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Oct 1, 2020

Explore Big Sky: Tester vouches for MT baseball

Montana is one of two states that does not have a single major league professional sports team, nor does it border a state that has one. On Sept. 30, the agreement that has kept professional baseball in play across Montana reached its expiration date, and Sen. Jon Tester is requesting that Major League Baseball officials commit to preserving the Pioneer League. Last fall, MLB said it would restructure the minor league system, leading to a proposal that would eliminate more than 40 teams, including the Billings Mustangs, Great Falls Voyagers, Missoula Osprey and the remainder of the Pioneer League. Tester is urging MLB to negotiate a new contract with the minors that would salvage these teams and expand the Pioneer League in Montana.

"I hear from local officials in my state about the heartbreak the absence of the Pioneer League could have on their communities' fans and businesses," Tester said in a Sept. 30 press release. "I strongly believe the future of MLB will also be harmed by pulling out of rural states like Montana. A baseball fan pays the same amount for an MLB.TV subscription whether they live in Manhattan, Montana or Manhattan, New York. MLB should not walk away from its rural fans."


Office Contact Information

Senator Tester's Montana staff serves the state from offices in Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Great Falls, Helena, Kalispell, and Missoula. Please bring your concerns with federal agencies, academy nominations, and other situations to one of these Montana offices.


Judge Jameson Federal Building
2900 4th Ave N, Suite 201
Billings, MT 59101
Phone: (406) 252-0550
Fax: (406) 252-7768


Avant Courier Building
1 E Main Street, Suite 202
Bozeman, MT 59715
Phone: (406) 586-4450
Fax: (406) 586-7647


Silver Bow Center
125 W Granite, Suite 200
Butte, MT 59701
Phone: (406) 723-3277
Fax: (406) 782-4717

Great Falls

119 1st Avenue N, Suite 102
Great Falls, MT 59401
Phone: (406) 452-9585
Fax: (406) 452-9586


208 North Montana Avenue
Suite 104
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 449-5401
Fax: (406) 449-5462


8 Third Street E
Kalispell, MT 59901
Phone: (406) 257-3360
Fax: (406) 257-3974


130 W Front St.
Missoula, MT 59802
Phone: (406) 728-3003
Fax: (406) 728-2193

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