A group of mayors have organized to oppose MiLB's proposed contraction. Currently, 42 teams are scheduled to lose affiliation with their MLB team, probably rendering a number of them economically nonviable.
It's not just mayors that are pissed. State legislators and members of Congress are also taking a lot of grief from residents of the potentially affected cities and towns. Manfred's not stupid, he had to know this was coming, so I wonder what his calculation was. Just take the hit and move on? Cut the list of eliminated teams to make the survivors feel grateful? A Hunger Games to extract stadium concessions out of desperate teams?