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J.J. Cooper -Premium Content

Sitting in a business class at Arizona State, Aaron Klusman didn't feel like he was learning a whole lot. The class was long, and a little boring. But boredom quickly turned to inspiration. "The teacher lost me a little bit. I'd always sketched in class, and while sketching, I came up with a corporate logo," Klusman said. A couple of doodles on a piece of paper turned into a fledgling business for Klusman, who is equally adept hitting the corner with a fastball, or pitching his clothing line to a potential sale.

Minors | #2006#Business Beat

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Will Lingo -Premium Content

In 1967, two minor league teams broke camp to begin their respective seasons. The Reading Phillies left Clearwater, Fla., for their home in Pennsylvania, a red brick stadium nestled against sloping hills. The Lakeland Tigers stayed right where they were: in the stadium where the parent club had just left spring training. This April the scene will repeat itself, as the Phillies' Double-A squad heads to its Eastern League home, while the Tigers' high Class A team stays in Lakeland as a member of the Florida State League for the 40th time.

Minors | #2006#Business Beat

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Will Lingo -Premium Content

At the Syracuse SkyChiefs' (International) annual stockholders meeting in November, SkyChiefs board chairman Charlie Rich said one of the team's main priorities was ending its long-running feud with Onondaga County over the team's lease at Alliance Bank Stadium.

Minors | #2006#Business Beat

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J.J. Cooper -Premium Content

Tim Bennett spent five years trying to bring affiliated baseball to the Jackson, Miss., area, an effort that eventually paid off with the arrival of the Mississippi Braves last season. Now, he'll see what he can do in Jackson, Tenn.

Minors | #2006#Business Beat

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J.J. Cooper -Premium Content

Deadlines came and went, but in the end the opportunity to place a team in Skylands Park was enough of a prize to the Can-Am League to be worth shuffling their schedule. The league added a Sussex County team, which hasn't been named yet, in early January. A week later, the Elmira Pioneers, who finished last in the league in attendance in 2005 (1,207 fans a game), shut down for 2006, handing their schedule over to the new team.

Minors | #2006#Business Beat