The Winnipeg Goldeyes are going to join the American Association, along with three other Northern League teams that didn't make the split years back. This is pretty good news if you're a Goldeyes fan, because now you can see some more variety in terms of competition, and it rekindles the old rivalry with St Paul.
Winnipeg seems to be the only Canadian team in the American Association, wonder how that will work out. Probably fine as the league has revenue sharing and Winnipeg should bring in a decent revenue. Also the salary cap will be somewhat lower, so they'll save a bit of money there too.
Its a shame that they couldn't simply absorb/merge with the whole Northern League more fluidly (though in essence a merger is whats happening), but there you go. I've always liked the name Northern League and I'll miss it, but lets be honest, the last few years the competition has been rather uninspired.
I doubt the Northern League is in much of a position to do anything through legal channels to the remaining teams. They weren't able to do anything to the previous teams that left 4 or 5 years ago if I recall correctly.