In recent interviews, the president Michel Laplante has never hidden his desire to attend the meeting of all the independent leagues under the same umbrella.
September 26, 2019 20: 30
Merger of the League Can-Am: Capitals pending
Talks of a merger between the League and Can-Am and another circuit independent baseball have progressed since the end of the season 2019. But the uncertain future of the Champions of Ottawa, and the Eagles of Trois-Rivières would currently be anything that would prevent the announcement of the project. During this time, in Quebec, the Capitals are in standby mode.
“For the past several months, important talks are intensifying between the major leagues and independent baseball. However, the unification of two or more thereof imposes a financial restructuring and administrative teams involved. Currently, the ability to integrate these new structures is more complex for Ottawa and Trois-Rivières. So we are waiting for the outcome of these different situations and we hope they will be able to continue their adventure,” said the president of the Capitals, Michel Laplante in a statement released by the club from quebec in the end of the day, Thursday.
It has not been possible to speak with the president of the Capitals, on Thursday, the organization had been holding on to this official commentary. But those left know in the same press release that “they were excited to be able to move forward in this very promising project”.
However, it was learned that a target date for the completion of the merger in question had been postponed in order to allow the Champions and the Eagles to find a solution for the continuation of their activities.
Two groups in Ottawa
In recent days, two groups have shown interest in buying Champions, that are owned by Miles Wolff, formerly of the Capitals of Quebec. During this time, the Eagles have attempted without success to obtain additional financial assistance from the city of Trois-Rivières. The recent refusal of the municipal council, however, would have had the effect to raise the alarm in the community.
At the end of the season, The Nouvelliste of Trois-Rivières had hinted that a merger between the League and Can-Am and the League Frontier was in the air. Such a circuit is unified, if he was to be born, would likely 16 teams located in Canada as well as in the u.s. states of New York, New Jersey, Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana and Kentucky.
In recent interviews, the president Michel Laplante has never hidden his desire to attend the meeting of all the independent leagues under the same umbrella. But any merger proposal would also allow operating costs to be higher, especially in terms of transport, hence the importance of having a franchise in Trois-Rivières and Ottawa in order to avoid the isolation of capital cities.
Discussions should therefore continue for a little bit between the different entities, but obviously, time is of the essence for this to happen as soon as the season 2020.