Skylands Deal to Close Next Thursday, Patriots Chairman Rejects Idea of ABL2 Feeder Circuit

Atlantic League LogoAs real estate investment firm 17 Mile LLC looks to close next Friday on a deal to acquire Skylands Park, Steve Kalafer, chairman of the indy pro Somerset Patriots (Atlantic League), firmly dismissed any notion of an ABL feeder team coming Sussex County.  More broadly, according to the New Jersey Herald, Kalafer issued a statement late Thursday saying “there is no value at this time to a feeder league sanctioned or supported as a short season version of the Atlantic League. … Simply put, there is no ‘Atlantic League 2′ or ‘Atlantic League Short Season’ league.”

As far as any improvements needed to attract a team to Skylands, 17 Mile LLC principal Mark Rosciolo disputed earlier reports suggesting the cost of those renovations would be anywhere between $400,000 and $1 million or more. “I’m not saying it doesn’t need work, but it’s nowhere near what was alluded to,” he said.  Read more here.  Thanks to John Cerone for the link.

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2 responses to “Skylands Deal to Close Next Thursday, Patriots Chairman Rejects Idea of ABL2 Feeder Circuit

  1. Just Some Internet Guy You Dont Know

    He is a big part of the ATL. There may be something to what he says or it’s a bargaining tactic.

  2. Kinda strange that the NJ Herald would only talk to Steve Kalafer – just more evidence that the local press is doing everything they can to sabotage baseball before it even returns to Skylands. While technically what he says is true, he doesn’t speak for the Atlantic League. Frank Boulton, the CEO of the league, has always been the one who has spoken about the Atlantic League 2, so perhaps Kalafer doesn’t agree with that vision.

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