Seventh Inning Questions

I’ve been thinking a lot about the business of minor league ball. A few questions: How much would a local business pay for the naming rights to a new stadium? What businesses might be likely candidates? Does paying for parking illicit some emotional reaction from consumers and turn them off, and would the Diamond get better turnout if parking was free?Paul Woody had an interesting column in Wednesday’s paper, wondering why Minor League Baseball seems to have final say over how or when Richmond gets another team.

Baseball is a business, but it is not like any other business. There is no Grocery Store League that determines where chains can put stores. Grocery stores open and close based on their ability to handle the competition.

Baseball people love to talk about the competition on the field. The competition off the field is another matter.

Leaving the power of Minor League Baseball aside, I’ve been thinking a lot about the business of minor league ball. A few questions:
How much would a local business pay for the naming rights to a new stadium?
What businesses might be likely candidates?

Does paying for parking illicit some emotional reaction from consumers and turn them off, and would the Diamond get better turnout if parking was free?

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