Fresh off leaving Champions Indoor Football the River City Raiders, based out of St. Charles, Missouri, appear to have landed on their feet and joined a new league.
River City was reportedly kicked out of CIF for not paying its league fees, this after trying to join the CIF because it’s previous league, American Indoor Football, folded after the 2016 season.
Well the Raiders have found their way to the upstart Arena Pro Football, where they will be the eighth member for the 2017 season, likely rounding out the league for the upcoming season, and giving APF a well established member of the minor league indoor football community.
So to recap, in less than one calendar year, the River City Raiders will have been a member of three different minor league indoor football leagues.
From the River City Facebook page:
“We are thrilled at the opportunity to field a team in the APF for the 2017 season,” said team Vice President of Football Operations Lin Hart Jr. “I know our coaches, players and staff are excited to have an opportunity to improve your River City Raiders product on and off the field in 2017.”
The Raiders have existed since 2012 in some form, first as the Missouri Monsters, then the St. Louis Attack, and then River City in 2016.
The Raiders went 7-2 in the final season of the AIF, and reached the playoffs.
The other seven teams listed on the APF website are the Savannah (Ga.) Coastal Outlaws, Myrtle Beach (SC) Sharks, Birmingham (AL) Outlawz, Richmond (VA) Rough Riders, Cape Fear (NC) Wildcats, Florida Tarpons and something called Alabama 2017, which leads me to believe there will be a second Alabama franchise that has yet to be announced or named.
River City’s first game will be March 11 at home against Birmingham.