ATLANTIC LEAGUE APPROVES ADDING TEAMS Board of Directors Open to New Communities and Ownership Groups (July 30, 2020, Lancaster, Pa.) – Rick White, President of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball Clubs, Inc. (“ALPB”), today announced that the league is currently accepting applications for new members to its roster of professional baseball organizations. The announcement was made following a vote held at a special meeting of the ALPB Board of Directors. The Board expressed interest in acting as a prime landing spot for markets affected by Major League Baseball’s contraction plans and for new markets in their geographic footprint as well.
“For 23 years, the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball has welcomed over 42 million fans to our beautiful ballparks while providing a unique brand of affordable, family entertainment,” said Atlantic League Founder and Chair Frank Boulton. “With all that is going on in professional baseball, as well as the world in general, we look to be part of the long-term solution to the many challenges facing municipalities, owners, ballparks, and communities in our sport.”
The ALPB may accept anywhere from two to four new markets. The first such market approved and awarded a membership is located in the Gastonia, North Carolina, and is led by developer Brandon Bellamy. The newly constructed ballpark, part of the FUSE Gastonia District (www.fusegastonianc.com/background), is on schedule to be completed and ready for play in the 140-game 2021 Atlantic League Championship Season.
Parties that would like to indicate interest in becoming members of the Atlantic League are encouraged to contact Rick White at [email protected]
About the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB) With eight teams in the Mid-Atlantic and Texas, the ALPB is a leader in baseball innovation and a player gateway to Major League Baseball. Through its exclusive partnership with MLB, the Atlantic League tests Major League Baseball rules and equipment initiatives. The Atlantic League has sent more than 950 players to MLB organizations while drawing more than 42 million fans to its affordable, family-friendly ballparks throughout its 23-year history. For more information, please visit www.AtlanticLeague.com.
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