Salt Lake Buzz owner Joe Buzas has knuckled under - sort of - agreeing to pay most of the money an arbitrator ordered him to surrender for invading territory once claimed by the Salt Lake Trappers and for breaking the rules in the process.
The Trappers received $1.2 million in a wire transaction Tuesday night, said the now-defunct team's attorney, Gregory Phillips. But more than $500,000 of the arbitration award was not paid, and Phillips said the Trappers will continue to press their case with the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues, Inc., for support in collecting total payment. The organization is the body that governs minor-league baseball.Buzas also made partial payment to the Pioneer League, of which the Trappers were a member. The league received $200,000 Tuesday night, an amount $117,000 short of the compensation awarded. The Buzz are part of the Pacific Coast League, which last year took over Salt Lake's baseball territory from the Pioneer League.
Buzas said Wednesday the amount he refused to pay was that assessed for his alleged "tampering" in gaining access to the Salt Lake market. He has gone to court to appeal the outstanding payments, and has denied any wrongdoing.