As 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.