01/18/2005: I'm still behind the power curve...
but this news shouldn't surprise anyone: Major League Baseball has come to a 10 year agreement with the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues (NAPBL) concerning certain matters of joint concern.
"National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues? What the hell is that?", I hear you ask. Relax, you know them better as Minor League Baseball. In other words, the farm system is going to remain pretty much as it has been for the next ten years, with the big league clubs using player development contracts to support at least 160 minor league teams. In addition to that, MLB and Minor League Baseball have agreed to some joint marketing initiatives, both MLB and Minor League Baseball agreed to the provision of minor league content to be broadcast on an baseball-only television channel currently under development by MLB, and Minor League Baseball delegated the appointment of the Minor League Official Statistician to the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball (who, in his infinite wisdom and mercy, designated Major League Baseball Advanced Media (MLBAM) to serve in that capacity). In a related agreement, MLBAM and MLB.com (MLB's web presence) have agreed to provide web hosting and e-commerce support for NAPBL, all of the baseball leagues making up Minor League Baseball, and those Minor League teams which elect to use MLBAM's services to manage their own websites.
Len on 01.18.05 @ 08:22 AM CST