Lawsuit Divides Texas Collegiate Baseball League and Owners.Local High-Profile Owners Targeted
DALLAS -- The Texas Collegiate Baseball League Ltd. (TCBL TCBL Tawas City Branch Library (Tawas City, MI) ), comprised of nine baseball teams, is suing seven of its own teams, their owners and investors, including former baseball professional Todd Van Poppel Todd Matthew Van Poppel (born December 9, 1971, in Hinsdale, Illinois) was a Major League Baseball pitcher who played for the Oakland Athletics (, -), Detroit Tigers (1996), Texas Rangers (, -), Pittsburgh Pirates (1998), Chicago Cubs (-), and Cincinnati Reds (2003-). . The lawsuit, filed in the Tarrant County District Court, claims several investors "conspired" to take control of the league.
Over a period of four years, TCBL, created and principally owned by Gerald Haddock, became ranked as the second intercollegiate baseball league in the nation. Despite the league's non-profit designation, the teams have accused Haddock of running TCBL to maximize profits by charging high subscription fees, making it impossible for the owners to make money or breakeven. Some of the teams have lost money in the range of six-figures.
"TCBL ran the summer baseball league in such a manner that caused losses," said Stephen A. Kennedy, of counsel at Sessions Lambert Selwyn, the law firm representing the teams, owners and investors. "Our goal is to bring summer college baseball back to the community and allow the owners and investors to run the teams in a more just manner."
The owners attempted to negotiate a deal with TCBL to continue playing baseball and breakeven. The league refused and, after negotiations failed, the teams exercised their contractual rights to terminate their contracts with the TCBL.
"We are disappointed and surprised by the lawsuit filed by TCBL against the teams and individuals," said Jim Leslie, investor in the Denton Collegiate Baseball Club. "We have each spent considerable time and money on the teams and the league purely for the love of the game and to provide both our towns and top college players with summer baseball."
As a result of the actions by the TCBL, none of the teams in their current form will continue. As an alternative, many of the investors have openly discussed creating a new summer collegiate baseball league owned and operated by the teams, rather than a league, and managing it in a more equitable manner, similar to how most baseball leagues, including the MLB MLB Major League Baseball
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"TCBL was aware that we were steadily losing money each season, yet they continued to charge tens of thousands of dollars in yearly fees," said Jeff Najork, general manager of the Duncanville Deputies.
Several of the teams will file an answer in state court and file a second lawsuit in federal court. In the new lawsuit, being filed by law firm Sessions Lambert Selwyn, the teams are seeking a declaratory judgment declaratory judgment
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"It is unfortunate that the number two intercollegiate baseball league in the nation will fold," said Kennedy. "The biggest losers are the true fans and players."
The TCBL lawsuit is against seven teams as well as their outside investors, including: Jim Leslie, Denton Collegiate Baseball Club, LP d/b/a Denton Outlaws; Jeff Najork, Labrador, LLC (Logical Link Control) See "LANs" under data link protocol.
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