People would have been more likely to attend Newark Bears games if they had been an I. L. franchise, and a farm team for the Yankees or Mets, IMO. That way, fans could have, at more reasonable prices, seen players who were either future or previous MLB players that they had some interest in. The Can-Am league is an independent minor league, is it not? Newark, and Metro New Jersey has been, at times, considered a spot for expansion; seeing anonymous minor leaguers is unlikely to be the cup of tea for folks who'd be interested in minor league baseball in Newark.
"I do not care if half the league strikes. Those who do it will encounter quick retribution. All will be suspended and I don't care if it wrecks the National League for five years. This is the United States of America and one citizen has as much right to play as another. The National League will go down the line with Robinson whatever the consequences. You will find if you go through with your intention that you have been guilty of complete madness."
NL President Ford Frick, 1947