January 14, 2013 by Charlie Eisenhood in News with 2 comments
Last Monday, USA Ultimate met with a number of team representatives from elite men’s teams who have signed letters of intent with the NexGen league, Ultiworld has learned.
USA Ultimate CEO Tom Crawford, Vice President Gwen Ambler, and Competitive Programs Managing Director Will Deaver met via Google+ Hangout with player representatives from Doublewide, Ring of Fire, Revolver, Ironside, Sockeye, and Johnny Bravo.
Ring of Fire captain Taylor Pope, who was on the call, said, “I think it was promising dialogue. It is evident that both parties are eager to communicate needs and desires.”
A team leadership committee is now being formed to continue negotiations with USAU, which held their biannual board meeting this weekend. That meeting was expected to include extensive discussion of the Monday meeting. We hope to have more information soon about the meeting, the minutes of which are public information. USA Ultimate has not responded to requests for comment in over a week.
NexGen’s Kevin Minderhout said earlier that he hoped to meet with board members this weekend. But emails to the board were returned with only a statement that all communication between NexGen and USAU must go through Deaver.
Deaver and Minderhout have not spoken since December.