Why the GBL/NAL would even TALK with this guy about a franchise defies credulity...until you remember that the GBL is involved. Then, it all makes sense.
The idea is to make up-front money in franchise fees, NOT to create a viable entity. Keep rolling the ponzi scheme around the board--at the expense of vendors and anyone else left holding the empty bag, but even worse, at the expense of players who don't get paid and who get jerked around by the team and the league.
This should be a no-brainer, folks. You don't get a franchise unless you can post a bond for the season expenses including rent, wages and salaries, ALL travel expenses, INCLUDING meal money, baggage fees, cab/bus fares, and a REAL operating expenses amount; balls, bats, umpire fees, game day staff, the whole nine yards. You would have to have travel arrangements accounted for to the extent it is possible BEFORE the season starts.
This will not happen because the existing scheme would immediately blow up in the faces of the the GBL front office.
It's a damn shame for the innocent parties involved--the players chasing the dream--that scumbags can take advantage of them and throw their hands up and say "hey, it's not MY problem".
I also feel for the rest of the NAL teams and especially those teams that are run really well like Calgary, Edmonton, Chico, the Texas teams and even Yuma. I keep on seeing comments painting the entire NAL as being a joke when there are many teams that are run well.
...they don't have enough game balls.
No, I'm not kidding.
they have some, but just a few. So they decide to go with worse than little league balls. Guys hit 'em and it's like hitting a rag ball. Doesn't go anywhere and flattens where they hit it.
Gets to the second inning before the Calgary manager and the ump decide that's it.
Think the league will step in and pick up the pieces for the the sake of the players and the people who have tickets?
Outcalt should sack up and take charge of this league. Tell that scumbag buddy of his, Kaval to take a hike and run this thing like a legit operation. for the good of the franchises and players.
Try it, Kevin, you'll be able to look yourself in the mirror again.
http://www.sportsgrid.com/weird-but-tru ... baseballs/
Fun quote from Calgary's Chad Ehrnsberger:
They apparently did find enough real baseballs for the rest of the weekend series, save the part that was rained out.My first at bat, I was actually telling myself to not hit the ball hard cause it wasnt gonna go anywhere. Instead I tried guiding the ball and dropping it in front of the outfielders. We were all embarrassed, as were the umpires.
http://www.dailyherald.com/article/2011 ... 708099971/
How about that Sunday attendance - 149! Some family reunions are bigger!
As the song goes...
I had a friend was a big baseball player
back in high school
He could throw that speedball by you
Make you look like a fool boy
Saw him the other night at this roadside bar
I was walking in, he was walking out
We went back inside sat down had a few drinks
but all he kept talking about was
Glory days well they'll pass you by
Glory days in the wink of a young girl's eye
Glory days, glory days
"Ann Coulter here, reporting that players are upset with the quality of baseballs in Illinois. If they only supported our boys overseas this kind of liberal whining would not be happening!"
Sad that this train wreck is happening but guess its true, people can't take their eyes off a train wreck.