Kunion said the Hawkeyes’ suspension leaves the PGCBL with nine teams for the 2014 season, but other franchises have expressed interest in joining the league. He added the PGCBL will hold another conference call this week to discuss possible franchise additions.
“He’s a good owner and this was an opportunity for him to step back,” Kunion said of Hickey, whose team drew 599 fans per home game last season, which was up from 2011 and 2012. “What he’s done in Cooperstown has been exceptional considering what he’s had to work with.”
Kunion also said Hickey will be required to pay league dues during the suspension and should the Hawkeyes fail to find a new home for the 2015 season, they will be asked to leave the league, as per PGCBL rules.
“We are going to make every effort to (return to the PGCBL by 2015),” Hickey said, adding that PGCBL rules do not specify that a suspended team must leave the league if it doesn’t field a team the year after a suspension.
“That would come down to a vote by the board of directors,” Hickey said.
Daily Star Sports Editor Dean Russin, and staff writers Rob Centorani and Greg Klein compiled this report.