It’s a busy week, so I apologize for the lack of articles being wrote. This week marks the first day back to my internship with the Dayton Air Strikers since mid-January, so I’m looking forward to going back. While doing some research for a game I’m scheduled to broadcast, I decided to check the status of the PBL. One thing I came across on the Premier Basketball League’s website was seven teams lined up on the bar. What happened to the eighth team?
In case you haven’t heard, the Vermont Frost Heaves have folded. The last day of operations was on January 26th, 2011.
Yes, that leaves the PBL with seven teams. Business will continue on for these teams, but what about the fan base of the Heaves? If you look at their message board, the newest topic in the general discussion is about the memories of the team. There is even a discussion about fellow PBL team Rochester offering LeBron James to play for the RazorSharks (article is here.) The board is informative, but rather quiet (21 registered members and last post was on January 31st.)
There is some solid history with this Vermont team, with a pair of American Basketball Association championships (no, not the original ABA, where the Indiana Pacers began to play.) The team was also created by a Sports Illustrated writer, Alexander Wolff.
It is sad when a team has to fold, but it’s the nature of the beast sometimes. You can’t have a team if you don’t have the money or the hunger to do well. Let’s hope the PBL does not deal with any more teams folding this season.
Source of information from thepbl.com, vermontfrostheaves.com, and vermont.proboards.com.
Until next time,