Ok - (Tom in particular)lets talk MAJOR league baseball first.
MLB is set to expand by two teams. Ranking very VERY high on the potential locations is North Carolina for a MLB location. Why? Well growth for one thing - but NC love it's baseball. We are the 3rd largest MINOR league market after CA and NY I believe with 10 teams here.
We love baseball but where would MLB put a team? My guesses? Triangle - Triad.
If its the Triad we possibly lose a minor league team or two in that area. Perhaps the new Charlotte stadium goes empty? Think about Gwinnett County here folks. Or perhaps the Greensboro team goes kaput - or heaven forbid - the Dash.
Less damage would be caused by the Triangle location. We might lose the team in Zebullon or perhaps the Durham Bulls would be hurt but they could MOVE.
So where? If MLB knows it will hurt a MiLB team don't you think some consideration might be given to assist that MiLB team(and its parent MLB club?).
My prime 2 locations for a stadium and team in THIS scenario are Fayetteville and Wilmington. In this case Wilmington is a better location because it's further away from the Triangle area and it would be less affected by a MLB team there.
It also provides that new MLB team with a potential location for? A minor league team of it's own - just down I-40 !!!
If I were in Mandalay's shoes right now I'd KEEP the MOU active and talk to Bud Selig (Baseball Commish)about the planned expansion. Heck I'd try to extend the MOU !!!
Mandalay does not manage teams exclusively for Atlanta - they "play the field".
I've said it before and I will say it again - WE are in the driver's seat and there will be MiLB ball here at some point in the near future.....and if a MiLB team is too close the the MLB ball park my guess is that Selig will come up with "assistance" to help that MiLB team relocate........
Stranger things have happened folks.......
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