Send a letter to your representatives urging them to support The Minor League Baseball Relief Act.
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The Honorable Lori Trahan,
My name is John Doe and I live in (Your City, State). As a constituent, I am writing to express my support for S. 2233/H.R. 4150, the Minor League Baseball Relief Act, bipartisan legislation sponsored by Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), and Mark Warner (D-VA) and Reps. Doris Matsui (D-CA) and David McKinley (R-WV) to repurpose already-appropriated funds to allow the (Your Local Team) and other Minor League Clubs to immediately return to full staffing levels and safeguard vital jobs in our community.
MiLB Clubs were not just slowed down, but completely shut down by the pandemic. MiLB lost its entire 2020 season, and minor league teams went more than 20 months without hosting a single game, leaving teams such as the (Your Local Team) with long-term losses that will significantly harm constituents such as myself and their families.
Minor League Baseball is the most affordable and family-friendly professional sport in our area and in many communities across the nation. In 2019, the average price for a family of four to park, enjoy a game, and eat a full meal was only $69. Teams such as the (Your Local Team) also employ, on average, more than 250 people each summer, including many young people who might otherwise go elsewhere.
Minor league teams also play a critical role for local businesses in my community, as many nearby businesses are built around ballpark traffic, and MiLB Clubs are key customers of local suppliers and vendors. This is especially true for local hotels, gas stations, restaurants, and bars, all of which thrive during baseball season. They are also vital and large donors to local charities and non-profits in our community. Perhaps most important, teams provide a great opportunity for families, friends and neighbors all across our community to come together as one to cheer on our (Your Local Team) to victory.
While MiLB Clubs have resumed play, they will continue to lose money throughout 2021 and remain at severe financial risk in the absence of action from Congress. As my representative, I ask you to support S. 2233/H.R. 4150 and protect this vital pastime for families across the nation.
Thank you for your time.
(Your City, State)
With the delayed start of the 2021 season, Clubs expect to generate only 35% of new revenue of a normal season, limiting the ability to hire and spend locally. MiLB Clubs are playing twenty fewer games in 2021, and the games being played are done so with government-mandated reduced capacities. Further, Clubs have significant added costs of making ballparks COVID safe and operating while the pandemic is still a risk.
While Congress has provided interim relief through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), the program was never designed to replace the loss of a full-year’s revenue and additional, targeted support is needed to prevent many clubs from permanently going out of business. Congress has previously provided targeted support for industries disproportionately affected by COVID-19 in the emergency COVID-19 relief packages, and a similar approach is needed to save Minor League Baseball.
The legislation would repurpose already-appropriated COVID-19 relief funding for an emergency grant program to provide eligible clubs grants and assist with payroll costs, regular business expenses, and worker protection expenditures, among other things.
Only small businesses, independently owned and operated (Affiliated or otherwise) teams are eligible.
By using the form above to send a letter to your Members of Congress, you can advocate for your local Club and safeguard this vital pastime for your family and other families across the nation.
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