The lights are on at stadiums for Minor League Baseball clubs like the Jersey Shore Blueclaws and Somerset Patriots, but the pandemic hasn’t made it easy to stay in the game. The 2020 season was canceled because of COVID-19 restrictions; revenues plummeted for local clubs. Combine that with the delayed start of the 2021 season — with restrictions in place — and it becomes clear why the league is looking for help. According to Minor League Baseball, “clubs expect to generate only 35% of new revenue of a normal season.”
The Minor League Baseball Recovery Act would allocate $550 million, already approved by Congress for COVID-19 relief but not used, toward a grant program for eligible clubs. In December, more than 100 House members, on both sides of the aisle, signed a letter in support. Now, the legislation is awaiting a vote.