The first take away for the night for me was running down the rule I knew existed (but didn’t have bookmarked) between major and minor league baseball on how teams on the various levels are located. This is the rule that I repeat to folks like Rob Richards when they go on about building a waterfront minor league baseball stadium.
Short of it is, as long as Tacoma has a minor league baseball team, we won’t.
Please consult your most recent version of the Professional Baseball Agreement. While this document is also the heart of darkness that is Organized Baseball and the great horrible monopoly that it is, it also includes Rule 52 “Major and Minor League Territorial Rights.”
Please flip to page 151 of the pdf file (or page 130 of the paginated document). Rule 52 states that every club is given a territory of their own, in which certain rules apply to teams that want to operate inside those territories.
Basically, the rules are:
- A major league team can enter a minor league’s team territory for a price.
- A minor league team can be inside a major league team’s territory with consent or by being grandfathered in (and paid off, see Rule #1).
- But, a minor league team holds a veto for any other minor league franchise wanting to locate inside their territory.