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UBL OFFICIALS VISIT IN VANCOUVER AS LEAGUE TAKES NEXT STEPS
Published March 24, 1995
United Baseball League officials were in Vancouver on Thursday to meet with potential franchise owners. B.C. Pavilion Corp. President Warren Buckley, who represents B.C. Place in talks with the UBL, said they spoke with "more than one but less than five potential investors," and called the meetings "more positive than I expected." UBL Founder Dick Moss said they intend to have local ownership in Vancouver, but that there are U.S. investors willing to operate the team (Terry Bell, Vancouver PROVINCE, 3/24). The UBL's six charter franchises: Washington, New Orleans, San Juan, Vancouver, New York, and Southern CA. With the appointment of Mike Stone as UBL COO and the "firming up" of a deal with the Superdome, "the league seems to be getting its operational house in order," according to Lyndon Little of the VANCOUVER SUN. UBL Co-founder Bob Mrazek said that Orlando, Sacramento, Portland and Hartford are areas the league is looking at for its other two franchises. Mrazek said he is "convinced that the UBL will open with teams that will be better than the Marlins and Rockies were in their first year" (VANCOUVER SUN, 3/24).