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Business Beat: Oct. 31

J.J. Cooper -Premium Content

Artificial turf, once the miracle cure for stadiums across the country, is quickly heading toward extinction at the minor league level. The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons (International) have already gone forward with plans to roll up their carpet and replace it with grass for the 2007 season. The Wichita Wranglers (Texas), who play on a turf infield and a grass outfield, will leave for Springdale, Ark., before the 2008 season. And now the Syracuse SkyChiefs (International) are looking to replace their turf with grass as well.

Minors | #2006#Business Beat

Business Beat: Sept. 15

J.J. Cooper -Premium Content

Don't mistake the quiet to mean that nothing is going on. The end of the minor league season meant that many affiliation agreements between major and minor league teams have officially come to an end. Player-development contracts—the official name of the documents that bind a major league and minor league team together—run in two-year increments, so this is the year when unhappy couples can look for greener pastures.

Minors | #2006#Business Beat

Business Beat: Aug. 23

J.J. Cooper -Premium Content

Documents obtained by the Springdale Morning News provided details on a 20-year lease between the Wranglers and the city of Springdale. The only point of negotiation was whether the baseball team will retain the rights to rent out the ballpark during the offseason, or whether the city will own those rights. When that final detail is worked out, the Wranglers are aiming to move to Springdale for the 2008 season.

Minors | #2006#Business Beat

Business Beat

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

Business Beat

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

Business Beat

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