As for where could they go as a Buffalo Bisons fan and someone that really follows International League baseball I would like to see the IL go back to Montreal at Olympic Stadium. With the dome it guarenteess games won't get rained out or snowed out like what happened often in April with Ottawa in the IL.
Another problem would be boarder crossings the IL didn't mind seeing the Ottawa Lynx IL move and that was one of the reasons along with of course the poor attendance in Ottawa. Anyway I would like to see the IL go back to it's roots with the Montreal Royals in the IL again.
It would be a great rival for my Buffalo Bisons. We already have the Buffalo Sabres vs Montreal Canadiens rivalry. Montreal is too big of a city not to have atleast triple-a baseball. I think it would work up there because there has been enough time since the Montreal Expos NL moved to Washington.
Another possiblity would be Richmond, Virginia that lost the Richmond Braves IL to Gwinnett, Georgia. Bring back the Richmond Virginians IL from the 1960's.
Another possiblity is a growing market in Jacksonville, Florida. The Jacksonville Suns IL bring them back from the 1960's is possible too. Or even Orlando, Florida is large enough for triple-a baseball today.
So my choices would be as follows in number order how I would like it to happen.
1. Scranton-WB meaning I hope it stays in Scranton-WB
Let's Go Buffalo
Same with the Richmond Flying Squirrels EL if the IL cuts a deal with a new ballpark with Richmond, Virginia I think the Eastern League would have to go or at the very least face potential serve finacial losses at the Diamond for the Richmond Flying Squirrels Eastern League. Because one would think baseball fans in Richmond, Virginia would go to triple-a IL new team at a new stadium over double-a at the old baseball park at the Diamond see what I am saying.
Jacksonville Suns SL that case I don't know because they already have a signed lease at there new stadium built a few years ago. That city going there could be a problem because of the lease with the Jacksonville Suns Southern League double-a team. I think that could definately be a problem I don't know the whole rules on Minor League and Major League baseball territorries and rules for locating in a new market.
I know Memphis was a Southern League double-a team the Memphis Chicks SL and are now in the PCL as the Memphis Redbirds PCL. Or the Charlotte Knights SL now the Charlotte Knights IL. And the Wichita Aeros AA triple-a Buffalo took there team to Buffalo, New York to become the Buffalo Bisons AA triple-a and Wichita got the Wichita Wranglers TL double-a of the Texas League in there place at that time so the city of Wichita, Kansas got down graded so I saw it both ways so who knows with relocation all the rule by MLB/MILB.
The only thing is the city of Jacksonville when the lease is nearing a end for the Jacksonville Suns SL they don't have to sign up with double-a if there is a triple-a team interested in the city of Jacksonville I think. The city can just not reup with a new lease I would think? But I am only a sports fan and not a ecomomics major or a lawyer so I don't know just using common sense and opinion. Let's Go Buffalo
http://thetimes-tribune.com/news/rebuil ... -1.1061318
Lackawanna County, owners of the AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre franchise, have agreed to sell the team to the Yankees and Mandalay Baseball Properties for $14.6 million. The new owners will sign a 30-year lease with Scranton and have pledged $40 million for stadium renovations, David Singleton of The Times Tribune reported last night.