Well, it’s going to be a busy Wednesday in the world of minor league indoor football, as two teams are on the move, one joining a new league, and another moving to a new city and arena, but keeping the same name.
Let’s get caught up on all the latest happenings around minor league indoor football.
Sioux Falls Storm officially heading to CIF
Popping up online very late Tuesday night was this brief story from KSFY in Sioux Falls, confirming what had been speculated for most of the summer: The Sioux Falls Storm are leaving the IFL and joining Champions Indoor Football. With the move, as well as the still not “official” move of Wichita Falls to the league, CIF is currently at 15 teams for the 2018 season, while IFL is down to just five.
There is a press conference today at 3 p.m. where the team will announce the move.
To be honest, this move feels like a long time coming for Sioux Falls, and the only shocker to me is that more teams from the IFL didn’t also join CIF. It’s a cheaper league as far as player salaries go, and for every team still in IFL (with the exception of Arizona), it would cut down a ton on travel with most of the teams being midwest- and Texas-based.
Since starting in 2000, the Storm have NEVER had a losing season, playing across three different leagues (that were all sort of what is today the IFL), going an astounding 240-57 including playoffs, and racking up 10 championships, including six in a row from 2011 to 2016.
With the IFL’s best franchise jumping ship, it really does not bode well for the future of the IFL. Yes, Arizona and Iowa still remain, and they led the league in attendance last year by a mile, and could jump to something like NAL or AFL in a hurry and nobody would mind, but the future of the other three teams in Green Bay, Cedar Rapids, and Nebraska are the bigger questions.
Again, with the geographical proximity they have to the rest of CIF, I would not be shocked if those three joined the league for 2018 or 2019. And if there is a 2018 IFL season, it could very well be the last one, as expansion rumors for the league have been quiet as well.
Texas Revolution moves to Frisco, TX
Fresh off capturing the CIF title this past season, the defending champion Texas Revolution are moving from Allen, Texas to Frisco, Texas and Frisco’s Sport City, USA complex, which features offices, practice facilities and arenas for pretty much every sport in the Dallas area.
The Revolution will play its games at the Dr. Pepper Arena, and will hold a press conference today at 12:30 p.m. to announce the move.
Personally, at least from what I’ve seen from games online, this is a good move. Despite being the best team in the league and having more players with past NFL/CFL experience than any other in CIF, the crowds in Frisco were paltry, with maybe 1,000 people in the stands at each game. It’ll be interesting to see how the crowds are in Frisco, but with it being such a big area for pro sports, it certainly can’t hurt their cause.
NAL team in Boston gets nickname
One of the expansion teams that will be hitting the field in the National Arena League next year finally has a name.
The Boston franchise has been named the Boston Brawlers, according to OurSportsCentral.com.
If that name sounds familiar, it’s because that was the same name of the FXFL (Fall Experimental Football League) team that Boston had, which lasted all of one year.
NAL files trademark for New York team
Keeping with NAL news, the league is currently at 11 teams after two folded and five expansion teams were added. But that may be changing soon as the league has apparently filed a trademark for a team in New York by the name of the…New York Dragons.
Now, any Arena Football League fan will recognize that name, because it was the exact same name of the AFL team that played on Long Island at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum from 2001 to 2008. The team was meh during it’s time on Long Island before it folded following the cancellation of the 2009 season, but was successful at the box office, averaging over 10,000 fans per game during its eight-year run.
Now, there is no other info on that link above as to where they might play, or if that is even going to be the official team name, but it’s a bold move by the NAL to file for a trademark in New York, especially considering that the AFL is rumored to be adding two teams in the New York and New Jersey areas.
So yeah, that’s where we’re at after another crazy week in the world of minor league indoor football, where the teams change leagues, cities, and names at the drop of a hat!