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Connections: What is Rochester's future as a city for a minor league sports?

Nov 21, 2017

From the Red Wings to the Flash to the Rhinos, Rochester was once considered a hub for minor league sports, but the landscape has changed in recent years -- especially in the last week. The owners of the Rochester Rhinos announced Thursday that they need help to keep the soccer team in Rochester. Declining ticket sales and a lack of corporate and fan support pushed owners David and Wendy Dworkin up against a deadline: if they don't raise $1.3 million by November 30, the team won't play in 2018.

The Dworkin's  announcement came just one day after the Rattlers announced their team will be moving to Dallas. So what's next?

This hour, we discuss what the future may hold for the Rhinos, for Capelli Sport Stadium and its surrounding neighborhood, and for minor league sports in Rochester.  Our guests:

  • David and Wendy Dworkin, owners of the Rochester Rhinos
  • Scott Pitoniak, longtime Rochester sports columnist and author
  • Jeff DiVeronica, sports writer for the Democrat & Chronicle