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Provincial tourney could be at stake in dispute

The ongoing controversy between Softball Newfoundland and Labrador president Lloyd Power and former SNL finance director Bill Barron, who runs the St. John's senior men's league, has escalated to the point where this week's provincial senior men's fastpitch tournament may be in jeopardy.

On Wednesday night, SNL adult director Ross Crocker and Harold Kelly of West Side Charlies/Bud Light, who is also the St. John's league vice-president, met with Barron between games at Lions Park to give an update concerning the players' view on the provincial tournament scheduled to open tonight.

The ongoing controversy between Softball Newfoundland and Labrador president Lloyd Power and former SNL finance director Bill Barron, who runs the St. John's senior men's league, has escalated to the point where this week's provincial senior men's fastpitch tournament may be in jeopardy.

On Wednesday night, SNL adult director Ross Crocker and Harold Kelly of West Side Charlies/Bud Light, who is also the St. John's league vice-president, met with Barron between games at Lions Park to give an update concerning the players' view on the provincial tournament scheduled to open tonight.

Barron has been told by SNL he couldn't have anything to do with the provincial senior tourney because he is not a member in good standing with the association. Barron, in turn, threatened to run off a tournament without the provincial body's input and he was hoping for the players' full support.

After confirming to Barron that SNL will run the provincials, the teams agreed to come together either at the end of tournament or end of the season and do what they could to have the dispute resolved.

That wasn't good enough for Barron, who was extremely upset and didn't mince any words in showing his displeasure.

"That's giving into Power. That's no f----- balls, as far as I'm concerned. You put 50 years into this and you can't get backed on one thing," said Barron. "They (players) are worried about not going to the nationals and that's unfortunate. They haven't got the guts of a caplin and I'll tell every f---ing one of them that.

"All we have to do is to say to Power is either we're running the SNL tournament or we are running our own tournament," he told a players' rep. "It's as simple as that. I feel like walking out this door and telling you to take all of this and shove it because none of you have any guts. It's unfortunate that I've got to say that but..."

About two and a half hours after that exchange, the players were taking a slightly different stand.

Geographic location: St. John's, Lions Park

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  • BALL
    July 02, 2010 - 13:20

    If Mr. Barron is not a member in good standing then why is this going on. Mr. Barron needs to take a back seat, watch the tournament and let the games begin. Acting like a bunch of kids is not going to solve anything. Who said this kind of thing only happens in hockey.....lol??

  • Ball Player
    July 02, 2010 - 13:17

    Mr. Barron his been involved in this league for 50+ years and he deserves a lot more respect than he's getting from SNL president LLoyd Power. Maybe if Mr. Barron would of cut the check that Mr. Power wanted 4 years ago, without board approval I might add, he wouldn't be suspended today. I bet if Mr. Power was in gov. he'd be involved in the spending scandle. Lloyd Power is trying to be a dictator and should be ousted from SNL immediately.

  • Barry
    July 02, 2010 - 13:15

    From what I've been reading over the past few days, I think Bill Barron should take his bat and ball and go home.

  • Capture the Flag
    July 02, 2010 - 13:13

    Why does the Telegram write a controversial story without outlining the details of the suspension. As was reported there ahve been financial irregularities, but what are they. I suspect SNL want more money from a tournament that Barron hosted. Am I correct or did Barron and the St. John's league withhold Money from SNL. We need to have the details, dont let the public try to surmise the happenings. A good story ro report would let this all be known.

  • BALL
    July 01, 2010 - 20:02

    If Mr. Barron is not a member in good standing then why is this going on. Mr. Barron needs to take a back seat, watch the tournament and let the games begin. Acting like a bunch of kids is not going to solve anything. Who said this kind of thing only happens in hockey.....lol??

  • Ball Player
    July 01, 2010 - 19:57

    Mr. Barron his been involved in this league for 50+ years and he deserves a lot more respect than he's getting from SNL president LLoyd Power. Maybe if Mr. Barron would of cut the check that Mr. Power wanted 4 years ago, without board approval I might add, he wouldn't be suspended today. I bet if Mr. Power was in gov. he'd be involved in the spending scandle. Lloyd Power is trying to be a dictator and should be ousted from SNL immediately.

  • Barry
    July 01, 2010 - 19:55

    From what I've been reading over the past few days, I think Bill Barron should take his bat and ball and go home.

  • Capture the Flag
    July 01, 2010 - 19:52

    Why does the Telegram write a controversial story without outlining the details of the suspension. As was reported there ahve been financial irregularities, but what are they. I suspect SNL want more money from a tournament that Barron hosted. Am I correct or did Barron and the St. John's league withhold Money from SNL. We need to have the details, dont let the public try to surmise the happenings. A good story ro report would let this all be known.