The spotlight has been especially focused on the major leagues during this week of the winter meetings, but at least two cheery developments have emerged for the Independent leagues which should add to holiday joy in several segments of the country as well as Western Canada.
While we don't always find total compatibility within Independent circles--or in the rest of the business world, for that matter--it was nice to see the Northern and Golden Leagues get together for All-Star Games the next two seasons. What an added accomplishment it would be if they could fill up 11,000-seat Hi Corbett Stadium in Tucson for the first game July 14.
Meanwhile, the Can-Am League should be feeling good that its Brockton, MA franchise has come up with a new management team and a new set of investors to stabilize the Rox. That actor-comedian Bill Murray is among the investors helps, and with Chris Carminucci now overseeing the business operations as well as returning to manage the club will be comforting to all concerned. His energy pumped new life and revenue into the Atlantic City franchise two years ago even though other forces took the Surf off the diamond.