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Pioneer Baseball League Sells Naming Rights to TicketSmarter

Last year, the Pioneer Baseball League went from an MLB Affiliated League to an independent MLB Partner League.

The league, which serves as a developmental league with no players over the age of 25 or with more than three years experience, was looking for a way to increase their stability and long-term sustainability.

Their answer? Entering into a five-year naming rights agreement, the first of its kind for a professional baseball league in the United States.

Official Press Release:

First-Ever Pro Baseball League to Sell Naming Rights; TicketSmarter Acquires Secondary Ticketing Rights to PBL

Spokane, WA –

In a groundbreaking deal, the Pioneer Baseball League (independent, MLB Partner League) and TicketSmarter, a national ticket resale market, announced today an exclusive five-year naming rights agreement that will rebrand the league as “The Pioneer Baseball League presented by TicketSmarter.”

This is the first time in the United States that a professional baseball league has sold its naming right to a corporate partner.

“Last year when the Pioneer League was relaunched as an independent league, we were determined to solidify the league and to assure its long-term sustainability,” said PBL President Mike Shapiro. “Thanks to our great new partnership with TicketSmarter, we are now positioned to move forward to further enhance the great fan experiences and outstanding level of baseball we offer out fans around the Mountain West region and, for that matter, around the baseball universe.”

Among its many strategic partnerships, TicketSmarter is the official ticket resale partner of the Rose Bowl Stadium and the title sponsor of the TicketSmarter Birmingham Bowl with ESPN Events. TicketSmarter is committed to giving back to children’s charities, contributing $1 from every transaction to help charitable partners, including St. Jude Children’s Research hospital, V Foundation, Quarterbacking Children’s Health Foundation and Coach to Cure MD.

“We are so excited about this historic agreement with the Pioneer League,” commented TicketSmarter CEO Jeff Goodman. “This first-of-its-kind relationship underscores out commitment to creating cutting-edge partnerships and to offering safe and secure access for fans to buy and sell tickets. With this partnership, we’re providing a direct link between the league and its teams with their fans and communities.”

About the Pioneer Baseball League: Since 1939, the Pioneer League has operated in the Mountain West region. Beginning in 2021, the PBL became a Major League Baseball Professional Partner League with teams in Montana (Billings, Missoula and Great Falls), Idaho (Boise and Idaho Falls), Utah (Ogden) and Colorado (Grand Junction and Colorado Springs). The Northern Colorado Owlz, formerly the Orem Owlz, and the Glacier Range Ridge will join the league for the 2022 season. For more information go to www.pioneerleague.com.

About TicketSmarter: TicketSmarter is a proud member of the Digital Ally Companies (NASDAQ: DGLY). TicketSmarter helps customers from all walks of life experience the power and excitement of live events by giving back through children’s charities and creating helpful partnerships. One dollar from every transaction will help our charitable partners, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, V Foundation, Coach to Cure MD and the Quarterbacking Children’s Health Foundation.

TicketSmarter is the official ticket resale partner of Rose Bowl Stadium and the title sponsor of the TicketSmarter Birmingham Bowl with ESPN Events – for more information follow @Birmingham_Bowl on Twitter. Additionally, TicketSmarter is the official ticket resale partner of more than 40 minor league baseball clubs, 35 collegiate conferences including the Pac-12 Conference and Big Ten Conference, and 300-plus universities nationwide. Each purchase is covered by TicketSmarter’s 100% ticket guarantee.

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2021 Season Wrap-Up and a Look Ahead

Baseball season is over. The Atlanta Braves are the 2021 MLB World Series champions. 2022 schedules are starting to be released. And it’s time to officially wrap up the 2021 Independent baseball season.

2021 Season Champions:

MLB Partner Leagues

Atlantic League – Lexington Legends (Win in their first year in the league)
Atlantic League Official Press Release

American Association – Kansas City Monarchs (2nd championship in 4 years)
American Association Official Press Release 

Frontier League – Schaumburg Boomers (4th championship – the most in league history)
Frontier League Official Press Release

Pioneer League – Missoula Puddleheads (Win the first championship as a Partner league)
Pioneer League Official Press Release 

Other Independent Leagues

United Shore Pro Baseball League – Utica Unicorns (Win third straight championship)
USPBL Official Press Release 

Pecos League – Tucson Saguaros (Win back-to-back championships)
Tucson News Press Release 

Empire League – Saranac Lake Surge (First championship in franchise history)
Empire League Official Press Release 

Yinzer League – Killer B’s (win back-to-back championships – the only winners in the league’s two year existence in Washington, PA)

Southern Shores Pro League – S. Carolina Yankees (Inaugural season for the league)

2022 News

Atlantic League Adds a 10th Team

The Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB) announced it has added a 10th team for 2022. Referred to as the Kentucky team (KY), the club will be listed on the league’s official 24th Championship Series Season schedule.  

The club is owned by Lexington-based Stands LLC, which plans to announce a team name shortly. The club will play a full Atlantic League schedule while co-occupying the home of the defending ALPB Champion Lexington Legends. The two clubs will also play each other in select matchups. 

The Kentucky team will provide a 10th team and balanced schedule in the year in which a Staten Island club will join the eight existing Atlantic League clubs. A 10th city will join the league in 2023 when Hagerstown, Maryland, fields an Atlantic League club.

CLICK HERE to read more.

American Association Releases 2022 Schedule

The American Association of Professional Baseball has released the 2022 league schedule which includes the debut of a new member, division realignment, and a new playoff format. The American Association will play a 100-game season in 116 days. Opening Day is Friday, May 13 and the regular season will conclude on Monday, September 5 (Labor Day).

DOWNLOAD THE 2022 SCHEDULE HERE

The 2022 season will kick off with a full six-game slate on Friday, May 13 and will feature the first-ever game of the Lake Country DockHounds, who will face their cross-town rival Milwaukee Milkmen at the Milkmen’s home stadium in Franklin, Wisc. The DockHounds, based in Oconomowoc, Wisc., will open the newly-constructed Wisconsin Brewing Company Field on Friday, May 20 and host the Winnipeg Goldeyes.

CLICK HERE to read more.

Pioneer League Releases 2022 Schedule, Add Two Teams

The Pioneer Baseball League (“PBL”) today announced its schedule for the 2022 Championship Season. The PBL expands to 10 teams in 2022 with the return of the Northern Colorado Owlz (formerly Orem Owlz) and the addition of a new team in Flathead Valley, MT.

“We’re very excited to begin the 2022 season after the historic year we just completed,” said Pioneer League Commissioner Jim McCurdy. “By adding two new teams in two new ballparks, the league is poised to build on its promise to sensibly expand throughout the Mountain States region.

CLICK HERE to read more and view entire schedule.

Yinzer League off-season

The Black Sox/Yinzer League are continuing their usual off season training including tryouts and scout days in Florida. The Black Sox Pro Baseball League will once again be having a barnstorming tour playing spring training games in various indy leagues around the country before the 2022 Yinzer League starts.

CLICK HERE for more info on the Black Sox.