The United League announced that it is going to operate an instructional, pay-to-play summer league starting next week. The enticement is that the best players will join a team to finish out the season in the United League.
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This is likely going to cause concern about a pay-to-play option which guarantees time against actual pro teams. It, however, is not the first time that this has taken place. Such a course started in 2009 when the Coastal Kingfish were introduced into the Continental Baseball League as a last-minute replacement for a team which was supposed to play in the Dallas area.
In subsequent years, there have been developmental leagues which are pay-to-play. The Pecos League just ran its Houston-based Pecos Development League. The developmental New York State League fed players to the Taos Blizzard this year (until recently) and ran the 2011 New York Federals which played in the Can-Am League. Of course, prospective players pay to attend open tryouts in all leagues.
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