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Newark Looks for New Tenant, Bears Former Owner Looks to New Fall League Venture

Newark Bears LogoWith the indy pro Newark Bears (Can-Am League) now just a memory, the city of Newark and Essex County, both on the hook for more than $2 million in annual debt obligations on Riverfront Stadium until 2029, continue to scramble to find a new tenant.  Meanwhile, former Bears owner Doug Spiel says he plans to join three friends in launching a four-team fall league for rookie-level players in Arizona next September.  Read more here.

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Former Field Manager Blames Owners for Bears Demise

Newark Bears LogoKen Oberkfell, former field manager of the now-defunct indy pro Newark Bears (Can-Am League), paints a depressing picture of bumbling mismanagement of the club by owners Douglas Spiel and his wife, Danielle Dronet.  Oberkfell is now field manager for the indy pro Lincoln SaltDogs (American Association).  Spiel and Dronet are reportedly no longer a couple.  Read more here.  Thanks to John Cerone for the link.


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Newark Bears to Play Outside Can-Am League in 2014?

Newark Bears LogoOn Wednesday, the indy pro Can-Am League announced the Newark Bears would not be returning next season, but co-owner Danielle Dronet said Friday the struggling franchise will take the field for the 2014 season.  According to NJ.com, Dronet said the following:

“We have a couple of opportunities that we are evaluating and exploring,” said Dronet, who co-owns the baseball team with her partner, Douglas Spiel.  Asked to confirm if the team would play she said, “I’m pretty positive that yes, in some capacity, yes.”

Read more here.  Thanks to John Cerone for the link.


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Getting to Know the Owners of the Newark Bears

In true reality-show style, the indy pro Newarks Bears (Can-Am League) have released a video featuring the owners of the franchise and their immediate family.  Beyond the interesting cast of real characters and a little drama too, the owners appear to be trying hard and spending a poop-load of money to turn the Bears around.  View this and more videos here.  Thanks to John Cerone for the link.

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Newark Bears Under New Ownership (Again)

The four-person ownership for the indy pro Can-Am League’s Newark (NJ) Bears is now down to two, after Doug Speil and Danielle Dronet acquired full control of the team from fellow co-owners Tom Cetnar and Shelley Garrett.  There was reportedly plenty of friction between the parties over team operations and finances, after the foursome took over the financially-struggling club Continue reading

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