Minor League Baseball Teams Considering Alternative Ways To Make Money

Chris Fox
May 29, 2020 - 5:38 am

    AUSTIN (1080 KRLD) - Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s executive order allowing professional sports teams to reopen on May 31st isn’t necessarily good news for all pro sports teams in Texas.

    Minor league baseball teams, like the Round Rock Express (AAA-Affiliate of the Houston Astros), are still waiting to see if they’ll play at all in 2020. Their fate will be decided as Major League Baseball figures out the most cost effective ways to reopen.

    Instead of just waiting to see what happens, the Round Rock Express is working on developing new revenue streams to help survive, including listing Dell Diamond as an Air BNB.

    Team President Chris Almendarez says he got the Air BNB idea from the Pensacola Blue Wahoos. “That would create some buzz and if we can utilize our stadium 24 hours a day on just certain things, I think we've got to look at anything.” Almendarez says they could hit on the field at night, use the batting cages and even swim in their pool.

    Almendarez says they’re also taking advantage of another of Governor Abbott’s executive orders. “Every year we run summer baseball camps, with the Governor's orders opening up camps for kids, we've actually doubled the number that we typically do and we're going to go every week until we find something on the baseball side.”

    As for playing baseball again, Almendarez says his best hope is that they could start in mid-July and play through September.

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