Non-profit youth volleyball club displaced after A-Game closure

(Photo: WKRN)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Alliance Volleyball Club, a non-profit youth volleyball club with nearly 600 members, spent their Saturday practicing at Harpeth Hall School in Nashville.

The club was displaced after Franklin-based A-Game Sportsplex abruptly closed for good on Thursday.

The facility was used by thousands of kids for ice skating, hockey, track, baseball and volleyball.

(Photo: WKRN)
(Photo: WKRN)

Sports Land Group, LLC, which owns A-Game, said in a release that the facility “has never generated a profit.”

Jeff Wismer, Director of Alliance Volleyball Club, told News 2 “We were unfortunately not informed that the building was going to close Thursday morning.”

Parents and coaches knew about the sale but said they were told the building would stay open through March 31.

Eugene Keenan, father of Maggie Kennan who plays with Alliance, said, “This is something these girls love to do. So to show up somewhere and all of a sudden not be able to get into a place that you feel like you have the right to be inside… It’s frustrating.”

According to Alliance, their lease to use space at A-Game runs into 2017.

(Photo: WKRN)
(Photo: WKRN)

On Saturday afternoon, the owners of A-Game sent a copy of a proposal to News 2 that would keep the facility open through March 31.

The owners say they are willing to negotiate a deal with Alliance and hockey organizer MDG Management that would reopen the facility temporarily.

As part of the deal, both sports clubs would have to allow the facility to be sold, in spite of their current leases.

The full proposal from A-Game’s owners is below:

This has been a sad week for A-Game, Alliance, MDG, and our community. In an effort to keep the lines of communication open, and hopefully to re-open the facility quickly, the following sets forth the basic elements of a proposal we have forwarded to Alliance and MDG:

1. A-Game would reopen within 24-hours of the parties’ reaching agreement as to the terms of the proposals.
2. A-Game would remain open for the clubs’ use through March 31, 2016, with a possibility of remaining open through April 30, 2016.
3. SLG would proceed with the sale of the facility to the party under contract as soon as a closing could be arranged, and the clubs would enable the sale and clear title to be passed to the buyer.
4. Upon the closing of the sale, SLG would deposit two million dollars ($2,000,000.00) of the closing proceeds into an escrow account ($1,000,000.00 for the benefit of MDG and $1,000,000.00 for the benefit of Alliance). The escrowed funds would be available to fund any legally permissible damages to which MDG and/or Alliance may be entitled arising from the lawsuit currently pending in the Williamson County Chancery Court (Case No. 44784). Recoveries would not be limited to the amount of the escrowed funds.
5. SLG is willing to proceed with mediation on an expedited basis, if the clubs would like.

This proposal, we hope, achieves the goals of MDG and Alliance, allowing them the opportunity to finish their current seasons at A-Game, while allowing SLG to sell the facility and put an end to the losses of thousands of dollars its owners are incurring monthly to keep the facility open.

The proposal is valid through 5 pm on Wednesday, February 10, after which it will be deemed rejected.

We stand ready to meet personally with MDG and Alliance representatives on an immediate basis to resolve this unfortunate situation on a businesslike basis.

Sports Land Group, LLC
February 6, 2016

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