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MASL dispute might prompt Blast to break away from expanded league

MASL dispute might prompt Blast to break away from expanded league

The Baltimore Blast host the San Diego Sockers on Friday night at Royal Farms Arena in a game between two teams – and their owners – who are also in a front-office tug of war that could lead to the breakup of the newly expanded league.

Blast owner Ed Hale said Thursday that his team likely will exit the two-year-old Major Arena Soccer League at the end of this season if team owners do not approve a change in the structure of the league to a franchise system that separates the financial liability of each club. That proposal was voted down at a recent owners meeting.

Hale and Sockers owner Phil Salvagio were the major players in the merger that created the...

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