Hey, it’s time for our favorite thing at HOTSPROTSTAKES: Ranking the logos of some obscure sports league you’ve never heard of! Continue reading HOTSPROTSTAKES STAFF POLL (With special guest @RossWB!): Ranking the logos of the National Arena League
With roughly two weeks until the start of the indoor/arena football season the sport has never been on shakier ground. Teams are folding on the eve of the season, other leagues are suing each other, blocking teams from playing, or have a laughable number of teams left to play the upcoming season. Continue reading The entire sport of arena/indoor football is a damn mess
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. Continue reading Minor league indoor football news and rumor roundup: Sioux Falls Storm joining CIF
Another busy week for the minor league indoor football off-season, with Champions Indoor Football adding a team Wednesday, but also unexpectedly losing one, the National Arena League’s application deadline passing on Monday, and more rumors swirling about the future of the Indoor Football League. Continue reading Minor league indoor football news/rumor roundup: CIF adds and loses a team on the same day
The four new cities that were granted NAL franchises, per the NAL Facebook page and website, are Richmond, Virginia; Boston, Massachusetts; Providence, Rhode Island; and Orlando, Florida. Continue reading National Arena League adds four teams for 2018 season
You could see a league drop down to just three teams this off-season, and likely send them scrambling to other leagues just to keep playing, or, the more likely scenario, is they will lose 3-4 teams, find 3-4 suckers to join in for a season or two to keep the league and its big team afloat, then repeat the dance all over again. Continue reading The Indoor Football League appears to be in big trouble
Since the start of minor league indoor football season, news has been pretty dry.
It’s still early in the season, some teams that will probably fold after or during the season are still hanging onto the dream, and wild stories about players bouncing from league to league in search of glory haven’t surfaced yet.
But today, we have some pretty dang good minor league indoor football league news.
There was a time where the start of the Arena Football League season was a big deal.
At its peak, there were 19 teams across the county, nearly 13,000 fans per game, TV contracts with ESPN and NBC, large player salaries and even video games.
Those days are long gone, but the league lives on, barely, and starts its 30th season tonight looking more to the future while trying to put a rough six years behind them.
One of my favorite things about minor league indoor football isn’t so much the quality of play or seeing former D1 players slum it out in those leagues, but the crazy stories that come with these leagues.
The players make very little money, leagues fold and form up every year, teams fold, move, or re-open every year, and with it comes a lot of crazy stories.
One of my favorites was a team who paid its coach one cent on his last paycheck. Another was a quarterback from San Jose State traveling to the midwest and signing with two teams, only to learn that both had folded once he got there.
Today, I have a great rumor that I really want to be true. And I stress, ***THIS IS ONLY A RUMOR***, and I have no real proof of this being true.
The National Arena League announced Monday afternoon that minor league indoor football will make its return to Trenton, New Jersey in 2018 with the expansion Jersey Flight.
The league made the announcement on its Facebook page, after kicking off its inaugural season this past weekend.