Halifax Rainmen - Halifax, Nova Scotia
Lawton-Fort Sill Cavalry - Lawton, Oklahoma
Saint John Millrats - Saint John, New Brunswick
Maryland GreenHawks - Rockville, Maryland
Quebec City Kebs - Quebec City, Quebec
Rochester RazorSharks - Rochester, New York
SouthCoast United - Fall River, Massachusetts
Vermont Frost Heaves - Burlington, Vermont
Buffalo Stampede - Buffalo, New York
Puerto Rico Capitanes - San Juan, Puerto Rico
Teams at 2010 PBL Meetings in Chicago: @RochRazorSharks, Lawton-Fort Sill Cavs, Halifax Rainmen, Quebec City Kebs, St. John's Millrats.
Out of league: Buffalo, Maryland, Puerto Rico and Vermont.
Can anyone confirm that Vermont is out or was that said in error? I would not be surprised either way.
On the other hand, they have a very limited budget, have had financial problems in the past and if the PBL wants to go to NBA rules the courts in Barre and Burlington aren't usable. Maybe they'd be best to go to a summer/spring league? The ABA is obviously not a viable option.
Aren't Southcoast not officially in? Is five teams a large enough circuit? What do people think is the minimum number of teams that you need to run a league?
Mike Herren BIG DAY TOMORROW...MEETING WITHY MIKE MARTIN TO DISCUSS FUTURE OF SOUTHCOAST UNITED THE PBL HAS RAISED MINIMUM PAYROLL,HAS DISCONTINUED PAYING FOR TRAVEL EXPENSES,AND RAISED MINIMUM TEAM BUDGETS TO 300,000...CLEARLY NOT THE AGREEMENT THAT WAS ORIGINALY STATED...ALSO BIG MEETING WITH INTERNET RADIO GROUP TOMORROW...START MEETING WITH POTENTIAL SALESPEOPLE WED
Tuesday at 3:39pm
I am not convinced this is the kind of team the PBL should be looking for anyway. But yeah, looks like they are out.
I have to say that a higher minimum payroll, not paying travel expenses and requiring a minimum team budget of $300k are all fantastic, fantastic moves.
I do also understand why that may be a burden some teams don't feel that they can handle and I get why people might be pissed about added regulations that weren't there originally. But if the price the PBL needs to pay to improve is shedding South Coast United then I am totally fine with that.
And while I would, in theory, applaud the PBL for applying better standards -- the problem is, they're not likely to have a league for long if they do. There aren't enough owners that have enough capital to finance a money sink such as a mid-market basketball team (as other leagues have proven time and time again).
Travel will be negotiated, but with the power in the league with LFS, Halifax and Rochester, there will likely be new deals in place (as LFS and Halifax paid for travel for themselves and everyone who came to those towns).
South Coast is out. Period. Likely one more team out, I have to get confirmation.
There are talks of expansion, which includes four possible cities.
Tom is out, gone and done and it's a good thing too. Personally, he just didn't do the right things that a person should do in his position as president of the league, let's hope Andre does a better job.