Former Wizards owner filed claim against Watertown
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WATERTOWN, N.Y. -- Watertown's mayor is calling for the former Watertown Wizards owner, Paul Simmons, to withdraw his Notice of Claim against the city.
Simmons filed the Notice of Claim last September against Watertown in the State Supreme Court for discrimination, breach of contract, and overpayment of fees, along with several other claims. Simmons said the city did not follow the terms of the contract with the Wizards, leading to a loss of income, and ultimately to their decision to sell the team.
The current Wizards co-owners are looking to separate the team from its past problems and form a new agreement with the city.
Watertown Wizards Co-owner Todd Kirkey said, "Personal differences and things that have gone on in the past, we felt that we could rise above that if you will by buying the team. If we thought that was going to be a problem I don't think we would have purchased the club in the first place."
Monday, Mayor Jeff Graham expressed his reluctance to support a new contract until this claim is taken care of. The city is still working to negotiate a contract with the Watertown Wizards for their upcoming season.