Originally Posted by westofyou
Reds haven't dealt with Columbus since they owned and sold it in the 30's. They prefer to squeeze the fans from elsewhere.
The Nationals tied up the Columbus franchise a few weeks ago.
That's what I was figuring. I know the Reds hadn't dealt with Columbus in particular for a long time, but with Yankees moving out, I figured that the Reds could make a run for the Columbus franchise in '08. I'm sure the Columbus people would rather have the Reds than the Nationals being that there are more Reds fans in Columbus than Nationals fans (I would sure hope so at least).
However, I see the merit in dominating another market. Furthermore, I also believe that if the big team starts playing well than having fans in Columbus won't be a problem. But having the AAA affiliate in Columbus would allow for the Reds to have another bond with the area. I do believe it is also good to have control of the Kentucky market though. I would sure hope that the Reds' business people did their homework and saw that the potential consumer base in KY would be better than the additional fans we could gain in moving to Columbus.