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Dr. Seuss Strikes Back

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Controversial promotions are nothing new to minor league baseball. Vasectomy Night in Charleston—all male fans were eligible to win a free snip—was not well-received and canceled without a single neuter. […]

Minors | #Business Beat

PDC Update

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The Pirates and Triple-A Indianapolis agreed yesterday to extend their player development contract four years through the 2012 season, bringing the number of International League clubs whose contracts expire after […]

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Reds Go West

Josh Leventhal -

The Reds’ exodus from its longtime Florida spring training home to Arizona was finalized on Monday evening, when the city of Goodyear agreed to finance a $33 million ballpark project. […]

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Fix-It-Upper

Josh Leventhal -

Naomi Silver hardly thinks of Batavia as a reclamation project. The Rochester Red Wings chief operating officer instead views her team's new relationship with the Muckdogs, their neighbor in upstate New York, as an investment that will prove profitable for two of minor league baseball's most venerable teams.

Minors | #2008#Business Beat

Marlins, Rays Spruce Up Sagging Markets

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While promotions are as much a part of baseball history as Cracker Jacks and trading cards, teams like the Rays and Marlins are trying to overcome geographical and structural challenges by making their ballparks into destination attractions. Arriving to the park just before the first pitch and leaving after the seventh inning doesn't fit into their business model. Instead they invite fans to come early for a parking lot happy hour or concourse level mini-carnival and stay late for fireworks and a concert.

Minors | #2008#Business Beat

A Farewell Tour

Josh Leventhal -

If incoming South Atlantic League president Eric Krupa ever had any doubts about the big shoes he has to fill in succeeding John Henry Moss, they were erased when the […]

Minors | #Business Beat

Feeding Frenzy

Josh Leventhal -

Great read in this morning’s USA Today on the increasing popularity of all-you-can-eat ticket packages at major league ballparks and whether teams should be concerned about such a promotion’s potential […]

Minors | #Business Beat