The Texas Collegiate League’s revival took another step forward when it added a sixth franchise just over a year after a dispute among team owners nearly collapsed the college baseball summer circuit.
Victoria (Texas) is set to join the TCL for the summer of 2009. The new team, which was unveiled at a press conference on Wednesday, will be owned by local businessman Tracy Young. This time last year, seven of the league’s nine teams were threatening to fold, citing an inability to turn profits during the league’s four years because of an unfair business model, which included $20,000 annual renewal fees and a league-wide sponsorship deal that owners said did not benefit them. The TCL responded by suing the seven teams in an effort to block any attempts to form a new league.
In the end, four teams remained, and the TCL has deliberately worked to regain the form of a league that saw saw 158 of its players get drafted in just four years.
“Expansion is one of our top priorities as a league, and we are evaluating a number of future options for the league’s growth," league president Uri Geva sad in a release. "Adding a strong market like Victoria provides a great boost to the league and opens the door for potential future expansion, especially to the south.”
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