Saturday, March 01, 2008

"It's over. Now and perhaps forever."

As we reported this morning, today, March 1st, was considered by all involved to be the drop dead deadline decision day on whether professional baseball will be played in Israel in the Summer of 2008. The deadline has come and gone. And so, apparently, has the dream.

Our Man Elli in Israel checked in as soon as Shabbos ended:

"Well, March 1st is here and gone, and so is baseball in Israel.

"Not officially yet, as the IPBL continues to scramble to try to make it happen. But it's obvious that there will be no baseball in Israel in 2008. And it's not even just a matter of squaring the debts of the IBL. It also has to do with the simple task of forming a baseball league. That task takes money, lots of money, and there isn't enough of it. Not that the IPBL's Jeff Rosen doesn't have the money himself, if he wants to go out and create the league. But he wants other people to put up some money as well, and right now his game plan has investors losing for the first four to five seasons.

"And with all the bad publicity generated by Larry Baras and the IBL, potential investors are gunshy. And understandably so.

"In short, it's over. Now, and perhaps forever. And that is very sad."


Anonymous said...

Fuck you for dancing on the grave of baseball in israel.

Anonymous said...

at least they're not dancing the hora.

with roy orbison, it's a slow dance of mourning and regrets of what could have been.

Anonymous said...

so let me get this straight:
baras puts together a league from nothing and owes approximately $1M
and gets shredded by you guys for doing a crappy job
yet rosen wants to start a league that will have investors "losing money for 4-5 years" after much of the ground work has already been done
am i missing something here or did you guys just help ruin baseball in israel??

Anonymous said...

Larry! Are you coming out from hiding in the previous comments?
Come-on......COWARD.....SHOW YOURSELF! You don't answer your phone, and your voicemail is full!

Anonymous said...

Larry is working behind the scene with the new guys in a new joint venture

Anonymous said...

The guys from the IPBL can't stand Larry and want nothing to do with him. Why would you even say that? It's ludicrous.

Any one associated with Larry at this point would be damaging their reputation and the potential success of their business. The only value he could add at this point is to show where the money went and start personally paying people.

Anonymous said...

sorry guys but money has been being paid off slowly but slowly

i got some last week

Anonymous said...

yeah but guys Larry is the only one who got a league going , Rosen, wilson , gardner , rollhaus and elli (yeah , watch and see that one emerge) won't be able to get a streetball game going and they are even predicting more loses than Baras had. I guess that's Rosen's way of doing business. Invest in a bad thing (like maccabi haifa basketball) and make hings worse. Why do you think his father gave the job of the family business to his brother and not to Rosen. Duh!!!!