"Miles Wolff, the Can-Am League commissioner, confirmed that the Tornadoes have some outstanding bills from last year, but this year’s revenues ought to be able to go toward settling debts. Meanwhile, he said he views the team as one of the league’s most successful and well-run operations.Learning that the league itself is in trouble is probably pretty thin gruel for people who have no baseball games to attend in town this summer (perfect time to check out the Ottawa Fury, people). It was not the fault of the city that the Ottawa Voyageurs did not make it to Opening Day.
" 'Some people who have not been paid can look forward to being paid,' Mr. Wolff said. “For many of us this is going to be a tough year. We’re going to have to tighten our belts."
The irony is that Miles Wolff, with the Durham Bulls in the 1980s and through his creation in some start-up independent leagues, was one of the top 5 things to ever happen to Minor League Baseball (MiLB). Twenty-five years ago, minor-league teams were mom-and-pop operations and their major-league parents treated them more as a sunk cost, not as a cash cow. Wolff turned the Durham Bulls into a licence to print money. Others followed his lead and MiLB has become very profitable in the United States. Thing is, with the U.S. in a recession, the affiliated teams which have a connection with Major League Baseball and know where their players are coming from might be better able to read out the economic storm.
As for here in Ottawa, for the last time, there are no flies on us just because we won't be watching anyone catch fly balls.