Take the Braves for instance. They own the AAA, AA, and low-A teams.
And have for years, I believe.
Is it? I don't know. I thought Player Development Contracts were still the preponderance of these things.This is not the case for every club but is becoming the trend.
It appears as though exactly three AAA clubs are owned or partially owned by their major league affiliate. (Gwinnett, Scranton-Wilkes Barre and Oklahoma City.)
Don't know about below AA, would have to check. But if it's becoming the trend, there would be more of those arrangements now than, say, 10 years ago. And I don't know if that's the case or not.
Don't recall that, which is not to say I didn't think that.Sam, what is your thoughts on the D-League ever having a sub league like a AA? I seem to recall you were not too optimistic on them even getting to a 1 to 1 affiliation this quickly.
I don't know why a AA would be necessary.