Hampton, VA/Raleigh, NC (September 1, 2022) – Capitol Broadcasting Company (CBC) announced on August 31, 2022 they are under contract to acquire and operate the Coastal Plain League, one of the premier summer collegiate wood bat leagues in the country, from the Petitt Family, who have owned and operated the league since 1997. CBC has owned and operated the circuit’s Holly Springs Salamanders since 2017.
“We’re very excited about adding the Coastal Plain League to CBC’s growing baseball division,” said Capitol Broadcasting Company Executive Vice President Michael Goodmon. “The CPL has continued to grow in terms of the quality of the game on the field and the experience in the stands. With its small-town baseball atmosphere, experienced and passionate team owners, and storied history, we are honored for the Petitt family to entrust us with this important asset. Simply put, we cannot wait to help the league continue to grow in the future.”
Pilots Caretaker Henry Morgan Sr said “Pilots Nation is pumped about the purchase of the Coastal Plain League by Capitol Broadcast Company! We are deeply indebted and grateful to the Petitt family and Pete Bock family for having us in the League since 2000, and are delighted to welcome the Goodmon family and Capital Broadcast Corporation as new owners of our league.”
Morgan Sr spoke to the type of leadership the league has had and will continue into the future “Quality people started and continue operation of the most exciting summer collegiate baseball league in America!”
“Our family believes that CBC, with its long history in baseball and strong reputation throughout the sports industry, is uniquely positioned to lead the CPL into the future,” said Jerry Petitt, CEO of the Coastal Plain League, “CBC’s ownership will benefit our individual teams as we continue to provide excellent baseball and family-friendly entertainment. We could not ask for a better partner to expand upon the legacy of the CPL.”
The Coastal Plain League is the nation’s premier summer collegiate baseball league. The CPL is currently comprised of 13 franchises playing in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. To date, the CPL has had nearly 1,750 alumni drafted and 159 alums make their Major League debut. Most notable alumni include Justin Verlander, Ryan Zimmerman, Kevin Youkilis, Chris Taylor, Mark Reynolds, Alec Bohm and NFL Super Bowl winner Russell Wilson. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at www.coastalplain.com, and be sure to follow on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and TikTok @CPLBaseball.
About Capitol Broadcasting Company:
Capitol Broadcasting Company, Inc. is a diversified communications company which owns and/or operates WRAL-TV, WRAZ-TV, WRAL-FM, WRAL-HD2, WNGT-CD, WCMC-FM, WCMC-HD1, WDNC-AM, WCMC-HD2, WCMC-HD3, WCLY-AM, WCMC-HD4, Microspace, WRAL Digital and Wolfpack Sports Properties (a joint venture with Learfield) in Raleigh, NC; WILM-TV, WILT-LD and Sunrise Broadcasting in Wilmington, NC; The Durham Bulls Baseball Club, Bull City Hospitality, the American Underground startup hub in Durham, NC; and real estate interests including the American Tobacco Historic District in Durham, NC, and Rocky Mount Mills in Rocky Mount, NC