In what is being called an attempt to level the playing field, the Ohio General Assembly passed a measure extending tax breaks to municipally owned ballparks housing independent-league baseball teams, a tax break already in place for ballparks where affiliated teams are the tenant.
The bill, which has been signed by Gov. John Kasich, is hailed by lawmakers as a way to bring more independent baseball to the state. The prime beneficiary of the legislation is the city of Avon, where the city leases All Pro Freight Stadium to the Lake Erie Crushers (independent; Frontier League). There are no plans for more Ohio indy ballparks at this time.
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