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BETHLEHEM, PA - Sources close to the NoiseNation fan group, authors of the award-winning Horn and Bell Blog, have revealed this morning that the group has elected free agency after being denied fan-arbitration by all of the Lehigh Valley Professional Sports Franchises. With six years experience, the group was eligible for fan-arbitration starting in 2014 but has elected to explore other fan opportunities.
Reached at the home offices in Bethlehem, PA, the columnist known only as “Kram” stated, “We enjoy all that we do as fans and group members. But unfortunately, it’s a business. This isn’t our favorite part, but it is necessary. We love the Lehigh Valley and our fellow fans here, but we do have responsibilities to our families.” Asked if the fan group would consider the so-called “home town discount” Kram would say only, “We’ll see. We have to see what our options are and let the chips fall where they may.”
We caught up with The Artist Known As DiPro at the Black Forest Deli in Bethlehem. He refused comment, stating only, “I do what I do. We have people who handle this stuff. Stroganoff. “
The NoiseNation Fan Group is represented by the so-called “Joe-Rob Corp.” An official statement from the agency this morning read: “The NoiseNation Fan Group has done so much for the Lehigh Valley Professional Sports scene. Considering the number of blog reports, NoiseNationTV including the Piggy Patrol, the NoiseCast Podcast, and the awards they’ve won, we’re not sure there’s anything more to be done for the Lehigh Valley. We’ll listen to all offers and we’re not ruling out a return, but we need to test the market in order to determine our client’s value. We were surprised not to receive a fan-arbitration ruling. We expect to have a decision in the coming weeks.”
The free-agency period ends July 1, so it is expected that the group would have an agreement in place by then. The editor and president of NoiseNation, Dan, was unavailable at press time. A recording from his office suggested that the Seahawks had won a football game and that he may be on his way to Disney World, but the details were not clear.
The NoiseNation Fan Group has supported and reported on all of the Lehigh Valley Professional Sports Franchises, including the IronPigs, Phantoms, SteelHawks, Velodrome, Rollergirls, and others since 2008. Sources suggest that with the high cost of travel including gasoline prices and hotel accommodations, that despite high ticket prices, the fan group would probably accept the so-called “home town discount.” However, the source did allow that a newly-refurbished stadium in Moosic could lure the group. Baseball is also available in nearby Reading as well as Trenton, NJ. There are hockey arenas in Reading, Wilkes-Barre, Binghamton, NY, and Hershey, PA. There are two new PIFL football teams in Trenton and Harrisburg this year.
We’re playin’. But keep in mind, as fans, we’re all free agents. Always. Free to choose which teams to support with our time, money and hearts. There are no contractual obligations.