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HenryLouisAaron

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<< CONROE, TX (January 28th, 2018) - At the NPF owner’s meetings last week, it became clear that the mission of the NPF has changed significantly since the Scrap Yard Dawgs first joined the league. As such, and effective immediately, the reigning Cowles Cup Champion Scrap Yard Dawgs will no longer be affiliated with the NPF. However, the Dawgs will continue to compete at the highest level as an independent team playing a full summer schedule that includes major venues and globally televised events in packed stadiums against the top-ranked teams in the world.

The Dawg’s 2018 schedule includes a season opening home series at The Scrap Yard Sports Complex against the 2018 USA Softball Women’s World Championship team, followed by another home series against the 2018 USA Softball Women’s All-Star team. 

Going forward, not only will Scrap Yard Dawgs player contracts include significant salary increases, players will also have a much stronger voice and vote in all strategic owner/management decisions—a level of compensation and representation that was unavailable to them under the NPF structure.

The Scrap Yard Dawgs look forward to continuing our support of fastpitch Softball at all levels, including local recreational leagues, travel ball clubs, high school teams, collegiate programs, and international organizations. >>

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That first sentence says a LOT! Too bad the few teams in this "league" couldn't all get on the same page. The leadership of the NPF has failed big time.

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So they just pulled out of the league, will play some exhibitions, and yet will increase player salaries. Is some lotto winner a Fastpitch fan?
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Rumor has it that the Akron races and scrap yard dawgs are leaving the pro league l


Any evidence to support the ‘Akron Racers are leaving, too’ part?
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Just players on twitter, I could be totally wrong on Akron. No article like SYD.
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The NPF is dead. The question is what can come after it?
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https://www.ohio.com/akron/sports/racers/professional-softball-future-of-akron-racers-in-doubt-no-pro-ga
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So the NPF is basically a Chinese farm system now?  I assume what they are proposing to do with Akron is the same with any other remaining teams.  Odd.  If you are having problems getting fans to watch college kids they know, how does this make any more sense?

I don't know that a professional league will ever make it.  The problem is, like it or not, everything is tied to college.  Anything after that is just... playing ball.  There's no back history for a professional league with allegiances that can trump or play off of college.  It's just not the same. 

Also, they play at the same time as most of the younger target audience is out playing.  I just don't see any audience for it, even among college softball fans.
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That is why the pro teams need to be offshoots to a large degree of the most fanatically followed college teams
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You now have the Bandits, the USSSA Pride, an Australian team and a Chinese team.  That ain't much of league.


It's NEVER been a league period. Lol.
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So the NPF is basically a Chinese farm system now?  I assume what they are proposing to do with Akron is the same with any other remaining teams.  Odd.  If you are having problems getting fans to watch college kids they know, how does this make any more sense?

I don't know that a professional league will ever make it.  The problem is, like it or not, everything is tied to college.  Anything after that is just... playing ball.  There's no back history for a professional league with allegiances that can trump or play off of college.  It's just not the same. 

Also, they play at the same time as most of the younger target audience is out playing.  I just don't see any audience for it, even among college softball fans.



I agree 1000%.
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So the SYD are making their own league. smh
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Good question - my dd is a freshman this year so technically still eligible for 18U this coming summer.  What do the older girls do to keep their skills sharp over the summer after they are no longer 18U eligible?  Are 23U tourneys around?
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Good question - my dd is a freshman this year so technically still eligible for 18U this coming summer.  What do the older girls do to keep their skills sharp over the summer after they are no longer 18U eligible?  Are 23U tourneys around?


There isn't much, There was one in NorCal.
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Get at least 6 teams and move the entire league to OKC and one field, preferably ASA Stadium. And on one or two days out of the week, play the three games. Start times could be 5, 7, 9 pm. Wanna get creative? Have one or two weekends a month where the teams also play in a tournament style format. Start season in April and go to September. That's how you do it Cheri! And it works! Been doing it mens fastpitch forever. And we have even less resources then you. Get in touch with me for more info. 
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No shot.

And, I can't believe that as anonymous as the men's game is in this country that they get paid anything
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What do the college players do now in the summer? Nothing?
 


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There isn't much, There was one in NorCal.


Yes, there was.

Welcome to answer directed questions regarding Women's summer ball. As the erstwhile Grand Poohbah the Second, think I learned a few things.

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That is why the pro teams need to be offshoots to a large degree of the most fanatically followed college teams


Fans would turn out to follow the Northwest Tsunamis, for instance, playing in local college venues (Seattle, Portland, Eugene, Vancouver BC, for instance), and featuring alumnae of UW, UO, OSU, and other NW schools. Bay Area Pelicans, SoCal Stars, etc.





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Fans would turn out to follow the Northwest Tsunamis, for instance, playing in local college venues (Seattle, Portland, Eugene, Vancouver BC, for instance), and featuring alumnae of UW, UO, OSU, and other NW schools. Bay Area Pelicans, SoCal Stars, etc.





I believe so
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Get at least 6 teams and move the entire league to OKC and one field, preferably ASA Stadium. And on one or two days out of the week, play the three games. Start times could be 5, 7, 9 pm. Wanna get creative? Have one or two weekends a month where the teams also play in a tournament style format. Start season in April and go to September. That's how you do it Cheri! And it works! Been doing it mens fastpitch forever. And we have even less resources then you. Get in touch with me for more info. 


So basically the USA tournament that happens in OKC every year?   I went to that tournament this past year and it was about as EMPTY as it could get. 
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So basically the USA tournament that happens in OKC every year?   I went to that tournament this past year and it was about as EMPTY as it could get. 


Yeah but you didn't have Reba as the new colonel for the KFC sponsorship last year. [nono]
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There isn't much, There was one in NorCal.


There is also a women’s league in SoCal. Runs from around the middle of June to the middle of Aug.
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How did this go off the rails so quickly?  I understand last year both the Rebellion and Charge folded, the Bandits changed owners, and a Chinese team joined the league, but how exactly did the mission of the organization change so fundamentally?  I can't imagine the Bandits, Racers, Pride, or Scrap Yard Dogs changed significantly, so who exactly does that leave to change direction?  Certainly not the people with the money or the teams.  How would league management be in a position to change it so drastically that two teams are basically out?  And for what benefit?

I'm pretty annoyed by this, but I feel absolutely awful for all the women who made this a labor of love to continue to play the game that has meant so much to them.  Where do they end up in all of this?
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National Professional Fastpitch - the most unprofessional league in the history of "professional" sports.   Who in the world in Cleveland Ohio is going to go to the ballpark to watch a bunch of Chinese gals play softball? (no offense intended to the Chinese)   Love the statement that the NPF put out on all this hullabaloo......oh right......they havent said a word!  I still like the Japanese model of big corporations sponsor the team in major cities which then has a built in fan base (eg: GM in Detroit, Exxon in Texas, Google in California ) with tens if not hundreds of thousands of employees to support PLUS they all now have money to spend with the generous tax reform bill !!!  NPF will NEVER climb this mountain with the current commissioner and leadership as they are still getting paid (and I would expect handsomely) to sit around and be happy with the status quo.  Good for SYD.  Glad someone finally stood up to her!
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I don't get it. So Akron hired a new GM yesterday who has zero softball experience by the way for THIS coming season but they supposedly aren't a team anymore? And there is supposedly going to be a second Chinese team in the league now if you can believe that. So is the second Chinese team the new Akron Racers? Also something I thought was funny. The Aussie Spirit, also supposedly a new team are calling the NPF, a "semi-pro" league with the best players in the world competing in it. Cheri is digging her own grave with this, my god. Someone call off the fight.
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Doesn't sound like the story we got from SYD.

National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) Terminates Houston-Based Scrap Yard Dawgs
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Nashville, TN - National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) has terminated its Houston-based franchise, the “Scrap Yard Dawgs,” (SYD) effective January 29, 2018 due to repeated violations of the team’s franchise agreement, including the SYD’s repeated failure to make timely payments to players, vendors and the league. The SYD also repeatedly communicated efforts to start its own league despite the violation of the team’s obligations to the NPF, other team owners and players. 
 
The NPF permitted the SYD to participate in the league’s most recent team owners meeting January 24 – 25, 2018 on the premise that the SYD would comply with league rules and rectify its various infractions. After the SYD failed to fulfill their commitments, the NPF made the decision to issue a cease-and-desist letter and terminate the team. 
 
“It is unfortunate that the league has been placed in the position of terminating the Scrap Yard Dawgs franchise,” said NPF Commissioner Cheri Kempf. “However, it would be unfair to allow one team to ignore league rules and franchise requirements while all others work within the guidelines and regulations to operate their teams in the best interest of the league.”
 
The SYD are now one of two failed NPF teams owned by Joel Bartsch. “Texas Charge” was dismantled after Bartsch failed to execute an exclusive purchasing option presented by the NPF as part of a three-year license agreement for the team. The purchasing option date was originally scheduled to expire Sept. 1, 2017. The NPF then extended the expiration date to October 1, 2017 upon Bartsch’s request.  
 
National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) is a growing professional sports platform for women in sport, specifically the sport of fastpitch softball. NPF currently exists as a rarity among professional team sports options for women. The league provides a place for fastpitch softball’s elite level players, to compete against each other. The NPF works to grow the game daily through individual team ownership, increased engagement with corporate America partners and expanded media coverage including both digital and linear options. The five current affiliate NPF teams are located in Akron, OH; Chicago, IL; Kansas City, MO; Vero Beach FL; and Viera, FL.
 

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Saw that today. I'm very confused on what the real story is now.
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I guess the only thing worse than not having a pro league is having one and then it devolving into the BS mess that this one has.  Most publicity the league has ever gotten, except maybe Abbott's "$1M contract."
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Wait, the league allowed a guy to own two different teams?  That would seem like a huge conflict of interest and if what the NPF alleges is true I doubt Monica Abbot is going to get her $1 million without a lawyer.

Also, the news of the Racers on the NPF site seems a lot different than that earlier article:

"Akron, Ohio (January 30, 2018) The Akron Racers name Stephen Dunn as the team’s General Manager today. In his role, Dunn will oversee all team operations and player personnel. Longtime General Manager, Joey Arrieta, remains the team’s president and minority owner and will focus on critical initiatives of Akron Racers Foundation and Akron Racers Charities. 

“I want to thank the Akron Racers for this tremendous opportunity,” said Dunn. “I am incredibly excited and feel I am the right man for the job. I look forward to working with our front office to field the most competitive team possible and to continue growing our sport.”

http://profastpitch.com/news/news/?article_id=2982

That certainly doesn't sound like their existing team has been replaced with Chinese prospects.  However then I find this next article mentioning a name change and something about a traveling team around the Ohio area to attract as many fans from different regions.  Which is stupid because the moment you changed the name and the players you just lost any fanbase you started with.  Who is going to be loyal to something that has players they've ever heard of and that probably won't be around in 2 years and is playing somewhere different every time they are in your State?



https://www.ohio.com/akron/sports/racers/professional-softball-racers-set-to-become-cleveland-comets-owner-craig-stout-hopes-to-have-games-at-firestone-stadium-hires-stephen-dunn-as-general-manager
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