BALTIMORE RETAINS ITS SPIRIT: SOCCER HARBORS NEW CHALLENGE
Edwin Hale, Sr. has entered an agreement to purchase
the NPSL Baltimore Spirit. Hale, Chair of 1st Mariner Bank,
said his immediate plans include changing the team name back
to the Baltimore Blast and continuing to play at the
Baltimore Arena (NPSL). In Baltimore, Lowell Sunderland
reports that Hale operated the Blast between '89-'92. Hale
said that at that time, "the league failed, not his team."
His Blast averaged 8,550 a game in those three years, but he
said he lost "about $30,000 a game." Hale did not disclose
financial details of the deal (Baltimore SUN, 3/31).