While all eyes have been focused on the legal trouble the Rhode Island Rampage and Connecticut Constitution faced with the league, it turns out that they won’t be the only teams parting ways with the seemingly dysfunctional AUDL.
Steve Lienert, an AUDL referee and reporter for the Philadelphia Spinners, reports that the inaugural champions of the league, are leaving the AUDL for greener pastures.
The league’s structure, and the manner in which decisions are made, has come under much scrutiny in recent months from certain owners of the league. Indianapolis co-owner Tom Held, as recently as last month, was leaning toward leaving the league and possibly starting a rival organization.
Perhaps, the Spinners’ decision to leave is a culmination of discussions between the owners to, as Held suggested, leave the messy AUDL and take a stab at professional ultimate, having learned from the difficulties the former league faced. There are unconfirmed reports, via Ultiworld, of a rival league being in the works.
The players on the Spinners weren’t involved in the discussions about whether to leave the league. Rather, Spinners Coach/GM Jeff Snader informed them of the decision last week.
We’ll know tonight, when Snader sits down for an interview with Lienert.