After four decades of professional baseball in Colorado Springs as the "Sky Sox", and with the next chapter of professional baseball coming in 2019, the franchise has announced a "Name the Team" sweepstakes and wants the community to become a part of the future by helping create the team's new, local identity as well as creating a new and exciting fan experience.
Elmore Sports Group, the team's ownership, announced in 2017 the move of its rookie-advanced Helena franchise to Colorado Springs to join the Pioneer League in 2019 as Triple-A shifts to San Antonio, Texas. The rookie level has introduced the careers of notable players including Corey Seager, Todd Helton, Trevor Story, and recent MVP's Jose Altuve and Giancarlo Stanton.
"There is no better way to welcome in a new era of Colorado Springs Professional Baseball than by having our fan's help name and brand this team," said Chris Phillips, Sky Sox General Manager. "As baseball continues to evolve and advance, Colorado Springs deserves a team and brand that is representative of this city and our community. We need your stories to develop an identity that will be true to the heart of Colorado Springs and want everyone to be a part of Colorado Springs professional baseball history by embracing this rare opportunity to help tell the story."
The sweepstakes will run from today until Wednesday, June 27, giving fans two weeks to submit their most creative ideas. Fans can enter the contest by going to the team's website at SkySox.com and clicking on the "Name The Team" Sweepstakes graphic.
Fans are encouraged to suggest their idea for a team name along with an explanation of why that name is significant to Colorado Springs. Judging will be based on five criteria: originality, creativity, uniqueness, regional relevance, and appropriateness for audience.
The fan whose submission leads to the team's new name will receive the ultimate VIP Baseball Package - Four field-level season tickets for the 2019 season, an authentic, personalized team jersey, and an on-field introduction on Opening Night 2019 with the opportunity to throw out a ceremonial first pitch.
Following two weeks of name entries, the top five to seven names selected will be listed on the website (SkySox.com) for fan voting, which will take place in mid July. The winning name will be revealed at a press conference this fall. All finalists will also be invited to the unveiling event.
For more information, please contact Director of Public Relations Shane Philipps at email@example.com.
This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.