Farough: John Kastner on IBL 2021
This time last year the IBL was staring down the loss of their first season in league history, fast forward to today and just like the daily updates of the COVID-19 pandemic, things are much different. With the statement today from IBL Commissioner John Kastner, the IBL is in a much more optimistic frame of mind.
Remember at this time last season, two-member clubs had already informed the league they would not be fielding teams and as of April 22nd, all eight-member clubs are fully committed to a return to the field at some point this summer.
The IBL is a regional league, driven by its fans that enter the gates at the eight Southern Ontario stadiums. With that, the league simply cannot operate without a small percentage of attendance (in most cases as low as 10% capacity).
"As the IBL is a gate driven league, a modest percentage of capacity is required before we can start our regular season and it is our hope that with vaccinations and the following of health measures, that we will be able to see at least a small percentage of fans at home games," said Commissioner Kastner.
With the announcement of several revised start dates, Kastner sat down with IBL On Deck Host, Jackson Farough to talk about the range of options in front of the league as it works to stage its season, its talks with the government and why the league has some real optimism heading into the summer.