The Press of Atlantic City is reporting Atlantic League President Frank Boulton is looking into the possibility of starting a new independent league with smaller teams, and a level equivalent to A-ball.

This league would most likely have smaller parks with less overhead costs to maximize return. While I think marketing plays a huge roll of success in a business or team. I think location is a just as important. Here are some suggestions of places I think that would fit well in a league like that.

Saratoga, NY - Saratoga is booming with business! Global Foundries a computer chip manufacturing company has come in and brought jobs to the area. They've increased the population of the area, and the overall development. As more companies come into the area because of Global Foundries the population and development will only increase. From July to September it also has an increase in tourists do to horse racing season,

The closest team to Saratoga is the Tri-City Valley Cats located in Troy, NY about 40 minutes away. The Valley Cats play a short season schedule of 76 games. This year they had a record attendance of 159,966.

Williston, VT - Located about about 10 minutes outside of Burlington, VT, Williston continues to be the center of urban sprawl around Vermont. Developers continue to try and put more stores and industrial companies in the area but have encountered push back from citizens concerned with ruining the image of Vermont.

A new ballpark would add a breath of fresh air to the area which has only a single-A team the Vermont Lake Monsters that plays in one of the oldest minor league ballparks in the country. Last season the Lake Monsters drew 2,500 fans per game. The Lake Monsters currently have a player development contract with the Oakland A's through 2013.

What are you thoughts on this? You can tweet me @corey42080.
Here's a new segment to my blog for the fall and winter called "7 Questions."

Our first "7 Questions" is with Stanley Cup winning goalie Bill Ranford

CM: What is your fondest memory playing hockey?
BR: Winning the Stanley Cup and World Championships

CM: Who was your favorite player growing up?
BR: Ken Dryden

CM: How did you get into coaching (Ranford is currently the goalie coach for the Los Angeles Kings)?
BR: I started in the WHL, and was then offered the Kings job.

CM: What does it mean to you mentor a Conn Smythe winner (Jonathan Quick)?
BR: I am fortunate to have a good relationship with all my goalies. Having one of them win the Conn Smythe Trophy is special.

CM: What does it mean to you win "the cup" as a coach?
BR: It was tough to watch instead of playing, but it was fun to celebrate with the players and the city of Los Angeles. 

CM: What was it like doing the goalie stand-ins for the scenes in the movie "Miracle?"
BR: It was long hours but great for my daughters to see their dad in a Disney movie.

CM: What were the thoughts that went through your mind just before you won the Stanley Cup in 1990?
BR: Excitement and then relief that the long journey was over.

You can read all about Bill's great career by visiting his wikipedia page!

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