The NAL will launch this spring.
NAL is Merger of Golden Baseball League, Northern League and United League Baseball
A new player is entering the world of minor league baseball, with the entrance of the North American League (NAL) onto the sports scene. The NAL is officially a merger of the Golden Baseball League, Northern League and United League Baseball, and the new league will be operated by Diamond Sports & Entertainment.
"This is an exciting opportunity for the teams of these three leagues", said Kevin Outcalt, Chief Executive of Diamond Sports & Entertainment. "This will provide more value to our marketing and business partners, more exposure for our players to advance their careers, and increased excitement and fun for the fans of all of our ball clubs. In addition, the business advantages of league-wide advertising and sponsor revenue, collective/volume purchasing to lower costs, and shared best practices amongst the teams in the league should drive additional profitability for the North American League member clubs."
The NAL roster will consist of somewhere between 16-20 teams in 2011, and planned expansion is underway for 2012. The regular season slate will consist of 92-100 games, followed up by playoffs and the North American Championship Series.
"This is an excellent move for the Northern League," Northern League Commissioner Clark Griffith stated. "By becoming part of this new league, we will enjoy benefits that can't be found anywhere else in minor league baseball and some exciting opportunities that were never available in the Northern League in the past."
The three leagues will continue to operate regionally for 75% of the regular league schedule, and 25% of each team’s slate will consist of cross-over games.
"The United League is pleased to announce it is becoming part of North American League Baseball,” President Byron Pierce remarked. “By doing so, the United League will be able to bring a national presence and the rich tradition of three leagues to each of our United League cities, while maintaining our regional rivalries and identity."
Additional information about the NAL can be found online by visiting www.NorthAmericanLeague.com or following the league on Twitter @NALBaseball.