San Rafael Possible New Independent League City For 2012

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This article comes out of California, where the city of San Rafael is in consideration for a North American League team for 2012:


In case you, the fan, think that starting a pro baseball team is easy then read this article.  Apart from negotiating stadium leases (or even stadium construction), securing beer licenses, getting sponsors in this economy, signing the right manager and coaching staff, handling the website and social media efforts, dealing with local and national sports media, and keeping the local VIP’s happy…. you also would have to deal with those residents who truly think that their little corner of the world is superior to having pro baseball put their little town on the map!

Again, it is laughable that an adult would even suggest that professional minor league games be played during the day and sell no alcohol.  If the person being quoted could guarantee at least 1500-2000 people would show up during the day to watch games without alcohol, only then would the team consider that option.  Of course, this is virtually impossible to guarantee.

Independent teams, for the most part, live and die on various forms of ticket & concession revenues.  Other leagues can survive with daytime games because they are funded by the Major League organization or are funded by the players, such as is the case with pro developmental leagues.

Finally, take a moment to read some of the comments from the local residents.  A couple of them are funny!


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