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Duquette passes on naming rights for Wahconah Park — for now

Dan Duquette and the other owners of the American Defenders of Pittsfield can’t close on a naming-rights deal for the historic Pittsfield (Mass.) ballpark.Historic Wahconah Park will retain its name, as Dan Duquette and the other owners of the American Defenders of Pittsfield (NECBL) can’t close on a naming-rights deal for the historic Pittsfield (Mass.) […]

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ULB closes down Alexandria operations

Assistant GM Andrew Aguilar was laid off by the league on Friday, leaving the Aces without any employees.Assistant GM Andrew Aguilar was laid off by independent United League Baseball league on Friday, leaving the Aces without any employees and observers wondering if the league will indeed survive for a 2009 season. Out of the six […]

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How a ballpark deal went bad in Brownsville

When United League Baseball and a local developer failed to finance a new Brownsville ballpark, the city declined to step in — dooming the project.When United League Baseball first proposed a new Brownsville ballpark in association with developer Richard Hope, the financial arrangement was clear: ULB and Hope would finance the $7.5 million facility and […]

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Is ULB on the outs in Harlingen?

Jerry Deal, the indefatigable former employee of United League Baseball, sends word that the Harlingen WhiteWings have been locked out of their ballpark for nonpayment of utilities.To say there’s a lot of bad feelings in the Lone Star State over United League Baseball might be an understatement, and we now have a report that the […]

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Newark Bears sold

The Newark Bears have been sold to an investment firm looking to field a team for the 2009 season.A company called Bases Loaded Group has signed a letter of intent to purchase the Newark Bears (independent; Atlantic League) out of from bankruptcy after providing the Atlantic League with a $1 million letter of credit and […]

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American Defenders: Wrapping the team in the flag

It’s an interesting business strategy: the American Defenders of New Hampshire (independent; Can-Am Association) say their personnel moves will be partly guided by whether a player spent time in the military.It’s an interesting business strategy: the American Defenders of New Hampshire (independent; Can-Am Association) say their personnel moves will be partly guided by whether a […]

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Rascals ask fans to name 2009 promotion

The River City Rascals (independent; Frontier League) are inviting Rascal fans to "name the promotion" for several games during the upcoming 2009 championship season.The River City Rascals (independent; Frontier League) are inviting Rascal fans to "name the promotion" for several games during the upcoming 2009 championship season. Fans are requested to submit their ideas for […]

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Frontier League bans maple bats

To the best of our knowledge he independent Frontier League has become the first pro baseball league to ban maple bats, a move approved unanimously by the league’s Board of Directors at the recent winter meetings. The ban begins with the 2009 season.To the best of our knowledge he independent Frontier League has become the […]

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Newark Bears declare bankruptcy

The Newark Bears filed for bankruptcy under Chapter 11 today, giving the beleaguered Atlantic League franchise breathing room to reorganize its finances while arranging for a sale. The Newark Bears filed for bankruptcy under Chapter 11 today, giving the beleaguered Atlantic League franchise breathing room to reorganize its finances while arranging for a sale. The Bears […]

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Ventura Sports Group to offer shares of teams to public

Ventura Sports Group, owner of the Grand Prairie AirHogs (independent; American Association), El Paso Diablos  (independent; American Association) and Atlantic City Surf (independent; Can-Am Association), is offering shares in its teams via iTeam Sports, with shares of ownership ranging from $150 to $200. The business model is simple: iTeam Sports is pooling investors’ money and […]

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Newark Bears may fold

The Newark Bears (independent; Atlantic League) are on the verge of folding, according to multiple reports in the media.Times are getting rough on the economic front. Just ask Marc Berson, the owner of the Newark Bears (independent; Atlantic League), who is on the verge of throwing in the towel on the underperforming franchise. He says […]

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Work on new Avon ballpark continues

The new Avon ballpark for an independent Frontier League team continues, with construction about 40 percent completed — which should give the team plenty of time to prepare for a 2009 opening. The new Avon ballpark for an independent Frontier League team continues, with construction about 40 percent completed — which should give the team plenty […]

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