Multiple sources indicate that the independent United Baseball League may be removed as a tenant of the Amarillo Dilla Villa within a matter of weeks by Texas’s Potter County because of unpaid rent going back to the beginning of the 2010 season.
The embattled indy circuit, which lost a ballpark lease in Laredo after the independent American Association worked out a deal for a new ballpark for the 2012 season, was reportedly given three days from today to pay back rent of $25,000, a week to pay another $25,000 and $50,000 by the end of the month. This represents all the rent due Potter County for the entire 2010 season, we’re told. If the back rent is not paid the team’s lease could be terminated; we presume another indy team will swoop in, as Amarillo has been a solid market for the ULB in recent years, averaging 2,912 fans a game in 2010.
The league has some solid teams — Edinburg, Amarillo and Laredo — and some not-so-solid teams, including Coastal Bend. The challenge is putting together a league when facing some tough competition from the affiliated Texas League, the independent American Association and the summer-collegiate Texas Collegiate League for markets. ULB also lost out on new markets to the American Association and the independent Atlantic League in suburban Houston in recent months. Still, the ULB has faced some rough situations before and survived quite nicely; they seem to do well under some very trying circumstances.
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