Regarding the new ASA Regional Pro League, let me play the "Devil's advocate" here. Let me preface this by stating, I sincerely hope these people can pull this off. The softball players of America deserve a good pro league where a largue number of players can make decent money! A leaue that will not take advantage of it's players!
To start off, does it have the resources to pay its draftees $175,000 per team (the NPF salary cap)? The top players are not going to join if they don't have some type of guarantee they will make the type of money they can with the NPF! So far what I am seeing, the NPF is not that worried about it!
I see the new league is offering "shares" to players who sign up (heck I may sign up myself ). But, those shares won't pay for the meals and essentials
these players need for the summer!
While it looks like the NPF will only be able to sign very few players (only 2 1/2 teams can "honestly" draft players) there will still be a lot of very good players out there. Can the new league sign the biggest names? It will need some to give it instant status!
Botton line is, I just don't know enough about the new league to really make judements this early! Like, what are its assets? Does it have enough money in the bank to finish the first season? Can it recruit big-time national sponsors? Or even enough "little/medium-time" sponsors? Can it promote itself and its players nationally? Heck, Google American Softball Assocation and all you get is the ASA, the ASBA is not listed! Can it make some stars in the league? Can the Mobile area support the league and its four teams?
I am pulling for it! So many question, so few answers!