THE BIG BUSINESS OF BUYING AND SELLING MINOR LEAGUE CLUBS
The financial benefits of owning a minor league baseball
franchise was examined by Roy Furchgott of the N.Y. TIMES,
who wrote, "team owners warn that would-be baseball moguls
should take a long look before stepping up to the plate."
St. Paul Saints Owner Mike Veeck: "It's possible to make
money, and it's also possible to lose a lot very quickly."
Furchgott wrote that "many team owners have done well on
their investment, not necessarily because of ticket sales but
because resale values have skyrocketed." Class A Northwest
League President Robert Richmond: "A team that cost $350,000
just 10 years ago costs $8 million today." Furchgott
reported that the price of a team not affiliated with MLB
"can run as low as $25,000," while AAA teams "have asking
prices of up to" $12M. But costs for owners will increase,
as the recent PBA between the NAPBL and MLB "shifts more
costs to the minors" next season, including paying for more
than 200 umpires, uniform costs, and half the cost of balls
and bats (Roy Furchgott, N.Y. TIMES, 10/26).