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Today is Moving Day for the Flyers…Maybe Not

Sunday, March 6, is the court-ordered day the Northern League’s/North American League’s Schaumburg Flyers are supposed to be out of Alexian Field, but apparently the government landlords of the city-owned park are being a little more patient, as they have not ruled out a sale of the team by owner Rich Ehrenreich.  The reality is, despite the more rickety position of the new North Continue reading

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Flyers Evicted From Alexian

The Northern League’s/North American League’s Schaumburg Flyers were booted from Alexian Field after an eviction hearing this morning.  While the Flyers actually have until March 6 to move out or sell the team, the ruling opens the door for the city to begin (we think finalize) negotiations with another suitor.  Read more hereRead update here.

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RiverHawks Offer ’25 Prizes in 25 Days’

PRESS RELEASE – RiverHawks fans can get an insider’s perspective on the game, get into one of the famous racing eyeballs, or even take the field with Rockford’s only professional baseball team. Continue reading

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RiverHawks Offer Fundraising Plan for to Rockford Schools

PRESS RELEASE – The financial problems facing the Rockford Public School District have dominated the news over the past two months. Every day, new plans are being proposed to cut programs and close schools in an effort to balance budgets. The Rockford RiverHawks want to offer their help. Continue reading

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Future of Kalamazoo Kings Still Unknown

With the 2011 season fast-approaching, the press in Kalamazoo (MI) is getting restless, with no word on the future of the Frontier League’s Kalamazoo (MI) Kings.  Vice President of Operations Eric Volann and GM Ryan LaPorte have repotedly confirmed that they are no longer with the team.  Read more here.  That said, we wouldn’t be surprised to see relocation news soon after February 24, which is the date the Continue reading

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Flyers Having Trouble with the Tax Man?

We don’t know if this was a simple mix-up or a result of the financial troubles facing the Northern League’s/North American League’s Schaumburg Flyers, but the Illinois Department of Revenue has reportedly revoked the Flyers’ business license to operate for nonpayment of employees’ income tax withholding.  Read more here.  Thanks to Eddie Utley for the link.

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Schaumburg Flyers Get One More Month

At a hearing on Thursday, Schaumburg Flyers owner Rich Ehrenreich was given a legal deadline of February 24 to sell the team and pony up over $900k in unpaid rent, or be evicted from Alexian Field.  Ehrenreich appears confident that the Flyers will be sold by this date.  This delay will make it very tough for new team to be launched from another league in time for the 2011 season, should Continue reading

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No Winter League at Harlingen Field

There will be no winter ball this year at Harlingen Field, home of the Rio Grande Valley White Wings.  Because of the merger between the United League, Golden League, and Northern League to form the new North American League, the Texas and Arizona winter circuits under the former leagues have been combined, and all games will be played in Arizona.  Read more and view news clip here.

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Clock Ticking on the Flyers, Ehrenreich Confident of Sale

A January 20 court date is scheduled to begin the eviction of the Northern League’s/North American League’s Schaumburg Flyers from Alexian Field, if owner Rich Ehrenreich does not pony up more than $1 million to the village of Schaumburg (IL) for unpaid rent and fees.  Ehrenreich appears confident that a sale of the team will take place and the amount owed paid before this date.  If not, don’t be suprised Continue reading

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Owners of ‘Hawks Face Outlot Foreclosures

The owners of the Northern League’s/North American League’s Rockford (Loves Park, IL) RiverHawks are reportedly facing forclosure on a number of outlot properties next to the parking lot at Road Rangers Stadium.  However, the stadium and the team are apparently not at risk.  Read more here.  Thanks to Eddie Utley for the link.

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Still Waiting on Kalamazoo

The future of the Frontier League’s Kalamazoo (MI) Kings is still up in the air.  When asked about playing next season by MLive.com’s David Drew on Thursday, owner Bill Wright stated “I don’t know,” and that a decision about the team must be made by January 8.  Read more here.  Interestingly, this is a mere five days before the Northern League’s/North American Continue reading

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North American League Website Launched

The new indy pro North American League website is up and running at www.northamericanleague.com.  The site shows a 12-team league divided into two divisions — Eastern and Western — rather than the three divisions originally contemplated when it was announced that the Golden, United, and Northern Leagues were joining forces to form a new super league. Continue reading

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Winnipeg’s Canwest Park Now Shaw Park?

The newly named Shaw Media acquired Canwest Global Communications Corp. in bankruptcy, which included the naming rights contract for Canwest Park, home of the American Association’s Winnipeg Goldeyes.  According to Shaw, the Canwest name will no longer be used in association with the former company.  Read more here.  We have seen no formal announcement, but one fan is reporting Continue reading

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The Goldeyes and the Indy League Landscape

Winnipeg Free Press writer Paul Wiecek takes a look at the Winnipeg Goldeyes, its new league, the American Association, the collapsing of the Northern League, and the obvious challenges facing the viability of the proposed new North American League.  Read more here.

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Sale of Flyers Expected Shortly

Schaumburg Flyers owner Rich Ehrenreich expects to announced the sale of the team as early as next week.  If a sale takes place this month, it could avert an eviction from Alexian Field by the village of Schaumburg and local park district.  The Flyers owe more than $900k in back rent.  A forcible detainer hearing is scheduled for Jan. 13.  Read more here.  Thanks to Eddie Utley for the link.

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Dittrich New GM in Joliet

The Joliet JackHammers are now under new ownership with a promising future in the Fontier League.  Leading the club will be long-time industry veteran John Dittrich, who will serve as the team’s new GM.  Read more here.

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JackHammers Sold

The indy pro Joliet JackHammers have been sold to Steel City Baseball Club LLC, led by Alan Oremus, who was a minority owner in the JackHammers.  The team will get a new name and logo.  The City of Joliet also approved a new lease for the club to use Silver Cross Field.  The team will pay $150k per year, plus $2 a head for attendance over 150,ooo.  Expect the team to play in Continue reading

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Frontier League Deal on Deck Monday?

The City of Joliet is saying that they have a tentative deal in place to make Joliet a Frontier League host city.  Securing new ownership for the ‘Hammers is reportedly one of the conditions.  There is pressure to have everything wrapped up in time for the city council meeting on Monday.  As we stated last week, we find it doubtful that Commissioner Bill Lee would pass up the opportunity to snag Continue reading

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City Makes Pitch for Joliet, ‘Bolts Want Payout

The City of Joliet (IL) made a pitch for Frontier League membership on Monday. While no decision was made, the Windy City Thunderbolts reportedly want a $200k payout for territorial intrusion.  If true, this is silly, as the Joliet JackHammers are already in the market under a different league banner.  In fact, the ‘Bolts would actually benefit from having a new suburban Chicago rival.  Read more here.

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‘North American League’ Formally Announced

PRESS RELEASE – The Golden Baseball League, Northern League, and the United League announced today that they have joined forces in the creation of a new professional independent league that will be known as the North American League. The league will have 16 – 20 teams in multiple countries and cover many of the major markets in the U.S. and Canada in 2011 with expansion already set for Continue reading

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New Owners Reach Tentative Agreement to Buy ‘Hammers

An investment group that includes Alan Oremus, one of the current six owners of the Joliet (IL) JackHammers, has reached a tentative agreement to buy the club.  The group is reportedly in the process of negotiating a lease agreement with the City of Joliet to use Silver Cross Field.  It is unlikely that the deal will get done before the city makes its pitch for Frontier League membership on Monday.  Read more here.

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City Leaders to Intervene to Secure Frontier League Affiliation

As reported yesterday, the City of Joliet (IL) gave the Heisman pose to the Golden Baseball League.  The city plans to lobby the Frontier League for membership at a meeting next Monday.  If new ownership can be secured for the JackHammers, and all the clutter and debt mess wiped away, we think it is highly unlikely that Frontier League Commissioner Bill Lee would take a pass on snagging Continue reading

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City Says No to ‘Experimental’ Golden Baseball League

The City of Joliet (IL) has said that it is not interested in allowing the Joliet Jackhammers to play in the “experimental” Golden Baseball League, which we assume means the proposed new North American League.  The city likely has the power under the club’s lease to prevent such a move.  Also, there are two potential buyers for the club, so we wouldn’t be surprised to see the ‘Hammers get a fresh Continue reading

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Head Fake: North American League to be Formed?

Earlier today, Northern League Commissioner Clark Griffith indicated that the league would have interleague play with the Golden Baseball League and United League Baseball.  Schaumburg Flyers and Lake County Fielders owner Rich Ehrenreich is now saying that the the leagues will merge to form the new North American League.  An official announcement is expected Wednesday.  Read more here.

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Northern League Banner Remains, Interleague Play in 2011

Northern League Commissioner Clark Griffith indicated on Monday that the remaining four teams in the league will not be joining the Golden Baseball League.   However, Griffith said that there will be interleague play between the Northern League, Golden, and United League in 2011.  Read more here.

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Golden League Absorbs Remaining Northern League Clubs?

Just when you think the Golden Baseball League is one breath short of the pine box, it ain’t.  It has been reported that the remaining four teams in the indy pro Northern League, including Rockford, Joliet, Schaumburg, and Lake County, have joined the Golden.  The report also indicates that the Golden will expand to four divisions, including the West Coast, Canada, Midwest, and Texas.   Read more here.

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Calling Joliet Jake: Not a Mission from God, but ‘Hammers Need Cash

The Northern League’s Joliet (IL) Jackhammers are basically threatening bankrupcty, if the city cancels the team’s lease at Silver Cross Field.  Tying up the lease in Bankruptcy Court could prevent the city from securing a new tenant in time for the 2011 season.  This quandary has forced the city to remain patient, while team owners try to sell the franchise, but patience is running thin.  Read more here.

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Schaumburg Flyers Sued by City

The Village of Schaumburg (IL) has filed suit against the Northern League’s Schaumburg Flyers to recover more than $900,000 in unpaid rent owed for using Alexian Field.  According to the lease, the Flyers were required to pay the village $2ook per year or 10 percent of gross revenues.  Flyers owner Rich Ehrenreich has been trying to sell the club to settle the debt and focus on his Lake County Fielders team in Zion.  Read more here.

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The Last Frontier for Remaining Northern League Teams

The four remaining teams from the decimated indy pro Northern League have each individually applied for membership in the 12-team Frontier League.  No word from Commissioner Bill Lee when a decision might be made to accept or deny the applications.  Read more here.

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Indy Pro Ball Coming to Downtown Omaha?

Officials with the Metropolitan Entertainment and Convention Authority in Omaha (NE) continue to have talks with indy pro league investors to bring a team to TD Ameritrade Park, the new downtown home for the College World Series.  The Northern League appeared to be the frontrunner until the wheels came off the circuit a few weeks ago when four teams jumped to the American Association. Continue reading

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New Suitors Lining Up in Joliet

The Northern League’s Joliet (IL) Jackhammers remain in financial trouble, and there is no a shortage of parties (at least four) who would like to place a new team in beautiful Silver Cross Field, if the Jackhammers are booted.  One of those suitors is Joe Stefani, the owner of the summer collegiate Rockford (IL) Foresters from the little known Great Plains League that began play in 2010. Continue reading

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Details Emerge Over Demise of Northern League

The Winnipeg Goldeyes, Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks, Kansas City T-Bones, and Gary SouthShore RailCats are now with the American Association, and the other four Northern League teams are apparently off to the Frontier League, but Goldeyes owner Sam Katz said it didn’t have to be this way.  Read more here.

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American Association Could Grow by at Least Four

At least four teams from the indy pro Northern League could join the American Association in time for the 2011 season, including the Winnipeg Goldeyes, Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks, Kansas City T-Bones, and Gary SouthShore RailCats. Continue reading

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City Challenged by JackHammers’ Financial Woes

The Northern League’s Joliet (IL) JackHammers are having serious financial troubles, and the City of Joliet is concerned about the future of the club.  Some council members are basically calling for a bail out to keep the team operating at the city-owned Silver Cross Field.  City Manager Thomas Thanus wasn’t so kind.  He said the city should be prepared to look at bringing in another team.  Read more here.  Thanks to John Cerone for the article.

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Fielders Season Ends Tonight, New Ballpark Up Next

The Northern League’s Lake County Fielders had a rough go of it getting off the ground this year, but they have survived to live another day.  After the club’s final home game tonight, their temporary home will be dismantled and a new ballpark built (we hope).  Read more here.

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Jonas Brothers to Play Softball at Silver Cross Field

PRESS RELEASE – Silver Cross Field and the Joliet JackHammers will play host to the Jonas Brothers and their Road Dogs softball team this Friday, August 6th. The Road Dogs will hit the field at 12:30pm and take on the Marquis Jet Flyers. The event is presented by Allstate and “X the TXT.” Gates to the ballpark will open at 11am Friday morning. Continue reading

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Costner Makes First Visit to Fielders Ballpark, Turns on Lights

Actor and Lake County Fielders co-owner Kevin Costner made his first visit to club’s developing new ballpark on Friday night, where he flipped on the newly installed lights and toasted with champagne in celebration.  The Fielders are scheduled to play their first home game under the lights on Monday night.  View news clip here.

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Fielders Debut in Front of 6,823

The Lake County Fielders, the newest franchise in the indy pro Northern League, made their home debut on Friday night at their new temporary, modular ballpark in Zion (IL) in front of 6,823 fans.  The team had been playing their home games at Carthage College in Kenosha (WI).  The Fielders were defeated by the Gary SouthShore RailCats 11-4.   Read more here and hereView photos of opener here.

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Fielders Begin Play Tonight at New Temporary Home

The inaugural Lake County Fielders will finally play their first real home game tonight at their new temporary, modular digs in Zion (IL).  Because stadium lights have not yet been installed, Friday’s game will begin at 4:45 p.m.  Read more hereView stadium photos here.

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Fielders Still Hoping for July 2 Opener, Huge Crowds

The Northern League’s Lake County Fielders are still hoping to open their new, temporary ballpark in Zion (IL) on July 2 — a mere week away.  Team president Rich Ehrenreich expects “huge growds” once the new facility opens.  He also expects co-owner actor Kevin Costner to make an appearance on the home turf in late July.  Read more here.

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