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ECHL RENEGADES ASKED TO PONY UP AND JOIN THE AHL
Published March 15, 1995
The ECHL's Richmond Renegades were one of five ECHL teams formally asked to join the AHL. But a "sticking point" appears to be money, with the AHL apparently asking for a "substantial" expansion fee, reportedly in the high six figures. ECHL teams had been led to believe that they would not have to pay a high fee to become members of the AHL, according to the RICHMOND TIMES-DISPATCH. The AHL will allow ECHL teams to pay an expansion fee over time, but sources say the AHL is not giving them "long to think about the proposal." Charlotte and Greensboro are "virtual locks" to join the AHL, while others "aren't as anxious." Charlotte President Carl Scheer said he has "no choice" but to move, citing the IHL's inquiries about setting up an expansion franchise in Charlotte. Scheer: "The IHL has been very aggressive all over the country. ... We just have to protect our territory and we're being forced into some early decisions" (John Packett, RICHMOND TIMES-DISPATCH, 3/14).