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DOWN ON THE FARM: MAJOR HAPPENINGS IN THE MINOR LEAGUES
Published June 1, 1995
It will be "some time" yet before the AAA Edmonton Trappers' new ball park has a name, according to Robin Brownlee of the EDMONTON JOURNAL. Reg Berry of Pocklington Sports Marketing, on the sale of naming rights to the park: "We have absolutely nothing now. ... The proposals are out and we're waiting to hear if we can advance to the next step with anybody." Brownlee reports the Trappers are looking for a possible 10-year deal at $250,000 per year, although those are "unconfirmed figures." According to Ford spokesperson Jim Hartford, that company is contemplating an offer but has made no decision (EDMONTON JOURNAL, 5/27). MORE NAMING RIGHTS NEWS: The City of Buffalo is sending out requests for proposals for the naming rights to the downtown stadium (formerly known as Pilot Field). The minimum bid request is $300,000. The city is working in conjunction with the AAA Bisons to offer a benefits package that has an estimated value of $600,000. Highlights: signage inside and outside and various p.r. oportunities such as on-air game announcements and a 30- second radio spot on each broadcast (Bisons). According to Steve Banko, aide to Buffalo Mayor Anthony Masiello, the city "has been very encouraged by the interest" in the stadium. Companies reportedly interested: Molson Distributors, USA, and local companies, Pratton & Lambert Paint, Key Bank of New York, M & T Bank, Tops Markets, and Channel 7 (THE DAILY). NO CLOWNING AROUND: In keeping with their celebration of their Sunset Season (a look back at the 65-year history of baseball at Bush Stadium), the AAA Indianapolis Indians will wear replica uniforms of the 1954 Negro League Indianapolis Clowns during their June 4 game against the Bisons. The game will serve as a fundraiser for the Crispus Attucks Museum. Also, the first 2,500 fans at the game will recieve an Indianapolis Clowns replica cap, courtesy of Pepsi and other area companies (Indians).