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Na Koa Ikaika Maui owners seek new money, will return in 2011: owner

Na Koa Ikaika MauiFresh off an inaugural season that saw 50,343 fans pass through the turnstiles at Maehara Stadium, the Na Koa Ikaika Maui (independent; Golden Baseball League) owners are seeking new investors to help cover the losses sustained in 2010.

Running a pro sports team in Hawaii isn’t cheap: travel costs are a killer, even on a schedule that sees visiting teams play six- and seven-game series. It’s no surprise when Na Koa Ikaika Maui owner Michael Cummings admits to losses; the only question is to what extent. Golden Baseball League teams tend not to spend money unless they can avoid it — a pretty solid philosophy, really — but there are just costs associated with pro baseball in Hawaii that just aren’t affordable.

So while Cummings is assuring the locals that the team will return in 2011, he’s also admitting to seeking additional investors in the venture. Give him credit for honesty.

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