Moreover, given the format of the league, having Edmonton in with a bunch of Washington teams bleeds money. Having a division of Portland, Central Oregon, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles at this level bleeds money. Hearing a "shut up and color" message from Duilio and mentioned by multiple sources here does not breed confidence. It all makes next year look rather bleak.
If you have facts, spill 'em. If not - it's pure conjecture and all the anti-dulio, anti-IBL rantings come across as personal vendettas.[/quote]
Exactly. Thank you, not so fast, for confirming you have absolutely no facts, only assumptions. That says a lot.
I really did think this league was the real deal. From what I heard nobody from the league office even came out east during the season. Not even during the play offs. With out having face to face comunication with your owners, there is no league that will be successful.
I am sad to see Battle Creek leaving. I wish them the best of luck. They have great ownership. I really like there new coach as well. He has time for everybody. You can tell he has a passion for youth, and I like the way he teaches his players to care about there fans. Especially the kids.
Good Luck Battle Creek we will miss you.
The owners of this league are meeting without dulio, which is a serious red flag!!
The people that run Battle Creek, are some of the best people, in all of minorleague basketball!! This is a big blow to the ibl, and a big pickup for the PBL!
I am trying to inform you that the concerns I have, are not just me crying wolf. There are other owners in this league who have the same concerns, and even more, and dulio has not answered.
I have no ax to grind, I met him only once, he was polite , and he treated one of my players at the all star game great back then. I think he just has gotten comfortable, and has no need to put in extra work, as long as he is making his money. The questions is, are teams going to sit around and allow him to get away with it? Thank God, Battle Creek and others are saying NO!
I can tell you this -- what he's sayin might not be politically correct, but there is more truth to it than one might know. I've heard these same rumblings from teams in the East for some time now, and you have to wonder if the Battle Creek switch is the first domino to fall?
A great question as been asked.....what about Elkhart?
Duilio had a great concept, and I agree that he got lazy and greedy. There are several business-savvy and awesome business minds like D. Beathea in this league, and they don't need the crap that Duilio has been spreading for the last few seasons.
Let the crazy off season officially begin....
1. Too much competition from high school basketball (the Express draws from two Elkhart High Schools, Concord, Goshen, Northridge and Northwood - all with tremendous fan backing) - this IS Hoosier Hysteria country, you know.
2. Potential of too much competition from college basketball - Notre Dame men's and women's teams have a fairly strong fan base that gets more rabid when they're winning. Plus Indiana and Purdue on TV if not in person
3. No place to play - both Elkhart Schools play at North Side.