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1979 Las Vegas Seagulls

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Las Vegas Seagulls ProgramAmerican Soccer League (1979)

Born: 1978 – ASL expansion franchise.
Folded: Postseason 1979

Stadium: Las Vegas Silver Bowl

Team Colors:

Owner:

ASL Championships: None

 

The Las Vegas Seagulls were a 2nd Division pro soccer club that lasted just one season in the American Soccer League in the summer of 1979.

The team was troubled from the start, firing head coach Orlando DiNitto just two games into the 1979 season. The Seagulls’ roster was heavy on Argentinean imports. One of the Argentines, midfielder Raul Carrizo, took over for DiNitto and guided the Gulls through the remainder of a grim campaign as player-coach.  The Seagulls finished in last place in the ASL’s Western Conference with a 7-18-3 record.

The Seagulls went the way of the passenger pigeon at the end of the 1979 season.  Other attempts to establish pro soccer in Vegas during this era met with equally swift deaths.  The Las Vegas Quicksilvers lasted but a single season in the North American Soccer League in 1977.  Like the Seagulls, the Quicksilvers played in the broiling hot Silver Bowl.  The Las Vegas Americans set up shop at the Thomas & Mack Center in the Major Indoor Soccer League in the winter of 1984-85 but went bankrupt after one season.

 

==Las Vegas Seagulls Programs on Fun While It Lasted==

Season Date Opponent Score Program Other
1979  7/21/1979 @ Los Angeles Skyhawks ?? Program

 

==In Memoriam==

Seagulls forward Victor Arbelaez remained in Las Vegas and coached at Bishop Gorman high school for 22 seasons. He collapsed and died during a Bishop Gorman practice in October 2007 at age 54. Las Vegas Sun obituary.

 

 ==Links==

American Soccer League Media Guides

American Soccer League Programs

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Written by andycrossley

July 15th, 2015 at 3:27 pm

1979-80 Utica Olympics

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Utica OlympicsContinental Basketball Association (1979-1980)

Born: 1979 – CBA expansion franchise.
Moved: Postseason 1980 (Atlantic City Hi Rollers)

Arena: Utica Memorial Auditorium

Team Colors:

Owner:

 

The Utica Olympics were a short-lived minor league basketball team in upstate New York.  The club existed for just a single season in the winter of 1979-80, competing in the Continental Basketball Association.

The Olympics finished in last place in the CBA’s Southern Division with a 15-31 record.

Professional basketball has never returned to Utica since the Olympics’ demise in 1980.

 

==Links==

Continental Basketball Association Media Guides

Continental Basketball Association Programs

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Written by andycrossley

July 1st, 2015 at 11:20 pm

1983 Nashua Angels

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1983 Nashua Angels ProgramEastern League (1983)

Born: December 1982 – The Holyoke Millers relocate to Nashua, NH.
Re-Branded: Postseason 1983 (Nashua Pirates)

Stadium: Holman Stadium (6,000)

Team Colors:

Owners: Jerome Mileur, Ben Surner & George Como

 

The Nashua Angels were a farm club of the California Angels that competed for just one season in the Class AA Eastern League during the summer of 1983.  The franchise moved from Holyoke, Massachusetts one week before Christmas in 1982.

The team finished in sixth place in the eight-team Eastern League with a 60-80 record in 1983.  Prominent future Major Leaguers on the club included pitcher Kirk McCaskill and outfielder Devon White.

Following the 1983 season, the Angels departed and were replaced by the Pittsburgh Pirates as Nashua’s Major League parent club.  The Nashua Pirates played three more seasons in the Eastern League (1984-1986) before moving the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania in late 1986.

 

==Links==

Eastern League Media Guides

Eastern League Programs

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Written by andycrossley

June 1st, 2015 at 7:34 pm

2010 Orlando Titans

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Orlando TitansNational Lacrosse League (2010)

Born: August 11, 2009 – The New York Titans relocate to Orlando.
Folded: August 2010.

Arena: Amway Arena (13,680)

Team Colors: Navy & Orange

Owner: Gary Rosenbach

 

The Orlando Titans were brief visitors to the Central Florida pro sports scene, managing only a single season at Amway Arena in the winter of 2010.  The franchise was founded by hedge fund manager Gary Rosenbach as the New York Titans in 2006 and spent three seasons in New York and New Jersey before shifting to Orlando in August 2009.

The Titans were a successful club on the carpet.  The club made it to the National Lacrosse League championship game in 2009 during its final season in New York.  In Orlando, the Titans won the East Division with an 11-5 record and advanced to the Champions Cup semi-finals, where they lost to the Toronto Rock. Casey Powell was named the NLL’s 2010 Most Valuable Player and Matt Vinc earned 2010 Goaltender-of-the-Year honors.

Off the field, the franchise bled red ink in both New York and Orlando.  Rosenbach bought the expansion rights for $3M in 2006 at the peak of the National Lacrosse Leauge’s franchise valuation bubble.  Shortly before the Titans shifted from New York to Orlando in the summer of 2009, Rosenbach resigned from Galleon Group, the $7B hedge fund that he co-founded in 1997.  In October of that year, Galleon exploded in spectacular fashion when Rosenbach’s former partner and co-founder Raj Rajaratnam was arrested and charged with insider trading violations, along with several other Galleon traders. Rajaratnam was eventually sentenced to 11 years in prison in one of the rare Wall Street criminal prosecutions of the Great Recession era.  Rosenbach was never charged.

Shortly after the 2010 season ended, Rosenbach either withdrew or substantially reduced his support for the Titans, throwing the team’s future into question.  In August 2010, the NLL confirmed that the Titans would sit out the 2011 season in an attempt to re-organize financially.  Rosenbach formally put the team up for sale for $1.4M a week later, which was less than half what he paid for the expansion rights four years earlier. There were no takers and the Titans were effectively out of business at that point.

 

==Links==

National Lacrosse League Media Guides

National Lacrosse League Programs

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Written by andycrossley

May 31st, 2015 at 5:46 pm

1991-92 Birmingham Bandits

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Birmingham BanditsContinental Basketball Association (1991-1992)

Born: May 1, 1991 – The Pensacola Tornados relocate to Birmingham, AL.
Died: May 28, 1992 – The Bandits relocate to Rochester, MN.

Arena: Bill Harris State Fair Arena

Team Colors:

Owner: Tom McMillan

 

The Birmingham Bandits reside in our One-Year Wonder file of doomed minor league basketball teams.

Alabama businessman Tom McMillan and his wife Jane acquired the Pensacola Tornados franchise in the Continental Basketball Association in June 1989.  The Tornados routinely dwelled near the bottom of the CBA box office rankings, so McMillan and wife moved the team to Birmingham in the spring of 1991.  The team fared even worse in Alabama, finishing dead last in attendance in the 17-team league during the 1991-92 winter season.

On the court, the Bandits were reasonably competitive.  The team finished the regular season 25-31, which was good enough to sneak into the 1992 CBA playoffs. The Bandits were eliminated by the Quad City Thunder in the quarterfinal round in March 1992.  By this time, McMillan was actively seeking to unload the team to anyone who might take it.

McMillan announced a deal to sell the team to Rochester, Minnesota interests in May 1992.  As originally announced, McMillan would hold onto a token stake in the team, which would henceforth be known as the Rochester Renegade. However, his new investors quickly backed away, leaving the Alabaman in control of the money losing club yet again.  McMillan finally managed to get out of the CBA in 1994, selling the former Tornados/Bandits/Renegade franchise to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania man who promptly capsized it within the space of nine months.

 

==Links==

Continental Basketball Association Media Guides

Continental Basketball Association Programs

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