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The Newark Bears have left the Canadian American League

Nov 30, 2013, 10:05 PM EDT

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The Newark Bears are no longer part of the Canadian American League, an independent league. As a result, their future is very much in question, writes David Giambusso of The Star-Ledger. The Bears have had problems for a while now, drawing fewer than 500 fans per game while putting together losing teams.

Due to the uncertainty, the Bears’ owners informed Commissioner Miles Wolff that they would not field a team for the 2014 season, a decision that Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo did not like:

DiVincenzo, who has expressed frustration in the past with Bears’ ownership, said it did not matter what league the team plays in, provided there is something for fans to come see.

“I don’t care as long as we’re playing baseball,” DiVincenzo said. “I don’t want the stadium to go black.”

The team is so cash-strapped and mired in debt they “didn’t have the funds to invest in staff and marketing,” as co-owner Danielle Dronet put it. Dronet is hoping to find new investors to help breathe fresh life into the team. Additionally, they’ll have to change their marketing plan from beer pong for Mothers Against Drunk Driving and a fake Justin Bieber concert to something legitimate.

  1. agelardi - Nov 30, 2013 at 10:35 PM

    Sign Jose Canseco & A-Rod next year.

    • mariagjones - Dec 1, 2013 at 2:44 PM

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  2. jlovenotjlo - Nov 30, 2013 at 11:20 PM

    I love this, we could really use more Indy League news here.

  3. 4thqtrsaint - Nov 30, 2013 at 11:38 PM

    Its the generic logos. Looks like a hockey team with a baseball in the logo.

    • dan1111 - Dec 1, 2013 at 5:00 AM

      Yes, it’s the logo. Not the failure to field a good baseball team, the terrible location, the promotions for non-existent events, or the charity fund-raising that was so offensive that MADD refused to accept their donation (not only was it beer pong, but they planned to feature a coach who had been involved in a drunk-driving death a few years earlier).

  4. deadeyedesign23 - Dec 1, 2013 at 1:53 AM

    Step 1: Get the hell out of Newark. Have you seen where the stadium is? It looks like a place that would be haunted by Scooby Doo villains to scare away fans.

    http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2293/3535064423_0851945d76.jpg

    • mybrunoblog - Dec 1, 2013 at 9:34 AM

      It’s not the location it’s the reputation of Newark. The ballpark is located downtown on the edge of what is called the Iron Bound section of town. That part of town is relatively clean and safe to walk around in but nobody wants to go to Newark.
      I usually take in 2 or 3 games a year there. I’ll miss it. $10 for front row seats and good baseball.

  5. proudlycanadian - Dec 1, 2013 at 6:49 AM

    Bad News for the Bears and their 500 fans..

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