CHICO, Calif. - The Chico Heat will not be playing in the 2019 season as The Great West League has announced that it will be suspending operations.
The announcement of suspension is effective immediately. According to Heat management, Great West League decided to stop operations after it became apparent that some of the teams in the six-team league were not pulling their weight financially.
"Three of the teams within the league did not fulfill either all or a portion of their financial obligations to the league," said George Laver, assistant general manager for the Chico Heat.
This forced other management groups within the league to cover those expenses.
"The expenses were occurring whether the teams paid them or not," Laver said.
Heat officials said that the increased minimum wage led to an increase in the cost of operation.
However, despite the additional financial burdens, the Chico Heat still planned to field a team in the summer of 2019.
The Heat played at Nettleton Stadium at Chico State, and served as a model for the league, advancing to the league championship series in all three seasons. They won the league title as well in 2016.
The Chico Heat ownership and management thanked many different entities on its website including sponsors, fans, host families, coaches and employees.
The Heat will have a going-out-of-business sale on merchandise Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the administrative offices. An equipment sale will be held on Saturday, Oct. 6 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.