I read in an Abilene Reporter-News article that the Abilene Prairie Dogs baseball team have finished their 2012 season early. Due to the fact that they are well out of playoff contention and their remaining eight games had no playoff implications, the North American Baseball League has decided to cancel the Dogs' remaining schedule.

The Prairie Dogs finished the season with a 34-53 record, fifth place in the 6-team NABL-Southern division. That puts them 19 games out of first place at the finish of their regular season.

Records aside, several questions remain as the Abilene Prairie Dogs as they look toward competing in the 2013 season. Will they find a permanent home, or stay at McMurry University's Walt Driggers Field? Will the Prairie Dogs be able to grow their fan base? Will they be able sell beer next year? If so, can they do it and still market themselves in a way that is family friendly? Can the Prairie Dogs create a product that is both competitive on the field and entertaining throughout the game?

The Prairie Dogs have other challenges ahead, like finding a way to make a connection with the Abilene community. I don't know that they have partnered with a local charity, and I haven't heard about Prairie Dogs players making public appearances, but doesn't that seem like a good way for Abilene to get to know their home team?

All these questions come to mind, and they make me wonder what is the single most important change that needs to take place for the Abilene Prairie Dogs looking ahead to 2013. What do you think? Let us know by voting in this poll, and leave additional comments below.