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FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — Naming rights are among the sticking points as Frederick officials consider new lease terms for the city’s minor-league baseball stadium.

Mayor Randy McClement and the Board of Alderman were set to discuss the matter Wednesday. But the city announced that the stadium lease had been pulled from the agenda less than two hours before the meeting.

The proposed 10-year deal with the Frederick Keys would increase the lease rate from $30,000 to $100,000 per season. But a provision for sharing revenue from naming rights is provoking debate.

Harry Grove Stadium is named for the baseball-loving father of a man who donated $250,000 toward its construction in 1988.

Those who oppose selling the naming rights say his gift should be respected– and not discarded in favor of a corporate logo.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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