Sport, including minor league baseball, is an object of public policy. Communities can exploit it to promote economic and social well-being, but not without risk. Drawing on case studies of fifteen locales including Fresno, Birmingham, Durham, Buffalo, Indianapolis, and Colorado Springs, Arthur Johnson systematically analyzes the political process by which communities decide to invest in stadiums for minor league baseball teams. He explores such factors as the presence or absence of a development strategy as a guide in decision making, and the value to a community of a minor league team and its stadium. Johnson also describes the dynamics of minor league baseball franchise relocation, the importance of intergovernmental relations to stadium financing, and the organization and business of minor league baseball, including its formal relationship with major league baseball.that until a AAA team came to Fresno he would operate the Suns in the city, if improvements were made to Euless Park. ... According to Buzas, the university asked for half of the ticket revenues and all of the concession revenues. ... According to Fresno State Universitya#39;s athletic director, Gary Cunningham, the Sunsa#39; use of the stadium would have caused too ... there would have been conflicts with summer activities at the university, especially with football practice, which is held next toanbsp;...
|Title||:||Minor League Baseball and Local Economic Development|
|Author||:||Arthur T. Johnson|
|Publisher||:||University of Illinois Press - 1995|