The Empire League, which rose from the ashes of the defunct North Country Baseball League, has wrapped up its 2016 season and is looking to the future. Read more here. Thanks to John Cerone for the link.
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Tagged as Empire Professional Baseball League, Independent Professional, North Country Baseball League
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They need to drop Watertown. An announced average of 48 fans. No signs on the outfield fence. Just an embarrassing situation up there and not worthy of this or any other league. If the league wants to survive, this is a market that just doesn’t work. They lost their rear ends up there. I went to three games, if there were 50 people combined for the three games (on nice nights), I didn’t see them.
I’m pretty sure the strategy of this league was to draw as few fans as possible. From all reports I’ve heard, there was never more than a handful of fans at any of the games in Sullivan or New Hampshire.
Yikes, someone lost a lot of $$$. They played the whole schedule so leases and umpires had to get paid…hotels? Someone made a hefty donation.
Where are they getting the money to support this league. I tried to ask the commisioner whom I met at the two NH Wild games that I went. Couldn’t get much info. from him. He did say that they get money from the pro-teams that pick up players from the league. I didn’t see many players being pick up..I ;suspect that The Atlantic League and perhaps some of the other independent league are giving them grants to operate the league. The Atlantic league as always wanted a Development League.
Nice article. Thanks for sharing!
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