The Wichita Wranglers have a snowball's chance in Wichita of existing next season. Springdale Arkansas has approved funding for a new stadium. The team owners (Mork and Mindy Rich) are "on vacation" at a posh resort with their craniums crammed in the beach.
The sports broadcasters and writers in Wichita have covered all the points:
- Attendance is down
- The Wranglers are a AA affiliate for a Major League team that wouldn't beat most AAA teams
- WSU has a better stadium, team, program, bigger fan base, and a coach who can't find somewhere else to go
- Wichita can't keep professional sports teams
Frankly, I don't care about the Wranglers. If they can find a better deal somewhere else, they should take it. And, as a tax paying resident of Wichita and Sedgwick County, I don't think the interested municipalities should extend considerations to keep the team here.
There will be a team playing in Lawrence Dumont when the Wranglers leave (independent leagues I'm looking at you). And the ticket-buying public won't care if the baseball on the field seems to be of "lesser" quality. An IL team will work harder to get people in the stands and have an entertaining product on the field.
I'm more concerned with National Baseball Congress Tournament. The NBC tourney is baseball in the purest form and needs to be kept in Wichita.