Well-Seasoned Wilson Launches Great West League

Great West League Secondary LogoPRESS RELEASE – The Great West League (GWL) is joining the ranks of the top summer collegiate wood bat baseball leagues. The league, featuring teams in California and Oregon, will begin play in 2016.

The league has named Ken Wilson as president. Wilson has owned and operated minor league franchises, while focusing on building and renovating ball parks.

Great West League Logo“We have some tremendous markets and fabulous owners that we’ll be introducing over the coming weeks and months,” said Wilson, who spent five years as president of the West Coast League. The long-time major league broadcaster added, “We’re thrilled to be moving into markets that are currently underserved.”

Each GWL team will provide fans with a full spectrum of entertainment, while providing top college players an experience that will prepare them for careers in professional baseball. Teams will be professionally-operated, just like minor league teams. GWL teams will provide corporate sponsorship opportunities, while selling tickets to games and offering major league quality food and beverage.

“Our emphasis will be on professionalism in every aspect of our operations,” noted Wilson, “while making Great West League baseball an inexpensive and fun experience for our fans.”

The Great West League, which will play a 60-game schedule, introduced its web site at http://www.greatwestleague.com.

The league branding was produced by Mark Scott Carroll of Prolific Sport Design in St. Louis, Missouri.

The Great West League is one of the premier summer collegiate wood bat leagues in North America, providing a professional, minor league-like atmosphere for top college players seeking professional baseball careers, while providing affordable family entertainment and enriching the quality of life in its member communities.

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8 responses to “Well-Seasoned Wilson Launches Great West League

  1. Mike

    Potential Markets in Cali (in my opinion): Humboldt, Redding, Chico, Marysville

  2. Jason

    I would love to see a college summer league where owners build their own ballparks and place a team in them for play during the summer months. Heck, even have some of the ballparks within a reasonable distance of 30-40 miles to keep costs down on travel. It might be radical thinking on my part, but what the heck!

    • The Prophet

      That’s asking a lot. If someone has $10,000,000 to $20,000,000 available I’d think they’d rather buy a pro team than build or purchase a stadium for a collegiate team. It can be done, but building/owning a stadium and running a summer collegiate team normally aren’t done by the same person or group.

      • ballparkbiz

        Not sure where the $10M to $20M figure is coming from. There is no need to spend that kind of money for a summer collegiate park. $3.5M would be plenty, and you could do it for a lot less, particularly if you already had an existing field to build up like LaCrosse (WI) did a decade ago. 1,000-1,500 seats (supplemented with party decks, patios, grass berms, and/or other group areas), lights, restrooms, concessions, and you have the basics you need.


      • The Prophet

        OK, fair enough. My point is, regardless whether it’s $3.5 million or $20 million, most folks looking to operate a summer collegiate team probably aren’t wanting to own the stadium as well. I’m sure there are exceptions, but to expect an entire (or the majority of a) league to be made up of these kinds of operations probably isn’t going to happen. I could be wrong, but let’s see how things roll out here.

  3. Mark

    Is there any news of potential markets yet?

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