A. Ownership

1. Significant community identification

2. Long-term commitment to the club and community

3. Preference for individual ownership interests as opposed to corporate interests

4. Net worth:

a. $100 million or more

b. Ownership's full financial resources available to baseball operations

5. Regardless of ownership form:

a. One person ultimately responsible for all club decisions

b. Commitment to operate in baseball's interest rather than for the enhancement of other business activities

6. Multiple ownership interests preferred:

a. Nonmajority owners' willingness to step up to majority status if necessary B. Management

1. Personnel with baseball experience helpful

2. Consideration of recommendations from Long Range Planning Committee on staffing and operations

3. Production of pro forma club balance sheets and financial statements of baseball operations over first five years C. Stadium

1. Private ownership preferred

2. Baseball-only facility with natural grass and adequate lighting

3. If leased facility:

a. Baseball use priority

b. Long-term agreement with flexibility

4. Capacity: 35,000 to 45,000 with appropriate scale and seat locations.

5. Size: minimum field dimensions in conformity with playing rules and subject to league and commissioner's office approval

6. Parking: minimum of 25 percent of capacity

7. Location: proximity to public transportation and highway access

8. Luxury suites; state-of-the-art video board; satellite receive/send capability recommended D. State and Local Government

1. Long-term commitment to viable working relationship with the club; minimize or eliminate political pressures

2. Recognition of necessity of club receipt of parking, concession, signage, pay TV and luxury box revenue

3. Facilities/manpower commitment: office space, practice facilities, traffic control, police (in and around stadium), feeder roads, airport access and use.

4. Taxes

a. Minimization or elimination of tax disincentives

b. Cooperation in baseball efforts for uniform tax policies on visiting club receipts and player withholding E. Location

1. Demographics must adequately support club, including local population, television households

2. Analysis of proposed drawing area and radio and television networks

3. Commitment of 10,000 full season-ticket holders for first five years of operations

4. Analysis of location vis-a-vis existing clubs in one- or two-team markets; effects on divisional alignments Other

1. Expansion clubs to indemnify major leagues for costs of acquisition of National Association territory if applicable

2. Operation of minor league affiliates prior to first major league season, if appropriate

3. Identification of spring training facilities

4. All control interest transfers, leases, television contracts, bank loans, concession agreements and contracts of greater than five-years duration to be filed with and subject to League and/or commissioner's office approval for considerations related to operational control of the club and actual or potential conflicts of interest