Monday, February 9, 2009

New Israeli baseball league

From the ashes of the previous Israel Baseball League, a new one has risen. Or at least we hope:

Five months after the US-based Israel Baseball League disappeared from the local sports scene, the Israel Association of Baseball announced Wednesday that it has entered into negotiations with a group of "prominent North American sportsmen" who are planning to develop a new professional baseball league here.
In essence, however, this is really another American independent league:

According to an IAB statement, the group will operate under an American company formed for the purpose of developing the league.
Oh well, it's baseball. The only problem is that the evil empire is involved:

The new group is headed by Marv Goldklang, a part owner of the New York Yankees and principal owner of four minor league professional baseball teams in the United States.
The problem I see is not that its done to further baseball, but is being done as a business venture:

"We feel this group is composed of high-caliber, professional, experienced and very reputable individuals. They are not spending other people's money but investing their own at this point and performing all the necessary groundwork required to protect their potential investment and develop a viable structure for professional baseball in Israel.
Hey, the Yankees are involved. What else would you expect. One thing is guaranteed, however. The Yankees will be involved in every championship. Again.

This is another article I found with a little more information on it.


tHeMARksMiTh said...

The only thing I worry about when leagues get started by Americans is who the Americans are looking out for. Are they just trying to exploit the area for cheap talent, or do they genuinely want to expand the game?

Ron Rollins said...

I think they're trying to exploit cheap talent. It's the same thing it was back in the Latin American countries.

Get the players they could at a cheap cost. Now they're trying the same thing in Europe. No, big established leagues to fight them, and they have free reign to do what they want.

That's why they never exploited the Asian talent, because they had established leagues that protected the players/owner's investments.