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Surf Decision Next Week: There is scheduled to be a board of directors meeting next week, after which the future of the Surf will be revealed. The league also expects to have their schedule ready and some sort of announcement regarding the status of the York Revolution for the first half of their “home” schedule.

The Can-Am League may be a part of this announcement, whether that’s to establish a working relationship with the Atlantic League to basically replace the Road Warriors as the league’s feeder system, or to announce that the Surf will be joining the league next season.

It is important to note that if the Surf were to join the Can-Am League in 2007, a road team would need to be established in that league, which Can-Am officials reportedly asked Surf ownership to fund during negotiations. Atlantic City brass supposedly refused to do this, and that’s why we are where we are at the moment.

There is no such thing as a black and white “on the record” answer regarding the situation, no matter who I ask. Therefore, I can only go on what I’ve heard and what various sources have told me.

Whatever happens, however, an announcement is expected by the end of next week. When I know what’s going on, you will too. – Mike Ashmore

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1. Amy - October 20, 2006

Looking forward to the results from this meeting!

2. Anonymous - October 21, 2006

would the can am really ‘feed’ the league???
until this type of thing stops in the AL each off-season, it’s hard not see the league as a joke.

3. number1surffan John - October 21, 2006

after what was being spread as a
“certain” jump into the Can-Am league (which means my allegiance will turn to local High School games instead), and now the hesitation to state that it’s a done deal…..will be very interesting.

I believe the “lease” ownership will revert back to real owner, possibly with Schuster’s team as acting management…..but we all should know soon.

4. Anonymous - October 21, 2006

The Surf will fold or go into a weaker league where you would have to pay players less and in return you will get the calibur of players to also go down. There are really only two teams in the league that make money! Lancaster and the Ducks. What do you do? You have two owners that own half of the league. In return I guess they also lose. The American Association is also a joke. Have you seen the attendance numbers for El Paso, Corpus Cristi, and the Pensacola team? Pensacola uses a parks and recreation field that they borrow for the season from the University of W. Florida.Not only this but they travel on a bus to El Paso(24hours), St.Paul(26 hours), Forth Worth(14 hours)on off days and have to play when they arrive the same day in Fort Worth(wow,not easy). And someone said this league would be the premier league(A.A)???? In order to have success and have the best players like the Atlantic League you will have to pay for what you get. This being said, the Atlantic League is headed towards college players and players with limited experience in professional baseball. I guess I will be going to watch my nephews play the upcoming season at the local park and get more fans there.

5. chicken parm - October 21, 2006

Uhh…El Paso averaged over 3,500 fans per game this season, more than three Atlantic League teams.

6. Anonymous - October 21, 2006

Ahh! Not even close to 3500 fans!! Inflated. Have you gone to any of these games?

7. Amy - October 21, 2006

I doubt that the Atlantic League will have that much trouble attracting players as you suggest. Yes, they do need to improve the pay in this league but the other leagues certainly don’t pay much more than the Atlantic league. The league has been around for 10 years and is still attracting major talent…and will continue to do so. I do not see the league losing its “allure” to the caliber of players it currently attracts!

8. Anonymous - October 21, 2006

Let’s get real for a moment. Minor league baseball.. ALL minor league baseball attracts fans because of the entertainment, not the baseball.

It doesn’t matter if a team is in the Atlantic League or Can-Am or AAA. If by going to a game you are only going to get baseball and nothing else, fans aren’t going to go.

They want a place to go where they are going to be entertained, feel safe and be able to afford it.

9. Amy - October 21, 2006

Exactly. (But are you the same “anonymous” who posted about the Atlantic League moving towards college players etc..) I can’t keep up with who I am talking to!

10. Anonymous - October 22, 2006

surffan john i hope you dont go can-am league.i have seen every minor league level of baseball and the can-am league is the worst baseball hands down.good luck buddy.go surf.

b-fish fan

11. number1surffan John - October 22, 2006

b-fish fan – thank you for the thoughts. I dunno now, maybe it WOULD be better if the Surf went Can-Am. I mean, I’d save on season tickets (won’t buy), won’t be as intent on hitting EVERY pre-season event ($$$)…will spend more time home with family (instead of continually “dragging them” along when they are only there to appease me)….

other anon up there – I’m pretty sure the Patriots made $ as well. MUCH different breed of fan there – more like a business social. Folks show up around the 2nd or 3rd inning, and leave by the 5th. Still fill the stands – but I’d say less than 10% are into the baseball.

12. Different anonymous - October 23, 2006

Not me.

13. BoosterBabe - October 23, 2006

Wouldn’t it just be simpler and less confusing for everyone if all you anonymouses (anonymi?) just picked a screen name and posted with it?

There’s a novel idea for ya….

14. Carlos Castellar - October 23, 2006

Wow..there’s a lot going on here. The Surf have been going down hill ever since Ken Shepard left. Mario Perucci took over after being an usher there. He went from taking and seating people in their right seats to running the show. Amazing! But this is America, land of opportunity. Anyhow, the American Assc. Is a joke, those busrides are sooooooooooooooo rediculous!! If you get a quality player in Pensacola, you better take care of them, cause those busrides are a joke, and don’t forget that 80% of those long bus rides, the air conditioning broke down. Hahah..amazing! I have a friend who has great pictures from those rides..wish i could post some here. But yeah, if the Surf continue the downward spiral, then get out while you can still save face. When they switch leagues, then ecveryone can see, just how less talented less paid players really are, good old saying..” you get what you pay for.”

15. Lem - October 23, 2006

I will still go to my annual Surf game during my annual AC trip whether or not they are Can Am or tlantic League. Sure the level of play is different but it is still baseball and still fun. I have been to a few Can Am games in Quebec and it is great for that wonderful city to have a franchise.

16. Amy - October 23, 2006

anonymi…haha boosterbabe..that made my day!

17. bearsfan - October 23, 2006

lem, the sandcastle is supposed to be torn down and turned into condos. The airport people have mostly moved out because of this. The surf are building a new stadium by the hamilton mall. Will you still go there since it is miles away from AC?

18. anonymouse - October 24, 2006

8.5 miles away. Sandcastle / Herman Rovinski (Bernie Robbins) stadium is off exit 2 on X-way, Mall is techically exit 12….but straight on route 322/40 west it is just under 8 1/2 miles from stadium to race course. About 15 minutes difference if you hit every light.

19. anonymouse - October 24, 2006

then again, Somerset Patriots are in Bridgewater…..

20. Anonymous - October 24, 2006

YONKERS PLAN WITH AN AL TEAM …

A redevelopment plan for downtown Yonkers was unveiled this week by Struever Fidelco Cappelli LLC, calling for some 3 million square feet of new retail and housing, including 1,500 new apartments in four new towers that will define the city’s skyline: two 50-story buildings overlooking a planned minor-league ballpark at River Park Center, the new name the developers have given a city-owned parking lot known as Chicken Island, and two, 25-story towers on the river at the end of Prospect Street, which the developers have dubbed Palisades Point. The new ballpark is envisioned as the home of an independent Atlantic League team.

21. Anonymous - October 24, 2006

Unfortunately, I suspect the new Yonkers team is the Yonkers Bluefish.

Mary-Jane has previously expressed an interest in having an AL team in Yonkers and since we can’t fill up our stadium for an excellent team, the outcome is pretty obvious. Particularly, since we are now the most northern team in the league.

#10 FishFan

22. Anonymous - October 24, 2006

AC is out. Hopefully they will do well in a different location along with the different league. To be honest there is not much to lose their by making the changes

23. Anonymous - October 24, 2006

out of what? Is this the “official” answer????

24. StormerDude - October 24, 2006

Skyboxes at Sovereign Bank Stadium, the new, downtown ballpark scheduled to open next season, have officially SOLD OUT, the York Revolution Baseball Club announced on Monday. Each of the 20 skybox holders will invest $25,000 annually for a ten-year period. A waiting list for skyboxes has now been created.


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