Baltimore Ravens and future Hall of Fame linebacker Ray Lewis has had a prodigious affect on the city of Baltimore. In 2000, Lewis was named Super Bowl MVP, in the Ravens 34-7 victory over the New York Giants. In his 15 year career, he has contributed in the growth of the Baltimore area in various capacities. His company – The RL52 Group, consists of a charitable foundation, a clothing line, a fitness dietary supplement and a merchant payment processing service. The group has also taken in real estate and cycling.
In 2010, Lewis announced plans to build a contemporary, multifaceted bowling center in the affluent, unincorporated community of Hunt Valley, Maryland. This bowling center, named “MVP Lanes” – met with immense array, as it was to feature an abounding variety of amenities ( sushi bar, live radio booth, sports-themed atmosphere ) and predicted to create over 100 jobs for the area – is now reduced to boarded off windows and a chain linked fence around what would be the front door.
The Baltimore Sports Report cites the cause for this contingency, is that the projects subcontractors have complained that they are owed $1.1 million and that the building has been interrupted. Some of these subcontractors have filed lawsuits against the general contractor, citing a failure to be compensated for work completed. MVP has also filed a claim against one of it’s financiers, according to TBSR, that the company “duped” them, forged documents and failed to grant the necessary funds to keep the project afloat.
Despite such adverse circumstance, Lewis and his business partner Marc Rosen remain optimistic that the project can be resurrected. MVP’s attorney’s released a statement in an email indicating that the partnership was “diligently working on replacement financing.”
In an interview with The Baltimore Sun, Rosen talked about expanding the MVP Lanes concept to other cities with professional sports franchises.