karen Greenidge brings a wealth of over 20 years of legal and business acumen and is also noteworthy for her achievements as a junior tennis and golf champion.

This story was not subject to the approval of the Australian Baseball League or its clubs.