WICHITA, Kansas – It’s day two of the National Baseball Congress World Series.
Kicking off its 80th year for the long standing tradition in Wichita, but this year there’s a new group running the show.
This will be the last year this tournament is managed and operated by the Wichita Wingnuts Minor League Baseball team.
Next year, the tournament, which is owned by the City of Wichita, will be run by the newly founded nonprofit NBC baseball foundation.
In the mean time, NBC leaders are confident this year’s tournament will be beneficial for the City of Wichita.
Last summer the format was changed in order to help reduce travel costs for teams visiting Wichita over the summer.
Kevin Jenks, the National Baseball Congress Director, said despite the tournaments rocky history, studies show it’s pumped between $1.5 to $2.5 million back into local businesses.
“That impact varies from World Series to World Series. A lot of it depends on local teams we have a lot of different teams that they may have to stay for a long time,” said Jenks.