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Start-Up NCBL Survives Season on Back of Cheeseburger Cheeseburger Founder

North Country Baseball LeagueRising from the ashes of the failed start-up East Coast Baseball League, the first-year North Country Baseball League managed to finish the 2015 regular season with playoffs starting Wednesday.  Watch news report here.  As we said, it would take subsidy from Cheeseburger Cheeseburger founder Bruce Zicari for the circuit to survive.  Read about the NCBL season saga here.  Thanks to John Cerone for the second link.

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Ozarks Pro Baseball Pulls Plug on Season

Ozarks Pro BaseballOzarks Pro Baseball, an independent league organizers hoped would become a mainstay in the Springfield (MO) area, suspended operations and told players to go home this week.  See Facebook posting here.  The league had been holding games at sites in Arkansas and in West Plains as negotiations apparently continued with the owner of Price Cutter Park.  Read more here.

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Ranking the Price of Beer at MLB Parks

Major League Baseball LogoBased on data from the Team Marketing Report, the folks at VinePair.com have released an infographic of the price of the cheapest beer at every Major League Baseball stadium, including total cost and by ounce.  Read more and view infographic here.

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Time, Patience Run Out on Colts

San Angelo Colts LogoThe Bankruptcy Court of the Northern District of Texas in Dallas has put the final nail into the coffin of the San Angelo Colts (Indy Pro, United League Baseball).  In a recent ruling, the court ordered the ownership’s Chapter 11 reorganization proceedings be dismissed.  The next step is liquidation of its assets under the guidance of the court.  Read more here.

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Amarillo Newspaper Expresses Support for Downtown Ballpark/MPEV Plan

Amarillo ThunderHeads Hi-ResOn the heels of a presentation Monday by Downtown Amarillo Inc. Chairman John Lutz outlining the details of a downtown development plan, the Amarillo Globe-News has come out in favor of the proposed multipurpose event center (MPEV) and takes issue with anyone referring to it as simply a ballpark.  Read more here.

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Suns Make Final Ballpark Offer

Hagerstown Suns LogoIn what he called his final offer, Hagerstown Suns (Single-A, South Atlantic League) owner Bruce Quinn is now proposing to pay $2 million in up-front costs but more in rent and shared revenue if Spotsylvania County (VA) will build a $30 million, 5,000-seat stadium for his minor-league baseball team.  The Board of Supervisors will likely vote on whether to accept the new proposal on Tuesday.  Read more here.

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Spotsylvania County Takes Next Ballpark Steps

Hagerstown Suns LogoA Spotsylvania County (VA) committee on Tuesday voted 7-2 to press ahead with a deal for a publicly financed minor league baseball stadium for the Hagerstown Suns (Single-A, South Atlantic League).  The Board of Supervisors and the Economic Development Authority — which would own the stadium — will have the final say over the proposal.  Read more here.

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