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TinCaps among 15 teams suing insurance companies over denied virus claims


FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA and AP) - Fifteen minor league baseball teams, including the Fort Wayne TinCaps, have filed a lawsuit alleging breach of contract by insurance providers after being denied claims for business-interruption insurance due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The move comes as minor league teams face the probability of a "lost season."

Major League Baseball announced Monday that it will attempt to play a 60-game regular season, but its 160 affiliated minor league clubs are unlikely to play at all until at least 2021.

Minor league franchises say that even though they continue to pay yearly premiums to insurance providers for business-interruption insurance, they have been denied coverage at a time when minor league clubs have essentially no means of making revenues. 

The suit, filed in federal court in Philadelphia, includes teams spanning the country, from Georgia to Oregon.

Several insurers are named as defendants.

Jonathan Shelley

Jonathan Shelley is the news director at WPTA TV, which he joined in 2016 following nine years in a similar role in New Orleans and previous news management positions in Oklahoma City and Las Vegas.

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