First they had to downgrade their venue from a large arena to a D2 college gym.
Second, I've seen some of their road games this weekend canceled due to money problems (Battle Creek).
Any other problems occuring in the league?
Chicago Heights is in fact playing as a road team this season.
And Phoenix did not travel to Michigan for this weekend. Instead, according to the Battle Creek newspaper, the Lansing team will play the Flame's scheduled Michigan swing. So most importantly for the fans and sponsors, a game will be played. But it is a black eye for the league.
I think this goes to show once again that the IBL struggles in larger markets (Phoenix, Oakland, Chicago, Detroit), but thrives in smaller markets. They should stay in small markets where they are a bigger deal. Unless the are a road team with a big market name (like Seattle).
I'm just saying that the recommendations for the league say get mostly volunteers, don't quit your job, and pay only a few people and players minimally. So many people are trying to break into the sports industry and so its probably easy to get high quality volunteers. I've seen some websites and recruiting tactics and its easy to see why some teams drive themselves broke. From a business perspective its a good model...
I remember just before the season started, a few teams dropped and the IBL re-worked their schedule a bit. Perhaps the Flame's website still has the old version for some reason?
There was some local interest in this team when it was first announced, but at this point of the season, hardly anybody cares. It's safe to call the Raptors a "disaster."
However, can someone explain (or answer the question before) of how a Road Team works? How do you run a team that has no home gate receipts? I have seen this happen in the ABA with the Beijing team, but can someone explain this?