In 1997, Pete Bock and Jerry Pettit launched the Coastal Plain League with six teams in Eastern North Carolina. The summer league ranks as one of the country's best for college players, professional baseball scouts, and fans. In 2005, the league totals fourteen teams that play a fifty-six game schedule. The league revived a number of the state's historic ballparks formerly used by minor league teams. Although the players are amateurs, the teams operate just like minor league baseball teams, selling billboard advertising, food and drinks, and offering the usual promotions fans are accustomed to at minor league parks.