FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Fort Wayne TinCaps is asking for your help, as the team is working to recover from last year’s lost season.
The Minor League Baseball Relief Act was recently introduced in the U.S. House and Senate. This would make already approved COVID aids available to these teams. The funds will be similar to those offered to other entertainment venues, such as concert halls and theaters.
According to TinCaps president Mike Nutter, the team lost more than 90% of its revenue last year. He says the industry as a whole, at least 2/3 of smaller league teams each took more than $ 1 million in debt to make ends meet.
Nutter sent a letter to the fans, which is posted below.
|Dear TinCaps fans,
Fort Wayne TinCaps needs your support for the recently introduced Minor League Baseball Relief Act (S. 2233 / HR 4150) in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.
As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic hit Fort Wayne TinCaps, and other Minor League Baseball teams, harder than just about any industry in our country. Minor League Baseball lost the entire 2020 season, plays a limited schedule in 2021 (20 fewer games) and played the first 40% of the 2021 season under strict capacity constraints.
Fortunately, the bilateral Minor League Baseball Relief Act will make available already allocated emergency supplies available to provide critical emergency assistance to TinCaps and other Minor League Baseball teams. The relief for Minor League Baseball teams would be almost identical to that already offered to other closed entertainment venues (such as concert halls, theaters and comedy clubs).
The help we ask for takes less than a minute. Feel free to visit minorleaguebaseballrelief.com and fill out the form showing your support for TinCaps. Upon completion, a letter will automatically be sent on your behalf to our local Congressman Jim Banks and U.S. Senators from Indiana, Todd Young and Mike Braun, asking them to support TinCaps and this much needed legislation.
We cannot thank you enough for your support of TinCaps. We know that your support now, more than ever, will help TinCaps come back stronger and better than ever when we emerge from the significant impact of Covid-19.