"Attention Mariner Nation: Tomorrow night's game has officially been canceled. We're currently working with the league on a number of scheduling changes. Please stay posted for more details as we continue our quest to bring a championship back to Baltimore. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your support."
And they wonder why fans stay away in droves!
The team has since been quiet, and the league quieter about these missed games.
The more things change - The more they stay the same.
A since deleted note in the Mariner Maniacs FB group from a team coach said that next week's game vs Cleveland was canceled too and that Baltimore would open the playoffs on the road against the York/Rochester winner. That despite the Mariners having already clinched a better standing than both York & Rochester.
There is a report in the Indoor Football Forum FB that the Mariners lost rights to play in the Baltimore Arena due to non-payment though that report hasn't been independently confirmed.
This Saturday's game between the AIFs Baltimore Mariners vs. the Atlanta Sharks at the Baltimore Arena has been cancelled by the arena due to a dispute that arose between the arena and the Mariners. While both sides worked hard to try to resolve the issue time was not on its side and a decision had to be made that was in the best interest for Mariner ticket holders and the visiting team Atlanta Sharks travel plans.
While the AIF was not a party in the dispute between the arena and Mariners they were in communication with both parties offering input and support throughout the process. With the cancellation of tonights game the Atlanta Sharks will be given a win and the Mariners a loss.
Baltimore had already secured the number two seed in the 2014 AIF playoffs and tonights game had no bearing on the playoff seeding. After careful discussions the AIF had with ownership of the Mariners and other interested parties, and with the fact that the leagues only game next week Cleveland at Baltimore had no bearing on the league regular season outcome the AIF and the Baltimore Mariners have decided to end the regular season early by a week and cancel the Baltimore vs. Cleveland game and go directly into the playoffs.
The AIF will release a complete 2014 AIF Playoff schedule and seeding format by the beginning of the week.
Fans who bought their tickets from Ticketmaster, the arena box office or the Mariners directly should go to the proper outlet to receive a refund.
This Saturday's game between the AIFs Baltimore Mariners vs. the Atlanta Sharks at the Baltimore Arena has been cancelled by the arena due to a dispute that arose between the arena and the Mariners.
Credit to Mariners fans on Facebook for seeing through this nonsense. Catch their responses before the inevitable mass deletion.
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Funny thing is, I read on the Facebook page some of those same people are planning road trips to the playoff game next week! I can't believe they are still into this. I love indoor football, but Baltimore needs to join a somewhat real league, like whatever Harrisburg joined ths year.
The problem is a sugar daddy is needed to put the bucks out, anything less and it doesn't work.
That said however, a minor league team could exist with the proper $$$
backing. Because of the sour taste currently amoung the Marineer fans another minor team would be tough.
A new start is needed in a stable league. After a $3 to 5 million loss the 1st couple yrs I can see Baltimore drawing an average 10 to 12 thou a game in the AFL.
That is where Baltomore belongs.