Where to “Play Ball!”? A Case of a Minor League Baseball Team’s Future

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Craig Hyatt Department of Sport Management, Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada

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Shannon Kerwin Department of Sport Management, Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada

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After 30 years as a minor league baseball team affiliated with various Major League Baseball (MLB) teams, the Campton Hills Crushers were left without a league to play in when MLB removed the affiliations of 42 former minor league farm teams in the winter of 2020-21. Team management believed that they had four options for playing baseball in the 2021 season, including joining a well-established independent professional minor league, joining a well-established amateur summer collegiate league, starting their own in-house independent professional minor league with all teams playing out of Crusher Stadium, or starting their own in-house amateur summer collegiate league with all teams playing out of Crusher Stadium. Participants are asked to recommend one of the four scenarios to team management, based on utilizing a decision-making model that incorporates a pro/con analysis.

Hyatt (craig.hyatt@brocku.ca) is corresponding author.

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