Well, that didn't take long. The NXL Game turns serious. (See July archive) Word on the street is that Lanche is done--with the NXL. If correct it comes as no surprise. But it does create a real problem for the league. It's one thing for the NXL to replace teams during the off season but it's another thing completely to have teams drop out during the season. It impacts the organization of the league, alters the structure of the competition and creates the perception of instability. And of course the real problem is how much reality exists in the perception.
My view is the league would have been better served by keeping Lanche around, getting what fees they could squeeze outta Ed and then parting ways after Cup. Rumors are just that, rumors, but the actual factual dropping out of a team during the season undermines the league's integrity.
What's next? Each Pro League has a dropout with rumors of the prospects of more coming. There are other financially challenged NXL teams. There is at least one team with no financial issues that is also unsatisfied with the status quo (and that may be putting it mildly).
How does this get resolved, or does it?