This sale makes no sense to me, either. If he planned to keep the team in Elkhart, I can understand paying a premium for the franchise, but it isn't as if many in Chicago know anything about the team. He'd be much better off buying a new team and spending a small portion of the $1,475,000 he saved himself to lure all the best players to his new team. If I was the Elkhart owner, I'd take the money and run.
You may be right eventually, but as it stands right now I dont think you can make the baseball to basketball comparison. (I dont know enough about hockey to have an opinion.) Just looking at the numbers from the NBA last year, only 49 played in both leagues, or about 11% of the NBA total (49 out of 451.) However, those 49 started less than 1% of the games (53 out 12,300 possible starts) and played less than 2% of the total minutes played in the regular season. Also, only 4 of the 49 played in more than 41 games and only one, Daequan Cook, made any real, season long contribution.
I planned on looking at the Major League/AAA splits from last year (innings pitched and at bats) but Im certain minor leaguers made a greater contribution in the majors, and in many cases moved into starting positions this season. What will be interesting is seeing how many D-Leaguers stick next season or move up in the rotation.
Something doesn't add up here, but I agree if you have that kind of money in front of you, you don't look back. What are you buying if you are moving the team and possibly even moving leagues? Joe Newman is kicking himself for not finding this guy first.
You're absolutely right. Granted the "Express" name does have a little bit of cachet, but not enough to warrant such a high franchise value. Money talks in minor league sports, and all you have to do it throw around a little bit of it and you'll attact decent talent no matter what your team's name is.
This story is so bizarre that I have to question the legitimacy of it. I wonder if this whole thing has been fabricated to either put pressure on the city to build an arena, or perhaps just to drum up interest in the exhibition game they have coming up on Friday, which could be billed as the "last chance" to watch the Express.
This story is so bizarre that I have to question the legitimacy of it. I wonder if this whole thing has been fabricated to either put pressure on the city to build an arena, or perhaps just to drum up interest in the exhibition game they have coming up on Friday, which could be billed as the "last chance" to watch the Express.[/quote]
"It's got cachet out the ying yang, baby!" George Castanza
My guess is this is total fabrication. If not, then if I'm an owner of any team in the CBA, PBL, or IBL I'm calling this guy up to look at my club too........
At first glance, my recommendation is to take the money and run -- and start again. Nothing to say that the players won't "find" their way to his new team, and find just as much success.
I know there will be much, much more on this over the next few weeks....
Winds -- you asked where Elkhart would play if they switched to the PBL. Well, Northside of course. (I would prefer a different venue, but if nothing else, Northside.) You're kinda' hung up on the High School games, but I think arrangements can be made. Again, I don't think it's an impossible task.