Something similar could happen in Fresno, since you don't want to pull the rug out from under a relatively new ballpark. PGE Park is something they probably want out of... Chukchansi is different.
Rickey's legacy is going to be the trail of bankruptcies. He's got more BS lines than Professor Harold Hill, and built the AAA economy on a house of credit and debt.
I could see a town like El Paso, which is more than likely tiring of Independent ball being very interested, IF they aren't held hostage, and told what they have to do...
I feel for you, Pounder, Portland's been a financial mess since they came back.
I ought to be polling everyone who will listen to try to get an estimate of ACTUAL attendance, as opposed to the announced attendance. I have a deeper suspicion at this point than just the health of the Beavers... since I'm willing to say that they may draw half the announced, at best.
After all, it strikes me kind of funny that AAA has a standard supposedly requiring a minimum 10,000 fixed seats, a standard met by NONE of the three new ballparks this year.
Remember that Rickey is a mouthpiece. The owners almost invariably own a league. I'm not sure the house of cards would be any different under a different commissioner. Maybe there's a deeper problem here.
He filled the PCL's ranks with sycophantic morons who believed all they had to do was throw up a new stadium and count their money.
The man has systematically removed almost every owner and/or GM with practical baseball experience.
It must be interesting to have such a huge playpen all to yourself, and know that the responsibility of mucking it all up, is all yours.
It's only a matter of time before they vote him out, now.
http://kmjnow.com/pages/landing_news?Pl ... feedID=806
http://www.fresnobee.com/local/story/17 ... =mirelated
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Ugly situation. The cost of losing the Grizzlies is greater, and it is likely that the council will approve this, but I don't see how this pencils out.