Regionalization of Affiliated Minor League Teams
Here I examine the economics of the locational choices present in affiliated minor league baseball. Major League Baseball’s antitrust exemption allows them to make and maintain beneficial affiliations with minor league baseball teams. Focus is sharpened on the importance of player development and affiliation decisions of Major League Baseball teams at the different levels of minor league baseball are assumed to be driven in part by proximity matters. Recent affiliation changes suggest that Major League Baseball teams may be pursuing an affiliation strategy expected to minimize player development costs that come from travel costs induced by minor league affiliations.
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