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Fielders’ Zaman quits on the air

Lake County FieldersAnother casualty of the Lake County Fielders (independent; North American League) not paying bills: play-by-play broadcaster Qumar Zaman, who quit because he wasn’t being paid by the team — and took to the air to explain. Audio within.

As you’ll recall, the Fielders released 14 players and traded nine others after an open player revolt that also saw coaches Tim Johnson and Pete LaCock resign. The issue: lack of any payments (payroll, per diem, travel) whatsoever this season. The team retained one player and set to build a new roster. Things seem to have settled down since then, though attendance is down from the season-opening series: yesterday saw an announced 690 fans at Fielders Stadium, with 1,089 reported for Saturday night’s game.

Here’s a YouTube video with the complete audio (hat tip to

RELATED STORIES: Fielders continue blame game for financial woes, adding league to mix; Fielders: Don’t blame us, blame Zion; Unpaid players revolt in Lake County; 9 traded, 14 released

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