Fort Smith Arkansas In The Running For Independent Minor League Baseball

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In recent days Fort Smith, Arkansas has been named as city which is being targeted by independent minor league baseball as a future expansion city, including a new stadium.  Here are some of the articles discussing this story:


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The American Association’s involvement in Fort Smith would make sense, geographically, and you are welcome to contribute your thoughts as to the economics of this if you are well-versed in the economics of pro sports.

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2 Comments

  1. I would love to speak with someone about this! Would love to know if this is still a possibility. Who would I contact?

  2. I don’t know of any “live-work-play” stadiums in independent baseball, but in affiliated ball, Merchantsauto.com Stadium, home of the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, has been a financial mess despite the popularity of the team.

    The city of Manchester is on the hook (via bonds) for all the unsold condos and empty business space in the park.

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