Chattanooga Lookouts Make Preliminary List of MILB Teams to be Contracted

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Major league baseball is looking to save money by possibly cutting ties with several minor league teams, including the Chattanooga Lookouts according to one media report.

The New York Times says one proposal has roughly 40 minor league teams on the chopping block, including the Lookouts. The current contract between the majors and minor league teams runs out after the 2020 season, so Lookouts owner Jason Freier knows there’s still plenty of negotiations ahead.

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Said Freier:”It is our hope that this is as preliminary as we have been led to believe it is, and that once people step back and take a broader look at it, everyone is going to realize that depriving markets of professional baseball is just not a good idea and one that doesn’t benefit anyone. Even if somehow or another, major league baseball against everyone’s better judgement, forced a contraction of a quarter of the teams down to 120 teams, we still think that again, in any sensible world, Chattanooga is still within that 120 that get to keep baseball.”

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Rick Nyman grew up in Anniston, Alabama and attended the University of Alabama. His television career started at WJSU-TV in Anniston where he had the opportunity to cover SEC football with Alabama and Auburn. Anniston is just 20 minutes from the Talladega Speedway, so NASCAR was a big part of his sports coverage. Due to this he was able to interview Davey Allison, Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon, and several other top-name NASCAR drivers. Rick's next television job was in Savannah, Georgia, where he covered basketball player Kwame Brown (now with the Washington Wizards), who later became the first ever high school player selected as the top pick in the NBA draft. He covered the PGA Tour's annual swing thru Hilton Head and also had the opportunity of covering the Atlanta Falcons Super Bowl appearance in 1999 in Miami. Rick especially enjoys all the atmosphere, tradition and drama of college football. He also likes profiling sports personalities and learning what drives them both on and off the field. If he's not covering sports, he's either watching Seinfield or David Letterman, playing golf, reading, or working out. What he enjoys about Chattanooga is the passion people have for sports. The mountainous region of Chattanooga reminds him of his hometown of Anniston, which also has big, beautiful trees and plenty of hills. You can contact Rick at rnyman@wdef.com.