December 14, 2012 by Charlie Eisenhood in Livewire with 1 comments
It took six months, but the AUDL finally reached a settlement with the two teams it sued in mid-June. While most of those involved are publicly smiling and saying they’re happy about the outcome, there’s probably still a lot of bad blood.
At the end of the day, the teams wanted a lot more than they got, which, according to Connecticut Constitution owner Bryan Ricci, was only enough to cover their legal fees. And the league thought the teams were wrong to try to block them from expanding into New York and Boston in the first place and didn’t want to pay them a dime.
It makes comments from the Constitution camp about possibly being involved in the AUDL next season sound pretty silly. While it’s unclear where the Constitution will play, since Major League Ultimate — the only other game in town — does not have a Hartford franchise planned, I’d be willing to bet a lot of money that they won’t be back in the AUDL.
But the assured tone of Ricci and General Manager John Korber about the 2013 season suggests the Constitution will indeed be playing somewhere. Unless they’re starting their own pro league, that suggests they’ll have some involvement in the MLU, right?