A marketing and digital ticketing company that apparently owes money to several area schools has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, according to court filings obtained by GateHouse Media Ohio.

Home Team Holdings LLC, previously known as Home Team Marketing LLC, filed for bankruptcy in the Delaware District of Federal Court on Tuesday.

Kent-Roosevelt, Aurora and Streetsboro high schools are all on the list of creditors, according to a 219-page document filed in the case. In Summit County, Cuyahoga Falls, Nordonia, Stow-Munroe Falls, Woodridge, Hudson, and Walsh Jesuit high schools and Western Reserve Academy are listed as creditors as well.

Aurora Superintendent Pat Ciccantelli said that the company owes the district $800. The company provided a small marketing service to the district for several years. Home Team secured a sponsor and displayed the advertisement in Aurora’s stadium.

"We contracted for their service last in the fall of 2017 and never received payment for the service. We stopped using this organization in 2017 due to the lack of payment on that contract," he said. 

Streetsboro Superintendent Michael Daulbaugh said that the district worked with one facet of the company, Home Team Marketing, for advertising in their stadium, but was not certain if they were owed any money. In one case, Akron Children's Hospital wanted to advertise in the stadium and used the company as a middle man to make arrangements. Daulbaugh said that the payments came through Hometown Marketing, rather than Akron Children's Hospital.

"We have not used them for a couple years, so we're going back into our archives to find out when we used them and if they made true on their payments. I looked at the lawsuit, and I think they just listed everyone they had relations with, not necessarily who they owe," Daulbaugh said.

He did not know the last time Streetsboro dealt with Home Team Marketing, and said that it would take "a long time" to go through their records to determine if they were owed any money.

Home Team also worked with Kent’s athletic boosters on signage in their stadium, Superintendent George Joseph said. Joseph did not know the last time Kent used Home Team’s services. The district did not use Home Team for ticketing services, and Kent is now investigating if there is any money owed.

Cuyahoga Falls contracted with Home Team this year to place one banner in its stadium, and is owed $500, Superintendent Todd Nichols said. 

Home Team owes Nordonia Hills $1,500 for an advertising banner that was hung in the stadium last year. Superintendent Joe Clark said that the district never used the company for online ticketing. 

Hudson Superintendent Phil Herman said they are still exploring why Hudson City Schools is listed as a creditor in the case. The district had a contract with Home Team Marketing from August 2015 to August 2017 that established the company as a marketing channel for securing and executing agreements with third party sponsors for advertising in school venues. Under the agreement, Home Team Marketing received a percentage of the revenues that were generated from new agreements. Herman said the contract was not renewed because the arrangement was not generating revenue for the district. 

Walsh President Karl Ertle began a contract with Home Team Holdings in August and is now assessing the finances. 

Exact amounts of money owed to each school were not listed in the bankruptcy papers. Schools across the country are listed as creditors, including some from Ohio, Arizona, Texas, Missouri and more.

Home Team Holdings allegedly owes between $10 million and $50 million to somewhere between 1,000 and 5,000 creditors, according to the case documents. The company estimated their assets to be between $0 and $50,000.

Home Team Marketing had multiple employees who worked in Cleveland and marketed in Northeast Ohio as well as across the county, according to Crain’s Cleveland. The marketing platform worked with Eventbrite and had a ticketing platform called TicketRoar. The publication says that the issue with ticket-holders not being paid was known earlier this year.

A meeting of creditors is scheduled for Nov. 15 at 10 a.m. at the federal court in Wilmington, Delaware. The attorney for Eventbrite’s bankruptcy was not available by press time. A message was not returned. 

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