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Mark Ready becomes Principle Owner of the Brisbane Bandits
The Brisbane Bandits are excited to announce that the long-term backbone of the organisation, Mark Ready has been named the team's official Principal Owner.
06/03/2018 6:41 PM ET
 

 

The Brisbane Bandits are excited to announce that the long-term backbone of the organisation, Mark Ready has been named the team's official Principal Owner.  

With Ready's focus on creating a professional group of on and off field talent, he has been instrumental in taking the organization from cellar dwellers to three-time consecutive champions.

"It means everything to me to be back at the helm this time as Principal Owner. I had retired at the end of last season but with interest in the franchise from entities outside of baseball I was dragged back in to make sure that the Bandits were kept in the hands of baseball people."

Mark Ready's involvement with the Brisbane Bandits is undoubtedly unique. Mark's involvement in the Modern Australian Baseball League has been there from day one as one of the original partnering sponsor of the Brisbane Bandits. His association only grew from there; in 2014 Ready was named CEO of the team and was awarded with CEO of the Year the same season.

As Owner of the Brisbane Bandits, Mark Ready will be keenly focused on bringing the Australian and Asian market closer together.

"The expansion into Asia is a game changer in driving sustainability. This season there will be over 10 million eyes watching us. That's going to change they way we do business."

Mark had worked closely with Bandits International Affairs Director, Adrian Lamb to strategically create connections with the Asian market to further the growth of Baseball in Australia. Lamb says, "it's imperative to show the Asian markets that we are serious in bringing their super stars here to play for the Bandits, last seasons debut with Taiwan's biggest star Ngayaw Ake is just the beginning."

Brisbane Bandits, General Manager, Paul Gonzalez has worked with both Lamb and Ready in Brisbane organising the expatriate communities engagement with the team reveals, "We have a lot of leverage now that we have stepped into the Asian market, we set up those ties to create exposure for players and to connect us [to the Asian market] for future seasons.

Mark Ready and the Brisbane Bandits made history last season by including Lisa Norrie in their coaching line up, the first female coach in Australian Baseball League history. Now, with talks of an Australian Women's Baseball League being in the works, Mark Ready reveals that he has had his sights set on this venture for quite some time.

"It is my undying passion to get an AWBL up and running and I believe I have come up with a model and business plan for an inaugural season. I believe it can be sustainable and very successful. I will be presenting that model with BA CEO Cam Vale to the ownership group."

When asked what legacy he wishes to leave behind him as the Owner of the team, Mark replied, "It's not about me, it's about baseball. I want this new phase of the ABL to lift the profile of our sport, create opportunity for both our male and female players and cement our unique place in the world of baseball, we will continue to grow and expand the brand and will be seeking out new and innovative ways to drive brand awareness."

With this new ownership model for the franchise we are pleased to have Ready's continued stability with his leadership and innovation within the organization.

 

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