Originally Posted by The DARK
Are there any rules against silently operating a team like that? We could regularly promote players straight to Bakersfield from Billings and then demote them to Dayton, while simultaneously putting all of our coaching talent in Dayton.
Also, is there any chance that Bakersfield will fold on it's own? They may have a contract, but paying rent on a stadium and running a minor league team out with an attendance of 300 doesn't seem like any way to make a profit.
It is eye opening to look at the league attendance in the California League and see how poorly attended Bakersfield games were this year. They finished last in the league in attendance, a distant last I might add. The ninth place attendance in the league was High Desert with a total season attendance of 119,028 and an average per game attendance of 1725. Bakersfield had a total season attendance of 40,056. The average game attendance was 572...pathetic.
Kinston, N.C. lost their team in the Carolina League because attendance was so low year in and year out and the owners got tired of picking up the tab each year. They had a total season attendance of 112,181 this year and a per game average of 1780 which dwarfs the attendance numbers for Bakersfield. I don't know how Bakersfield does it.