Cavalry already charging towards investors

Sport. 27th October 2014. The new Canberra Cavalry CEO Donn McMichael.

The Canberra Times.

Photo Jamila Toderas
Sport. 27th October 2014. The new Canberra Cavalry CEO Donn McMichael. The Canberra Times. Photo Jamila Toderas

Canberra Cavalry boss Donn McMichael says he already has a couple of interested investors for the Australian Baseball League's most financially successful club.

McMichael backed Baseball Australia's plans for ABL expansion and move to sell off the six foundation clubs as franchises.

Baseball Australia revealed on Monday they would look to make the ABL an eight-team competition in 2019, while also looking for external backers for the clubs.

The ABL came extremely close to adding a Korean team for the upcoming season.

A Korean team would be favourites for one of the two expansion spots, with Japan another option.

McMichael said that would boost the profile and increase the revenue of the ABL, with Asian television rights likely to create valuable income for the league.

He said it would also open doors for Australians to play in the highly popular Asias leagues.

McMichael was already in discussions with two parties interested in becoming involved with the Cavalry.

"I think that's a really good model to adopt that will potentially bring some investors into the game, people who previously haven't been associated," he said on Tuesday.

"I've got at least two parties that are interested in having that early discussion ... there's some very live interest in the Cavalry."

McMichael was confident putting ABL clubs on the market wouldn't lead to the relocation of the Cavalry away from the smallest baseball populations in the league.

They begin their ABL campaign against reigning champions Brisbane in Brisbane on Thursday, as they look to return to play-offs after missing out last season.

"I have no concerns about that at all. [Baseball Australia boss] Cam Vale has made it very clear that he sees Canberra as a very strategic part of the league moving forward," he said.

"We've got a very strong baseball community here. We've got very good corporate support here. Our attendances are increasing ... we're in a healthy position."

???ABL ROUND ONE

Thursday: Canberra Cavalry v Brisbane Bandits in Brisbane, 7.30pm. Game 2 Friday 7.30pm, game three Saturday 4.30pm, game four Saturday 7.30pm.

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