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Save the Chukars: Lawmaker making a new push to keep the team


IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - A new effort to save the Idaho Falls Chukars and minor league baseball teams across the country is coming from Idaho.

Congressman Mike Simpson's office announced Wednesday, December 4, that he is part of a bipartisan group that has formed the "Save Minor League Baseball" task force.

Its mission is to advocate on behalf of communities who stand to be most harmed by Major League Baseball's plan to eliminate 42 minor league teams.

The Idaho Falls Chukars are one of those teams targeted for elimination.

They will closely follow the negotiations between MLB and Minor League Baseball and discuss potential legislative action if they feel it is necessary.

In a statement, Simpson says depriving communities of baseball would harm local economies who depend on it.

He also added, he wants to ensure baseball stays vibrant in communities like Idaho Falls and Boise.

The Idaho Falls Chukars released a statement on Wednesday on the situation.

General Manager Kevin Greene wrote, "We are going to resist this plan and are gratified that so many in Congress are willing to join with us."

The Major League Baseball Winter Meetings are next week in San Diego.

This topic will be very much at the forefront of the discussions.

Whether an agreement is reached or not, the Idaho Falls Chukars will be playing in the Pioneer League this coming season.

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Michael Collett

Michael Collett

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Dylan Carder

Dylan Carder

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  1. Why is Simpson wasting time on this? This is a business decision by an entertainment company, MLB, to make their business more profitable. It’s akin to making a law to keep a TV show, targeted for cancellation by a network, on the air by legislative fiat. Simpson has nothing better to do?

    1. The elimination of the Chukars and the Pioneer League as well as the other 34 Minor League franchises will have a significant negative effect on the local economy.
      It’s not the same as cancellation of a TV show,.
      Perhaps jksgvb should get away from the TV set and get out a bit more. It may help his negativism.
      Mike Simpson is doing a great job as our representative and I’m glad to see his action on this issue. Makes one proud to live in Idaho. Go Chukars!

      1. HJ, agree! My kids and older grandkids remember me taking them to Chukars games when they were little. Now, for the kids and younger grandkids it’s the Chihuahuas in El Paso.

    2. Simpson, unlike our other useless
      lackeys in Congress IS actually “doing something”. His Ag labor modernization legislation along with his standing up for a community (IF and surrounding area) that stands to be adversely affected by this poor decision just like ANY politician would when any industry makes a decision that will adversely affect his constituents are EXACTLY the type of things one would expect from a representative.

  2. It is not the duty of a government official to get involved with business decisions. When they get involved it can cause many unintended consequences.

    Want them to get involved and require car dealerships in all cities? Movie theaters, so why stop at sports’ teams. There are many businesses that are not in IF that could create jobs….how about a car plant, truck plant, I could go on for hours.

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