Indy ball attendance continues to impress

12/29/2014 4:46 AM - Devo

attendanceincrease.jpg2014 was another outstanding year for attendance in the Independent baseball.

For those not familiar with "Indy Ball", you can say that it's a farm system for affiliated minor league baseball without the affiliations. Of course its popularity can't rival MiLB or even close to what MLB is putting on the field today. According to Maury Brown, MLB contributor to Forbes, MLB saw a record, $9 billion in revenue this season. Mind-boggling if you ask me.

Independent Baseball saw record numbers; 8,485,921, set in 2007. Since, the numbers haven't been that high due to fewer leagues and teams. Even though, yearly attendance averages upwards of 7.3 million.

Without going into immense detail about why each league is up or down in attendance (that will be discussed at a later date), the Atlantic League has proven once again, that they have what fans want. The ATL is an eight-team league with six of its clubs bringing in more than 250,000 through the turnstile. Averaging more than 4,151 per, clearly they are the most popular league by far; witnessing 2.2 million attend games in 2014.

The American Association, equal on par with the talent that they put on the field, came in second amongst the five Indy leagues in attendance with 1,885,998, averaging 3,332 per game.

The Frontier League, the most constant entity surrounding an always-changing landscape, has been around since 1993, the longest of any league currently operating, saw 1,444,332 attend games in 2014. Not quite as many as in 2013, but impressive to say the least.

The Can-Am League, the last of the big "4", is expanding from four to six teams in 2015. With the inclusion of a third Canadian team (Ottawa Champions) and Sussex County Miners, attendance will more than likely see a spike. More than 400,000 paid to watch their product in 2014, down more than 10 percent from last year.

United League Baseball has been excessively erratic over the years. In operation from 2006 to 2010, they merged with the North American League before it folded in 2012.The ULB did return for 2013 season. In 2014, the league completed a shortened season and is looking to possibly expand. Not much information was available. Attendance for the league topped out at 105,696.

Devon is the Founder and Executive Director of The GM's PerspectiveHe is a former professional baseball player with the River City Rascals & Gateway Grizzlies. Currently, Devon is a Manager at a financial institution in Northern Ontario Canada, and can be reached at devon@thegmsperspective.com. You can follow The GM's Perspective on twitter and FacebookHis full bio can be seen here.
 

Indy Ball Weekly Perspective: Start-ups across the board

12/24/2014 5:17 AM - Devo

Pecos League introduces Garden City

The Garden City Wind has been introduced as the new Pecos League team, according to a league press release. Based out of Garden City, Kansas, the Wind will play their homes games at Clint Lightner Ballpark, the first artificial field in the history of the league.

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New Independent League announced

The Mount Rainier Professional Baseball League (MRPBL) is the latest in a long line of Indy Leagues looking to prove its worth. The league consists of five teams: Grays Harbor Gulls, Ellensburg Bulls, Skagit Valley Lumberjacks, Moses Lake Rattlesnakes, Oregon City Mud Turtles and Glacier Grizzlies. Not much else is known about the league except that the season begins 150 days from now. We'll keep you posted on any further developments.

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York Revolution increasing profile

The York Revolution is getting an upgrade. A chance to highlight their profile and attract other investors, the Revolution will introduce new LED auxiliary video and scoreboards for the 2015 season. Sometimes it's the little things that make all the difference. This will introduce more marketing and sponsorship opportunities for advertisers. And that's the name of the game when it comes to athletics. You need the sponsors to bring more attention the game, thus driving revenue and building your brand.

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Devon is the Founder and Executive Director of The GM's PerspectiveHe is a former professional baseball player with the River City Rascals & Gateway Grizzlies. Currently, Devon is a Manager at a financial institution in Northern Ontario Canada, and can be reached at devon@thegmsperspective.com. You can follow The GM's Perspective on twitter and FacebookHis full bio can be seen here.
 

With UFC 182 on deck, Fury Jury continues to evolve

12/19/2014 3:23 AM - Devo

MYLES JURY UFC 182.jpgOnly a few weeks to go, and Myles Jury puts his 15-0 record on the line against his toughest opponent to date, Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone at UFC's big New Year's Pay-per-view on January 3, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Jury is focused, determined, and a man on a mission to climb the ladder en route to a title shot in the UFC's Lightweight division. The GM's Perspective was able to speak with Jury, one of the best fighters in the world today, about his preparation for his upcoming bout. We also to continue to learn about another Jury, a fighter that continues to give back to the community and focuses on self-improvement and personal development. 

The GM’s Perspective: Things have got quite intense since the last time we talked. In less than a month you take on Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone in the co-main event in Las Vegas at UFC 182, their big New Year’s show. The fight you are currently in training for is obviously in direct correlation to your victory, but what else has changed since your dominant 92-second victory against Takanori Gomi?

Myles Jury: Honestly, nothing. I’ve been doing the same thing I’ve always been doing: training, working on getting better in all areas, and working on becoming the best fighter I can be.

GMs: Was the stunning finish a surprise or another way you have proven to the MMA world that you are the one of the best upcoming and all-round fighters in the game today?

MJ: I always like to leave an element of surprise in the fight. I never like to go in there and say I’m going to win this way or that way. I knew I could finish Gomi like that, but the sheer magnitude of winning the fight in such a dramatic way goes along with showing that I’m one of the best fighters, if not the best fighter in the world.

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GMs: To get ready for a fighter like Cerrone, who’s been on quite a win streak as of late, do you focus on his fighting skills and what he brings to the table, or do you focus squarely on what you need to improve on?

MJ: It depends. When it’s farther on from the fight I focus on getting better. As the fight gets closer we try to get sparring partners who can become familiar with that Cowboy Cerrone look, getting rounds in, grappling, sparring, and all the good stuff. I try to fight Donald Cerrone 100 plus times before I actually have to go in there and fight him in the cage.

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GMs: How much does reviewing fight tapes play in to your preparation and strategy?

MJ: My coach and me will watch the fight footage. My other coaches will watch them as well and determine what they want to take out of it. Personally, I don’t really watch too much fight footage. I don’t really worry too much about what that guy is gonna do. I try to focus on myself. Obviously I’m not blind to fight footage. I like to at least, watch it once and see what he’s working with. After that I concentrate on me and getting better.

GMs: Is Cerrone your toughest opponent to date? Why haven’t been people been able to stop him?

MJ: On paper he’s my toughest opponent to date. He’s tough, very durable, and a well-rounded fighter.

GMs: Re: training, do you work with the same team every camp, and do you ever try to bring in fighters that resemble the style of your current opponent?

MJ: I do both. I work with Alliance MMA and many of the same coaches. At the same time, I bring in sparring partners and different guys for different looks that are similar to my opponent.

GMs: Away from the ring, you are very active on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. There aren’t many people like you who take the time out of their schedule to connect with the fans. Many people self-promote or use questionable shock tactics (ie. talking trash) to get what they want. How and why do use this vehicle instead of getting involved in concepts that might make you climb the ladder faster, but hurt your image at the same time?

MJ: I feel that in the long run, people will respect somebody that does their fighting in the cage a lot more than somebody that talks about it. At the end of the day, I don’t like wasting time. I want to make the most out of each day, and I feel like I’m too old to be bickering with people on social tools like that. I’m 26 years old and it reminds me of high school. I didn’t get in to this sport to talk and act. I would’ve have went to the WWE if I wanted to do that. That’s why I do to my talking in the cage.

Like when we talked last time, I want Team Fury and Fury Jiu Jitsu to be a positive outlet. When I follow people on Twitter, I like the positive stuff and the good brain food. All the drama doesn’t get you anywhere.

GMs: Again, that shows people the type of person you are, your character, and what you stand for.

MJ: It’s simple. In society there’s a lot of negativity. The UFC is entertainment, but I feel like it’s as real as it gets and it’s something I feel close to.

GMs: You are working with YESS (Youth Emergency Services & Shelter) and your team at Dee Zee Truck Accessories. Can you give a brief overview of YESS and the support you are providing for them?

MJ: There are children and youth that have been brought up in tough environments and have been involved with drugs and/or alcohol. DeeZee and me are teaming up and taking the donations from everybody and the full 100% of it goes to YESS. It tries to put the kids in a safer environment and a good shelter. We want help them get out of that hard aspect of life that they have been given and try to help them out as much as possible.

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GMs: I love the fact that you are very active outside of the ring. You have Jury Jiu Jitsu; your own style of MMA that focuses on all styles, but also improves your personal well being. It must take extreme focus and determination to stay the course. There are so many temptations, but you are focused, centered and determined to give back to the community. What drives you to be that guy?

MJ: You said it right there: Focus. At the end of the day, no one is perfect. I’m far from perfect and I make mistakes myself. At the end of the day, my conscious effort and focus is to be a positive outlet. Whether it’s with Jury Jiu Jitsu or with my actions day in, day out, it’s like the old saying “you get out what you put in”. I like living a positive life and a life that stands for something. At Jury Jiu Jitsu seminars or helping students in private lessons, that’s what I always try to preach.

GMs: Recently you posted a picture of your “new present” a GTO. You’ve talked a lot about your involvement with Robert Kiyosaki’s Rich Dad, a business that helps people reach their financial dreams and invest in their future. It’s got to be comforting knowing that you’re preparing for a life after fighting instead of waiting till the last minute?

MJ: When I got in to the sport I had to stay on couches, making $20 stretch each day and basically fighting for free, I know what its like to come up and not really have anything. When I got to the UFC, my main focus was to educate myself and grow more accustomed to banking and finances. Everything I get goes towards investing for my future. I feel that over the last six fights I have done a real good job at that. I’ve really set myself up and given myself a head start for my future. By no means am I satisfied, but I feel like I have things in place that will pan out in the future and in the present for me.

There comes a time in life where you can’t always work and plan. You need to live in the moment a little bit. You need to reward yourself for all the hard work you’ve been doing and the sacrifices you made. That’s what happened with my present. I’ve always wanted a muscle car and of course, cars are some of the worst investments you can make. Unfortunately, you don’t always get back what you put in with it, but from a little kid’s standpoint, it’s definitely a dream come true. I got my 1970 GTO and I’m looking forward getting it rebuilt and getting it to where I want it to be. 

To learn more about Myles “The Fury” Jury, please check out his website and Jury Jiu Jitsu at Juryjj.com. You can also following him on Twitterfacebook, and Instagram.

For more inquiries, please contact his manager, Ryan Hass, Founder of Evolution Agents

Devon is the Founder and Executive Director of The GM's PerspectiveHe is a former professional baseball player with the River City Rascals & Gateway Grizzlies. Currently, Devon is a Manager at a financial institution in Northern Ontario Canada, and can be reached at devon@thegmsperspective.com. You can follow The GM's Perspective on twitter and FacebookHis full bio can be seen here. 

 

 

 

 

Indy Ball Weekly Perspective: Miners, an MVP, and a World Series worthy manager

12/14/2014 12:14 PM - Devo

Sussex gets a name

The newest Can-Am league team, looking to begin play in May of 2015, has officially been named. Welcome the Sussex County Miners. According to the Can-Am Leaguewebsite, The Miners will play their first game at Sussex County Stadium on Memorial Day.

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Jays sign 2013 IL MVP Chris Colabello

It's not the biggest deal the Toronto Blue Jays have ever completed, but the signing of 2013 International League MVP, Chris Colabello is no-lose situation. It appears Justin Smoak is going to be the Jays starting first baseman, though Colabello could provide some much needed competition. Colabello is a veteran of seven independent leagueseasons, and finally got his shot when he signed with the Minnesota Twins in 2011. He put together sparkling numbers in Double A and Triple A leading to an IL MVP and Rookie of the Year award after batting .352 with 24 home runs and 76 RBI in 2013. He was in the starting line-up for the Twins in 2014 and got off to a magnificent start until an injury derailed his season. He's again looking to make an impact. There's no doubt he can, his resume proves it.

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World Series Champion to manager Riversharks 

Chris Widger, best known for his time as catcher with the Montreal Expos in the late 90's, has been named manager of the Camden Riversharks, this according to aRiversharks press release. The past two seasons Widger has been the pitching coach. The promotion is obviously something that means the world to him. "I am excited to be managing the Riversharks, a home team for me, but more importantly, a team who gave me a chance to play and resurrect my career at a time when I was nearly out of baseball. I am looking forward to getting the Riversharks back to competing with anyone in our league and giving our fans a quality team to root for each and every game." Widger, a veteran of 10 MLB seasons, was a member of the 2005 Chicago White Sox team that swept the Houston Astros 4-0 enroute to their third World Series title.

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Devon is the Founder and Executive Director of The GM's PerspectiveHe is a former professional baseball player with the River City Rascals & Gateway Grizzlies. Currently, Devon is a Manager at a financial institution in Northern Ontario Canada, and can be reached at devon@thegmsperspective.com. You can follow The GM's Perspective on twitter and FacebookHis full bio can be seen here.  

 
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