The minors have seen various forms of a Triple-A World Series over the years, the most recent coming from 1998-2000. It was one of the main reasons Triple-A realigned into two leagues—remember the American Association?—and debuted as a best-of-five series in Las Vegas with much fanfare. It didn't work, at least not on the scale organizers hoped for. So after the original three-year deal to hold the event in Las Vegas expired, so did the Triple-A World Series. But the idea got moving again thanks to Ken Schnacke, president of the IL's Columbus Clippers, and Minor League Baseball vice president Pat O'Conner. It was a major topic of discussion in Sacramento this year at the Triple-A all-star game, and there is strong momentum for bringing the series back in 2006.