Here is a thought. Collectors are going to have the better quality and working games. Why not have the fun league at each others' houses?
I would be in the same boat here in southern MN. There is very little to play in the wild and what is there is crap.
Not sure a league will ever work down here either. It's hard to get people to commit to taking the time with their families and other commitments. Guess i'll be content with the occasional party and casual play with local friends.