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BUSES & S P O R T S

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Tim Thomas, goalie of the Stanley Cup-winning Boston Bruins gets off the bus outside TD Garden.

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rom minor league baseball clubs barnstorming across the Midwest, to varsity athletes venturing off campus, to National Hockey League clubs taking trips to the rink from five-star hotels, teams in every sport, in every league, and at every level, rely on buses to get where they’re going. “Bus rides to and from the arena are as much a part of NBA basketball as the jump ball,” says Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks. “You can tell the culture and chemistry of a team by riding on their bus.” The Mavericks last used a bus, operated by ABA member Coach America, to get to their championship parade in downtown Dallas. Servicing sports teams, clubs, colleges, and franchises is big business. It’s also a business that’s difficult to get into, but one that when you’re a part of, places you
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in a select fraternity. “When it comes to choosing a bus company, safety is paramount,” says Ben Tuliebitz, director of team travel and player services for the New York Yankees. “Carriers that have a newer fleet of reliable equipment always take a precedent over older buses. As a traveling secretary, the last thing you want is a bus full of players breaking down on the way to the ballpark.” THE BUS LEAGUES Riding the bus is part of being an athlete. In no sport is this truer than in minor league baseball, where long bus rides through the heartland define the experience. “Minor league travel, to an extent, has become sort of iconic with long bus trips,” says Chris Herndon, director of marketing and communications for the Indianapolis Indians, the Triple-A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Indians, who bus to 75 percent of

their 70 road games, have worked with ABA member Miller Transportation for more than a decade. Because of the volume of games these teams play, and their remote destinations that can be miles from the closest airport, minor league teams spend countless hours on the road. The bus is the most convenient way to get traveling parties of 30 or more players and coaches from one city to the next, often driving through the night to make it to the next stop on the schedule. “They look at it like that’s part of their home, they’re on that bus so much,” says Patti Tuma, the travel director for the Single-A Great Lakes Loons, a minor league affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers. “Sometimes they’re on the road for 10 days at a time.” The Loons travel to 70 road games per season, the longest being 500-mile trips to Cedar Rapids and Clinton, Iowa, and Bowling Green, Kent. About 40 people,

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Destinations Magazine - September/October 2011

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Contents
Etched in Stone
Swim with the Fishes
11 Million Strong
Save the Date
What’s Old is New
Mitigated Disaster
For Love of the Games
Meeting of the Minds
ABA’s Marketplace
One of its Own
Debt Ceiling Deal
On Your Side
Filling the Void
Some Assembly Required
Just for Sport
If You Build It, They Will Come
Alabama
Arkansas
Louisiana
Mississippi
Colorado
Idaho
Montana
Utah
Wyoming
Ontario
Québec
Saskatchewan
Manitoba
Shopping
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