Earlier today, the proposed NexGen league took another major step towards becoming a reality as Kevin Minderhout received a signed letter of intent from the last of the 18 teams included in his plan. After successfully meeting with the final holdout on Monday evening — at which time 17 of the 18 teams had already submitted signed letters — it seems that all of the necessary parties are now on-board and the NexGen league is ready to move forward with its next phase.
This is a developing story and Ultiworld will be providing updates throughout the day as more information comes in.
To provide context for this announcement, the following excerpt comes from our earlier reporting on this story:
“It’s important to realize that this is only one step of many,” said Minderhout in a statement. “A lot of work still needs to be done. When I met with teams I heard a lot of them saying ‘we want to work with USAU’, so we’re going to start there and proceed depending on where that conversation goes.”
Minderhout continues to stress his interest in partnering with USA Ultimate going forward. “I’d like to reiterate that I’m 100% committed to discussing all possible options for cooperation with USAU,” he wrote in an e-mail to team leaders. “I also believe for those discussions to be successful USAU will need to be clear on [its] objectives and specifically state what resources they are willing to commit to achieve those objectives.”
Top USA Ultimate administrators have yet to meet with Doublewide’s Kurt Gibson, who is acting as a liaison between teams and USAU. That meeting is scheduled for early this week.
The letters of intent that teams have signed only express an interest in Minderhout’s proposal. They are non-binding. We expect further news after teams meet with Boulder officials.