CONCORD, NH (AP) – A bill in the U.S. Senate would provide funding for independent professional minor league baseball and baseball teams like the New Hampshire Fisher Cats who have struggled economically during the coronavirus pandemic.
The bill would provide $ 550 million in federal relief funding for an emergency grants program that would be administered by the Small Business Administration. Grants would be awarded up to a maximum of $ 10 million. The money would cover labor costs, rent, utilities, worker protection and independent contractors.
A club would stand a chance of getting a second grant 50% of the first if their income did not recover and significantly exceed their 2019 total.
“Baseball is America’s hobby, and few sights point to a recovery more than baseball stadiums filling up again as we continue to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic,” the Senator said. American Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire, co-sponsor of the bill, in a statement. Sunday. “When families and friends come together to share their love of baseball, small business owners also win by serving customers and boosting the local economy.”
More than 100,000 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in New Hampshire, including 59 cases announced on Friday. The death toll stood at 1,385.
The seven-day moving average of daily new cases in New Hampshire has increased over the past two weeks, from 22 new cases per day on July 10 to 35 new cases per day on Saturday.
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