Don't believe what the newspapers say. At least that's
what I've been told.
I've been informed by an official with the New
York State League that while it did suspend operations for the
'07 season, the league intends to operate next season based in New York
City. So the NYSL has been removed from the ILG roster.
This will be a topic for debate as long as independent
leagues come and go. When is a league considered defunct: when it
"suspends operations" or when it fails to return the following
The Mid-Missouri Mavericks are a good example on a team
level. Technically the club suspended operations after the 2006 season and
did not field a team this past season, yet if a new ballpark is built for
them the club will return to the Frontier League. So is the team defunct
Remember the Southeastern
League? It too was not defunct but was going to reorganize as the
South States League in '04 and '05. Nothing came of it. The same can be
said for other leagues that grace this site.
I don't have a definite answer to the question. The issue
will undoubtedly come up again in the future, so I'll really have to give
the issue more thought. Suspended, defunct, and relocated leagues and
But past experience--and there's been lots
of examples--shows that when a league suspends operations, it's the
death knell, the nail in the coffin, the last gasp for that organization.
It's hard from a public relations standpoint to reassure investors,
advertisers, and season ticket holders--not to mention the average
fan--that things will be different the second time around.
The intent of this humble website is to share the stories
of failed independent leagues and teams, defunct and suspended alike. I
also try to inject a bit of humor because, to be honest, the way a lot of
these leagues and teams went down in flames is interesting and sometimes
funny in hindsight. Sad, but funny. Where else but baseball can bankruptcy
and foreclosure be glorified and remembered?
I wish the New York State League the best of luck in new
surroundings in 2008. But history has shown that the stigma of cutting a
scheduled season short and "suspending operations" will be a
difficult hurdle to overcome.