Sending Office: Honorable Lori Trahan
We invite you to join us as a co-sponsor of our bipartisan resolution expressing the sense of Congress that Major League Baseball (MLB) should maintain the current minor league structure rather than proceed with its plan to eliminate 42 minor league clubs.
Our goal is to ensure a level playing field in the negotiations between MLB and Minor League Baseball (MiLB) so that they yield a fair resolution and protect minor league baseball in communities across the country.
Minor league teams are integral parts of their communities, promote loyalty to their major league franchises, and foster the talent MLB relies upon for its own ticket sales. In small, rural communities they are often the only affordable opportunity families
have available to access professional sports. However, it has been widely reported that MLB has proposed to end the franchise affiliations of 25 percent of Minor League Baseball’s (MiLB) 160 teams.
On November 19, 2019, more than 100 members of Congress joined together on a
letter to MLB expressing our unified opposition to the MLB plan. Our resolution is a further demonstration that minor league clubs – and the communities for which they play – are not without support in Congress. Furthermore, it reflects Congress’s legitimate
interest in ensuring fair negotiations between MLB and MiLB.
The MLB plan was offered in spite of the fact that Minor League Baseball (MiLB) just completed its 15th consecutive season with an attendance above 40 million; and it was the ninth-largest single season total in MiLB’s 100-plus year history. Many
of the Minor League clubs would fail without a PDC—leaving as many as 1,200 players out of work. The plan is a betrayal of the fans, players, municipalities, stadium vendors and employees who have supported these clubs for decades.
To be a co-sponsor, please complete the form (https://forms.gle/TfsUq8By1jp3NuDJA) or contact Ron Carlton in Rep. Trahan’s office (email@example.com)
or Mike Hamilton in Rep. McKinley’s office (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Lori Trahan, David McKinley, Max Rose, Mike Simpson
Original co-sponsors (co-leads bolded): Axne, Bacon, Banks, Barr, Bishop,
Bishop, Blunt Rochester, Bonamici, Brindisi, Brown, Budd, Burchett, Bustos, Cisneros,
Cline, Comer, Costa, Courtney, Cunningham, DeFazio, Escobar, Finkenauer,
Fitzpatrick, Fleischmann, Fudge, Gianforte, Griffith, Grijalva, Guthrie,
Haaland, Higgins, Himes, Horsford, Johnson, Joyce, Kaptur, Katko,
Keating, Keller, Kelly, Kennedy, Khanna, Kirkpatrick, LaHood, Lamborn,
Larsen, Loebsack, Luria, Lynch, Matsui, McCollum, McGovern, McKinley,
McNerney, Meng, Miller, Moolenaar, Morelle, Moulton,
Newhouse, Pocan, Price, Raskin, Riggleman, Roe, Rogers,
Rose, Ryan, Schrader, Serrano, Simpson, Slotkin, Thompson, Tipton,
Tonko, Trahan, Trone, Turner, Underwood, Wasserman Schultz, Welch, Wittman, Yarmuth
Supporting Minor League Baseball, and for other purposes.
Whereas 40 million plus fans have attended Minor League Baseball games each season for 15 consecutive years;
Whereas Minor League Baseball provides wholesome affordable entertainment in 160 communities throughout the country;
Whereas, in 2018, Minor League Baseball clubs donated over $45 million in cash and in-kind gifts to their local communities and completed over 15,000 volunteer hours;
Whereas the economic stimulus and development provided by Minor League Baseball clubs extends beyond the cities and towns where it is played, to wide and diverse geographic
areas comprising 80 percent of the population in the Nation;
Whereas Minor League Baseball is committed to promoting diversity and inclusion through its Copa de la Diversio´n, MiLB Pride, FIELD Program, and Women in Baseball Leadership initiatives;
Whereas Minor League Baseball is the first touchpoint of the national pastime for millions of youth and the only touchpoint for those located in communities far from Major League cities;
Whereas Congress has enacted numerous statutory exemptions and immunities to preserve and sustain a system for Minor League Baseball and its relationship with Major League Baseball;
Whereas abandonment of 42 Minor League Baseball clubs by Major League Baseball would devastate communities, bond purchasers, and other stakeholders that rely on the economic stimulus these clubs provide;
Whereas Minor League Baseball clubs enrich the lives of millions of Americans each year through special economic, social, cultural, and charitable contributions; and
Whereas preservation of Minor League Baseball in 160 communities is in the public interest, as it will continue to provide affordable, family friendly entertainment to those communities:
Now, therefore, be it Resolved,
That the House of Representatives—
(1) supports the preservation of Minor League Baseball in 160 American communities;
(2) recognizes the unique social, economic, and historic contributions that Minor League Baseball has made to American life and culture; and
(3) encourages continuation of the 117-year foundation of the Minor Leagues in 160 communities through continued affiliations with Major League Baseball.
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