The National Baseball Congress World Series is as much a cultural treasure in Wichita as it is a sporting event, so the city’s recent move to incorporate it as a nonprofit foundation makes some sense. The tournament still will need to find the funds to pay teams and otherwise sustain its operations, but it could benefit from the leadership and oversight of a nonprofit board of directors dedicated to its mission and long-term success. As City Manager Robert Layton said, nonprofit status adds tax deductibility to the reasons for businesses to help the NBC. As the important next steps are taken, it can’t hurt that the revamped 2013 tournament saw bigger attendance and good reviews from participants.
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