A New Professional Baseball League Coming in 2017

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 Locations under consideration:

Mississippi * Arkansas * Alabama * Texas


National Urban Professional Baseball League “NUPBL” (a Replica of Negro League Baseball).


Baseball in innercities is dying. There must be an avenue to give African American baseball players something to look forward to. African American baseball players have been denied the opportunity to play baseball in most cases on the high school, the collegiate and professional level. The NUPBL would afford African American baseball players the opportunity to play baseball on a professional level while at the same time being financially compensated.


“A few years ago a little league baseball team from the Southside of Chicago by the name of Jackie Robinson West captured the hearts and soul of the nation. Most importantly they captured the heart and soul of the African American community around the world. We want this league the NUPBL to capture the heart and soul of the nation and mostly importantly the hearts and the souls of the African American community. We are looking for excitement, enthusiasm and support from the African American Community for this league from the East, the West, the North and the South,” said Coach Mike Mayden.


Mayden said the league will be dedicated to the generations of baseball players who were denied the opportunity to play baseball because of factors other than their ability to play the game of baseball. The African American baseball players have been limited in their opportunity to participate in the game of baseball “America’s Pastime”.

“While this league in ‘NO WAY’ will be limited to only African America players, we will seek out the best baseball players from across the United State and the World regardless of their ethnic backgrounds.  We will form the teams by selecting players from across the United State and the World to make up these teams by way of open try-outs to be held at a number of sites,” said Mayden, urging those interested to refer to their website for dates & locations.


“The creation of this League is a business venture designed to provide family entertainment. FACTS: over 1.2 trillion dollar in black wealth flows through the African American community annually. African American churches spend over $300 billion dollars annually in this economy. The black dollar is an untapped dollar in the professional sports market. The creating of this professional baseball league would allow us tap into the flow of that 1.2 trillion dollars in untapped wealth that flows through the black community annually, while at the same time creating jobs, economic development and entrepreneurship,” Coach Mike Mayden added.


General League Information: 

The league initial conception will consist of 4 teams (with future plans for expansion)

90-game schedule

May thru August in addition to league play-offs

45 away games/45 home games

6 games per week

Targeted ages are 17 years old and older (players which have completed or will be completing their high school eligibility)

The players in this League will be paid

Tryouts will start in June 2017

Fall team in Arizona September-October 2017

The league officially starts in the spring of 2018


All players interested in trying out for a team should visit our website at www.urbanbaseball247.com or call (773) 517-2175 for additional information.


Michael E. Mayden (The Coach)

(773) 744-1040 cell * E-mail: coachmayden@aol.com

Web-site: www.nupbl.com 



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