The Prospect League, the Summer Collegiate Wood Bat circuit, is now looking eastward in its endeavor to grow the league and its brand. With eleven current cities readying for Opening Day 2018 on May 30th, the league has already added the Cape Girardeau (Mo.) Catfish for the 2019 season, with several other markets currently in talks and discussions for the 2019 season and beyond. With the majority of the current teams in Missouri (Hannibal, Cape Girardeau), Illinois (Quincy, Springfield and Danville) and Indiana (Kokomo, Lafayette and Terre Haute) , the league is seeking interested cities, municipalities and markets that may have an interest in becoming a part of a growth league and model in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The league now has Ohio franchises in Springfield and Chillicothe, Butler in Pennsylvania and Beckley, West Virginia.
"With the upward direction our league is taking and very rapidly moving forward, we are looking for the right fit of other cities and areas either within our current footprint, on our perimeter or near it," Commissioner Dennis Bastien remarked. "With the launch of our new television network, PLTV, and several new corporate partners, now is the time to develop new franchises in areas that the league needs to balance with our western and southern clubs. We're hoping that possibilities present themselves to our eastern region. As we develop these potential areas, we will also be seeking qualified franchise owner groups or individuals that see the tremendous upside and growth of the Prospect League. The summer collegiate model is truly an exciting and profitable venture, not to mention the economic impact, quality of life and community recognition nationwide that makes it a major added plus to any economy and region," said Bastien.
Butler (Pa.) BlueSox President Larry Sassone added "Wow, it is hard to believe this is our 10th season and a proud Charter Member (2009) of the Prospect League. Witnessing first-hand the growth of summer collegiate baseball in the USA over the past ten years and the evolution of the BlueSox franchise has exceeded all of my expectations. With Commissioner Bastien at the helm, he brings a wealth of baseball know-how to our league. The Prospect League horizon looks exceptionally bright."
Any municipality, county, city or region that may have an interest in becoming a part of the successful Prospect League, as well as any person or group interested in an ownership or investment capacity should contact Prospect League Commissioner Dennis Bastien at email@example.com
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