Reps from the startup Ultimate Baseball League say they’re forming a new six-team league to begin play in 2012 and pitched Johnstown (Pa.) officials last night on placing a team in Point Stadium.
Andrew Haines, the man behind the American Indoor Football League and the new Ultimate Indoor Football League, says the league’s footprint could stretch from New York to Georgia. Point Stadium, which formerly hosted both affiliated and independent baseball (most recently an independent Frontier League franchise), is targeted as a baseball home by the same group bringing an UIFL team to the city.
While the footprint is large, it’s not necessarily fertile: when you look at the league’s potential footprint there’s an abundance of affiliated, independent and summer-collegiate leagues already doing business. It won’t be hard to find some markets that formerly hosted ball, but it will be a challenge to put together a league that makes economic sense.
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