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39 minutes ago, MJWalker45 said:

I'm sure Wyoming has the same issues. ;)

I have long wanted to start a thread about  - who is UK, KU, UT, IU, UI and on and on (USC, OSU), but I've just never bothered.

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7 minutes ago, Sec19Row53 said:

I have long wanted to start a thread about  - who is UK, KU, UT, IU, UI and on and on (USC, OSU), but I've just never bothered.

I almost think it should be claimed by head to head matchups with the winner getting to keep it.

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1 hour ago, Sec19Row53 said:

I have long wanted to start a thread about  - who is UK, KU, UT, IU, UI and on and on (USC, OSU), but I've just never bothered.

 

I had a "concept" a few years ago of standardized NCAA team abbreviations as a way to avoid that. It wasn't perfect, but it was... something, for sure.

 

 

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4 hours ago, Sec19Row53 said:

I have long wanted to start a thread about  - who is UK, KU, UT, IU, UI and on and on (USC, OSU), but I've just never bothered.

Then you have the Southern Cal/Santa Clara agreement where Santa Clara changed to SCU in exchange for a gift of a few dozen palm trees.

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On 9/23/2018 at 4:46 PM, the admiral said:

Why were all the other schools in the Big Ten able to field baseball teams?

 

On 9/24/2018 at 1:49 AM, walkerws said:

Priorities. It's easy enough to match up baseball and softball. Not knowing what the focus of the department is, they might have thought baseball wasn't worth the effort. Buffalo has done this as well. 

 

On 9/24/2018 at 5:58 PM, Gothamite said:

Exactly.  Universities can make priorities. I don’t fault Wisconsin for their choice any more than Iowa State for theirs. 


On that note, it actually makes perfect sense for UW-Mil to have the state's only D1 baseball program.  Milwaukee is the city with the indoor baseball facility that could (in theory) bypass all the competitive disadvantages that northern baseball programs usually have.

Too bad their athletic department is too incompetent to work out some sort of arrangement for the Panthers to share it with the Brewers.  

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On 9/24/2018 at 3:58 PM, Gothamite said:

Exactly.  Universities can make priorities. I don’t fault Wisconsin for their choice any more than Iowa State for theirs. 

That decision was made in 1991 when revenues there were close to what they are now. Football was a perrinal loser back then (9 wins in previous four seasons).

 

Today, they've got a $132M budget, which is a 30% increase from 2010-11. They could easily add baseball (11.7 scholarships) and field hockey (12) to accommodate Title IX.

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1 hour ago, dfwabel said:

That decision was made in 1991 when revenues there were close to what they are now. Football was a perrinal loser back then (9 wins in previous four seasons).

  

Today, they've got a $132M budget, which is a 30% increase from 2010-11. They could easily add baseball (11.7 scholarships) and field hockey (12) to accommodate Title IX.

 

The budget is up, but so are expenses.  Almost every athletic department loses money each year, and Wisconsin is no exception.

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On 9/26/2018 at 1:02 AM, Gothamite said:

 

The budget is up, but so are expenses.  Almost every athletic department loses money each year, and Wisconsin is no exception.

Of the public D1 schools there were only around 11 or 12 departments that didn't pull at least some money from the general school fund last year.

 

On 9/25/2018 at 10:46 PM, NicDB said:

 

 


On that note, it actually makes perfect sense for UW-Mil to have the state's only D1 baseball program.  Milwaukee is the city with the indoor baseball facility that could (in theory) bypass all the competitive disadvantages that northern baseball programs usually have.

Too bad their athletic department is too incompetent to work out some sort of arrangement for the Panthers to share it with the Brewers.  

College baseball isn't that big of business for colleges. Not like football and basketball. I would bet that paying rent on Miller Park wouldn't even begin to be worthwhile. The Panthers' normal stadium only holds 500 people so I can't imagine there's much demand for tickets to their games.

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18 minutes ago, Red Wolf said:

Of the public D1 schools there were only around 11 or 12 departments that didn't pull at least some money from the general school fund last year.

 

College baseball isn't that big of business for colleges. Not like football and basketball. I would bet that paying rent on Miller Park wouldn't even begin to be worthwhile. The Panthers' normal stadium only holds 500 people so I can't imagine there's much demand for tickets to their games.

 

The fact that two Northwoods League clubs already play in Southeast Wisconsin and now the American Association is coming to Milwaukee County is proof enough that there's a market in the Milwaukee area for lower levels, but still highly competitive baseball.  The Panthers don't draw partially because it's still practically winter in the northern states when the college baseball season begins, but mostly because the UWM athletic department is too unstable and incompetent to market anything.

Either way, I would imagine being able to offer the Miller Park experience at a significantly lower cost could easily satiate a niche we already know exists.

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Change at the AA level:

 

Chattanooga Lookouts become a Reds affiliate once again.

 

Pensacola will most likely link up with Minnesota. There's a chance the Padres end up there instead but all signs point to them going with a new team in Amarillo. 

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On 9/25/2018 at 3:35 PM, LMU said:

Then you have the Southern Cal/Santa Clara agreement where Santa Clara changed to SCU in exchange for a gift of a few dozen palm trees.

Fresno State doesn't colloquially go by "FSU" out that way, does it?

 

(Asking for a friend..........)

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The San Diego Padres have extended their player development contract with the Double-A Texas League franchise owned by Elmore Sports Group. Previously located in San Antonio, Texas, the team will operate in a new downtown Amarillo, Texas ballpark beginning next April. The Padres' PDC with the yet-to-be-named Amarillo club is set to run through the 2020 Texas League season. 

Amarillo and San Diego Sign Two-Year Affiliation Agreement

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On ‎9‎/‎18‎/‎2018 at 11:21 PM, oz615 said:

 

It still bug me to this day as to why Nashville is in the PCL as the only team East of the Mississippi River. i just wish it was an for Nashville (and Memphis) could be in the IL.

Memphis, TN is east of the Mississippi River (actually for all intents and purposes, it is on the Mississippi). 

In my opinion, when MLB does expand, and if two cities west of the Mississippi get PCL franchises, then the Memphis Redbirds and the Nashville Sounds should move to the IL.

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On 9/30/2018 at 1:36 AM, Bmac said:

Change at the AA level:

 

Chattanooga Lookouts become a Reds affiliate once again.

 

Pensacola will most likely link up with Minnesota. There's a chance the Padres end up there instead but all signs point to them going with a new team in Amarillo. 

Minnesota and Pensacola announced a deal today.

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On 4/21/2018 at 12:28 PM, Gary. said:

 

From what I’ve heard the Dbacks and Reno are re-upping for another 5 years

 

Yeah you’ll get the Reno market from the D Backs the same way you’ll get the guns from Charleston Heston’s hands, apparently. 

 

I think they like the the fact that they have their AAA affiliate in what is traditionally Giants and A’s territory and is also in the Rockies radio market (no idea why that is). 

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Problems looming in indy ball, as both the Traverse City Beach Bums and Normal Cornbelters have bailed on the Frontier League in the past week, heading toward collegiate wood bat leagues instead (Northwoods for TC, likely Prospect for Normal.) The Normal ownership specifically cited the desire to move to a business model where they do not have to pay their players.

 

The Frontier League now stands at 10 teams.

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Peoria wins the rubber match with B/N.

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Northwoods League Update - St Croix RiverHounds delay entry into league until 2020.
 

 

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Well, we all knew it was coming with the upcoming move and all, but I didn't think it would be this bad.

 

The Baby Cakes open the 2019 season TONIGHT, and I have not seen ONE WORD of advertising or anything about it,

 

NOT ONE.

 

No radio ads, no TV ads, no billboards, nada.  About the only thing out there is their Facebook page. Looks like franchise owner, Lou Schwechheimer, is cutting his advertising budget in preparation for the move to Wichita.  He's already made the money he's going to make with new name merch sales; next year or the year afterwards (they are contractually obligated to play here next season)  he gets to do it all over again. 

 

According to a statement made by GM Cookie Rojas at the last Louisiana Stadium and Exposition District board meeting, the Baby Cakes averaged about 3,500 actual attendance/5,000 paid attendance last year, which jibes with the 3,837 average figure put out by Baseball America.  This put them in 29th place put of 30 AAA teams in terms of attendance, ahead of the Gwinnett Stripers.  And as Baseball America pointed out:

 

"The biggest drop, however, belonged to the New Orleans Baby Cakes, who lost 97,269 overall and dropped their average attendance by 1,727 fans per game. This was despite losing (by rainout) four fewer games in 2018 than they did in 2017.  Using their average attendance of 3,827 from this year, those four rainouts cost New Orleans 15,308 fans, which still leaves a drop of roughly 82,000 fans for the season. Part of this is certainly attributable to the sheen wearing off of the Baby Cakes name, which is in its second year." 

 

Also, it's not looking good for a quick turnaround for baseball at the AA level.  There had been talk of moving a Southern League AA franchise to take the place of the Baby Cakes.  But in February, the president of the AA Southern League said New Orleans is outside of the league's "footprint",  (even though franchises currently exist in Jackson, Biloxi, Mobile, and Pensacola).  Members of the Louisiana Stadium and Exposition District said that the commission had spoken to NOLA Gold rugby and several soccer minor leagues about locating a team at Zephyr Field. 

 

 

 

 

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That's a very odd statement by the Southern League president about New Orleans being outside the league footprint. Something else must be going on that they just don't want to say or they just don't want to relocate an existing Southern League team. 

 

Also the San Antonio Missions make their AAA PCL debut tomorrow. 

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