Multiple sources confirm to KWCH Sports that the paperwork is in the hands of a local ownership group - spearheaded by one man - and a deal to sell the team is nearing its final stages. The transaction is expected to be complete next week.
If the sale goes through, the deal would cap a wild two months for the two-time defending CPIFL champs.
Below is a timeline of events that have led to the contingent sale of the team:
June 21st: Wild win second-consecutive CPIFL championship.
July 2nd: Owner Wink Hartman puts the team up for sale.
July 11th: Offices close after a buyer could not be found.
July 14th: KWCH confirms a handshake agreement was reached to sell the team.
July 18th: KWCH confirms a new deal, involving a local ownership group, is in its final stages.
Former owner Wink Hartman, who purchased the team in 2006, elected to sell-high following the team's second championship.
Hartman, who has his hands in multiple business ventures, said he wanted to test the waters of another business opportunity. He's been an instrumental figure in the landscape of Wichita sports. In 2011, the businessman brought indoor soccer to the Air Capital, with the introduction of the Wichita Wings. That franchise folded in 2013.