Baltimore Blast owner Ed Hale plans to remove team from MASL, form new league

The Baltimore Blast plans to be on the move. Again.

Disappointed by the Major Arena Soccer League's single-entity business plan as well as the lack of stability with many of its franchises, Blast owner Ed Hale Sr. plans to leave the 20-team league at the conclusion of the season and has begun work on the creation of a new league, the Indoor Professional League.


The IPL will have a franchisor/franchisee business plan that will be headquartered in Baltimore County with Hale serving as the original franchisor.

"It will start the day after the last ball is kicked and the [MASL] championship has been decided," Hale said.


The Blast, which hosts the Missouri Comets on Friday night, is in its second season in the MASL and is currently in first place in the Eastern Division with a 13-2 mark. Since Hale bought the team back in 1998 (he was an owner of the original Major Indoor Soccer League team in the early 1980s), the team has played in five different leagues with the third version of the MISL preceding the current MASL.

Hale said all the necessary paperwork has been filed to move forward on the new venture. He has invited up to 15 potential franchises — the majority also currently playing in the MASL — and expects at least 10 to come aboard. If it becomes a successful endeavor, he would invite other franchise owners to join him in the franchisor role.

Hale has been a driving force in keeping professional indoor soccer alive with this being the 36th straight season of play in Baltimore. No city has a longer string. To keep the tradition alive, he believes a new and improved league is necessary with the MASL not delivering a sound foundation.

"It's a little bit more than a dry business," he said. "This is pretty acrimonious — big time — but I want to make it right.I'm 69 years old and I don't want to continue going like this or have it be half-ass like it's been."