BY LUIS GRONDA
An upstart baseball league is looking to establish one of its teams in Queens.
The Independent Professional Baseball League is looking for a local investor to own a proposed baseball team that would play its home games in the Borough.
The IBL will be a league similar to the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball, which is an independent league not affiliated with Major League Baseball. There are three divisions for the IBL, the Eastern, Midwestern and Southern. At least four teams would be in each division and the Queens team would play in the Eastern division.
Dan Malley, Director of Operations for the IBL, said Queens is a highly diverse and populous borough and they would like to tap into that market for the league. He added that they would like to bring a cheaper option for Queens residents that may not be able to afford a Mets or a Yankees game.
“It’s about bringing affordable family entertainment to the average person,” Malley said.
He added they would like the owner to be from the area and someone who is familiar with the community that it would play in and the entire Borough as well.
They are still looking for an owner and are hopeful of finding someone that wants to invest in the team.
Malley even posted a rough estimate on their website, investinibl.com, to show a potential owner how much it would approximately cost to run the team. According to their website, it would cost about $64,000 for expenses related to the team including $20,000 for payroll and $10,000 for travel to away games.
Malley said he could not speak specifically about where the team would play, but he did say they are looking for a currently existing stadium to play in and not build a brand-new stadium in the Borough.
The league is expected to begin this summer, with the mid-western division starting play, and the eastern portion of the league is slated to start play next year, according to Malley.
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