By Anthony Caruso III
Posted: May 24th, 2014 at 6:27 pm EST
The Baltimore Mariners have released a statement as to why they had to cancel their game at the Baltimore Arena tonight.
Yesterday, the team left many people hanging by just cancelling the game. Now, it is confirmed that the game was put in jeopardy after a dispute between the Mariners and the Arena.
“While both sides worked hard to try to resolve the issue time was not on its side and a decision had been made that was in the best interest for Mariner ticket holders and the visiting team Atlanta Sharks travel plans,” the team said in a statement. “While the AIF was not a party in the dispute between the arena and the Mariners, they were in communication with both parties offering input and support throughout the process. With the cancellation of tonight’s game, the Atlanta Sharks will be given a win and the Mariners a loss.”
The Mariners are now on a two-game losing streak with the forfeit tonight. Last week, they lost to the Cape Fear Heroes, 57-47.
The team and the Arena have to get their dispute under control by next Saturday. That’s when the Mariners are slated to face the Cleveland Patriots at 7 pm.
“Baltimore had already secured the number two seed in the 2014 AIF playoffs and tonight’s game had no bearing on the playoff seeding,” the statement continued. “After careful discussions, the AIF had with the ownership of the Mariners and other interested parties, and with the fact that the leagues only game next week, Cleveland at Baltimore, had no bearing on the league regular season outcome. The AIF and the Baltimore Mariners have decided to end the regular season early by a week and cancel the Baltimore vs. Cleveland game and go directly into the playoffs.”
The AIF will now have to release their 2014 playoff bracket and seeding early this week. Those that bought tickets to the May 31st game through Ticketmaster, the Arena box office, or the Mariners directly will now be eligible for a refund.