Expanding Atlantic League And New Independent League

The Press of Atlantic City is reporting Atlantic League President Frank Boulton is looking into the possibility of starting a new independent league with smaller teams, and a level equivalent to A-ball.

This league would most likely have smaller parks with less overhead costs to maximize return. While I think marketing plays a huge roll of success in a business or team. I think location is a just as important. Here are some suggestions of places I think that would fit well in a league like that.

Saratoga, NY - Saratoga is booming with business! Global Foundries a computer chip manufacturing company has come in and brought jobs to the area. They've increased the population of the area, and the overall development. As more companies come into the area because of Global Foundries the population and development will only increase. From July to September it also has an increase in tourists do to horse racing season,

The closest team to Saratoga is the Tri-City Valley Cats located in Troy, NY about 40 minutes away. The Valley Cats play a short season schedule of 76 games. This year they had a record attendance of 159,966.

Williston, VT - Located about about 10 minutes outside of Burlington, VT, Williston continues to be the center of urban sprawl around Vermont. Developers continue to try and put more stores and industrial companies in the area but have encountered push back from citizens concerned with ruining the image of Vermont.

A new ballpark would add a breath of fresh air to the area which has only a single-A team the Vermont Lake Monsters that plays in one of the oldest minor league ballparks in the country. Last season the Lake Monsters drew 2,500 fans per game. The Lake Monsters currently have a player development contract with the Oakland A's through 2013.

What are you thoughts on this? You can tweet me @corey42080.

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