09-11-2008, 11:50 AM
My oh my. I was reading something reported over at ballparkdigest.com
According to an apparent court injunction (visiable here------>http://www.ballparkdigest.com/news/2008/Temporary%20Injunction%20order1.pdf) Bryon Pierce seeks to stop the UBL from transferring any assets, monies or properties away from the UBL and it's individual operations out of the companies. He further seeks to halt any operations from leaving the UBL to join the GBL, the American Association or any other league for that matter as well.
The order claims that United Sports Equities, LLC and Bradley Wendt have already ceased of the activities of the Alexandria, Harlingen, Laredo and Edinburg operations.
And if you read the hand-written part of the court injunction, apparently the GBLseemed to have had an agreement to acquire the operations of four of the UBL clubs already. Pierce states that such action would destroy the UBL and thus, his guarantee to acquire a future UBL operation which he has already been promised in north central Texas.
it seems that Pierce is trying to keep the league intact, stopping the sale of any assets, transfers or cessation of operations by the UBL because even if he was granted compensation from the UBL, the UBL in all likelyhood would cease operations because of the sale, eliminating the very entity from which Pierce would receive any awarded judgement. It appears to me like he wants his settlement from the franchise agreement and has put pressure on the interests of the GBL and UBL to settle with him first so that the sale of the 4 clubs can go through once he drops his injunction. No settling with Pierce? No sale at all.
Pierce holds all the cards right now.
09-11-2008, 12:09 PM
Here is the injunction:
09-11-2008, 12:17 PM
A press release from Mr. Bryant we received on the injunction:
Order grants temporary injunction against United Sports Equities, Wendt
Special to Town Talk
DALLAS – The operators of the United League Baseball have been forbidden from taking any action that would change the structure or abandon any league ballclub, in an order granting a temporary injunction issued by state District Judge Louise Raggio.
The court granted the injunction sought by plainfiff Dallas businessman Byron Pierce and Dallas attorney and former U.S. Rep. John Bryant, plaintiff in intervention.
Pierce and Bryant were co-founders of the league, but resigned in late 2006 due to disagreement with the Wendt brothers, who own the controlling interest in the league.
Hearing on a permanent injunction is scheduled for January.
Defendants are United Sports Equities, LLC, which operates the six-club United Baseball League, and Bradley Wendt, the league’s chief executive, who, along with his brothers, owns a majority interest in the league.
The court ruled there is an emergency partly due to the possibility of some ULB ballclubs being transferred into another league, and the abandonment of the other ULB teams.
It has been reported the defendants have discussed the possibility of placing the Amarillo and San Angelo franchises in the Golden League, which operates in Arizona and California, which would cause the abandoning or terminating the operations of the other entities.
The order issuing the injunction declares, “The court finds that there is an emergency in the form of imminent danger to applicants through transfer, conveyance, assignment or hypothecation by one of both of defendants of any assets, property rights or interests of (the ULB ballclubs), including, without limitation, any membership certificates in any of these entities, ownership of United League Baseball LLC, and ownership of the names United Baseball League, United League Baseball and United League and/or by the abandoning, or terminating the operations of any of these entities, the league and/or baseball operations or greatly reducing the scale and quality of the same and from transferring or removing funds and personal property from these entities and clubs in a manner other than and beyond the scope of the ordinary course of business.”
Pierce said the order was sought after it was brought to his attention that a number of severe changes were either going to be made or were contemplated.
He said if those changes took place some of the baseball clubs now in the United League (ULB) would be placed in another league and the remaining ULB ballclubs would be abandoned.
“It has generally been reported by representatives throughout the ULB that the present operators of the league have shown an interesting placing at least two of the ULB ballclubs, Amarillo and San Angelo, in the Golden League, which is an independent league operating in Arizona and California,” Pierce said.
“Under that arrangement, to be closed down by the operators would be Harlingen, Edinburg, Laredo and Alexandria, La.,” Pierce said, adding that would possibly mean no baseball for those communities’ fans, who have faithfully supported their teams these past years.
“That would be a travesty,” he exclaimed.
“We (Pierce and Bryant) believed it to be of extreme importance to stop any sort of changes in the league that would be detrimental to the communities and the fans, forcing the court action that has been taken.
Such changes would prevent Pierce from being able to collect an unpaid $50,000 judgment owed to Pierce by Wendt and the league.
Bryant said under his settlement agreement with United Sports Equities and Wendt, he has the exclusive right to establish baseball teams in the United League in 16 counties in North Central Texas, including Dallas. The court ruled if the defendants and the Golden League were to enter into the type of agreement or arrangement described, it would destroy Bryant’s franchise rights.
In conclusion, the court ordered that the defendants are enjoined through the date of final judgment in the case “from transferring or causing or participating in any way in any transfer, conveyance, assignment or hypothecation of any assets property rights or interests of USE, and (the ballclubs), from ceasing abandoning or terminating the operation of any of the clubs, the league and/or baseball operations or greatly reducing the same and quality of the same and from transferring or removing funds and personal property from those entitities and clubs in a manner other than and beyond the scope of the ordinary course of business.”
It further ruled that the defendants are forbidden “from entering into any agreements to commit United League Baseball UES or any other United League entities to play in another league or with present or new teams from other baseball leagues, including without limitation, any teams now or hereafter part of or affiliated with the Golden League or with a new league and from engaging , participating in, facilitating, allowing or acquiescing to such play to be scheduled, planned, marketed, funded or agreed to.
Pierce and Bryant were the co-founders of the ULB, the second league they formed. They began working toward getting the league under way in 2004 and actual play began in May of 2006.
They were joined by the present operators, Brad and Gary Wendt. The league has operated since 2006 with six ballclubs, Harlingen, Edinburg, Laredo, San Angelo, Amarillo and Alexandria.
Pierce and Bryant resigned after the first year of operation due to disagreement with the Wendts and entered settlements agreements regarding their interests.
The two also co-founded The Texas-Louisiana League. which was also an independent league.
In 1991, Pierce and Bryant, a former U.S. congressman, became frustrated that the Texas League had no plans at that time to expand into other Texas locations, so they formed the Texas-Louisiana League.
The league began play in 1994. Ballclubs included Harlingen, Corpus Christi, Amarillo and Abilene, Texas, and Alexandria, La. It later expanded into Missouri and Mississippi.
In 2000 the league was sold and the name was changed to the Central League, which was operated by businessman Horn Chen. By 2004, Harlingen, Amarillo and Alexandria had been closed by Chen.
After the 2005 season, the Central League disbanded. Five clubs joined the American Association. Becoming part of the ULB in 2006 were former Central League ballclubs Edinburg, San Angelo, Alexandria, Amarillo, and Harlingen.
09-22-2008, 09:25 PM
Maybe the Golden Lague can pay the $50,000.
11-22-2008, 04:28 PM
The league has laid off all of the Aces Staff, including the acting GM. It is only a matter of time before the league folds.
12-09-2008, 01:41 PM
The American Association has the logos of the other independent leagues at the bottom of the web page.
I noticed today, that the UBL logo is no longer there.
12-13-2008, 08:58 AM
For what it's worth, the ULB is not listed on the Independent Professional Baseball Federation (IPBF) site either. The AA site has link to the IPBF.
12-19-2008, 10:09 AM
The Amarillo Dillas have season tickets on sale already, so something is afoot.
I bet the Dillas' are expecting the sale to the GBL, which would be nice. I think the GBL is a little more established than the UBL. Maybe we'll even get a new ballpark!
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