The Goldklang Group is a sports entertainment consulting and management firm. The Group provides operational consulting and management services in all areas relating to sports franchise, event, and venue acquisition, promotion and operation.
Armed with a passion for the game and the foresight of growth within professional baseball, Marv Goldklang formed the Goldklang Group. A fan himself, Goldklang set out to capitalize on what he felt were the key ingredients to success once the market and venue was established- providing superior customer service, cutting edge ideas, and family entertainment at affordable prices.
The origins of the Goldklang Group date back to September 1989, when investment partnerships headed by Goldklang acquired controlling interests in three affiliated Minor League Baseball franchises - the Single A Charleston, S.C. franchise in the South Atlantic League; the Single A Miami, Fla. Franchise in the Florida State League (relocated to Ft. Myers in 1992); and the Double A Williamsport, Pa franchise in the Eastern League. At that time, the Goldklang Group also acquired a substantial minority interest in the Triple A Oklahoma City franchise in the American Association, which subsequently was sold in 1992. In 1990, the Goldklang Group added the Erie, Pa. franchise in the short season A New York-Penn League, which was relocated to the Hudson Valley, N.Y. region in 1994. In December 1990, a new Professional Baseball Agreement was entered into between the Major Leagues and the affiliated Minor Leagues which, among other things, mandated affiliation of the Goldklang Group’s Williamsport franchise with the New York Mets. Goldklang, also a part owner of the New York Yankees, thereupon entered into discussions with the crosstown rival, resulting in sale of the franchise to the Mets in 1991. In 1992, Goldklang and Mike Veeck participated with Miles Wolff and Van Schley in recreating the concept of independent professional baseball and helped establish the Northern League, acquiring rights to St. Paul, Minn. where the Goldklang Group’s franchise commenced play in 1993. The Saints immediately became the league’s premiere franchise, garnering national attention and acclaim on a regular basis.
Over more than two decades, the Group has participated in the construction and/or financing of three minor league baseball stadiums (Hudson Valley, Charleston and Brockton), and will soon add a fourth with a new ballpark slated to open in St Paul for the 2015 season. Goldklang and Veeck were also at the forefront of the formation of the American Association in 2005, a modern independent baseball venture in which the St. Paul franchise currently plays.
Today, the Group's core business remains the operation of its proprietary clubs and year-round management of their associated venues.