The Indoor Football League announced today that Commissioner Tommy Benizio has been offered and accepted a position as Co-Owner and President of the IFL's Allen Wranglers near Dallas, Texas.
was a co-founder of the Texas-based Intense Football League in 2003
which through a merger became the current IFL in 2008. He has served as
the first and only commissioner of the Indoor Football League since that
experience runs deep in team ownership and operations at the
professional minor-league level in both hockey and indoor/arena
football. This, along with his development of the Intense Football
League, made him an easy choice for league directors when filling the
position of the IFL's first Commissioner four years ago.
his appointment as IFL Commissioner, Benizio has overseen all
day-to-day activities of the league as well as spearheaded the growth of
the IFL in new markets across the country.
have been very pleased with this position and always considered it a
blessing. What I first took as a flattering gesture by the Wranglers
quickly became something that I wanted to consider and ultimately felt I
had to accept." stated Benizio, "I see such great potential in Allen
and am excited to remain part of the league that I have worked so hard
to build over nearly a decade."
will be joining Jon Frankel and Terrell Owens in ownership of the Allen
Wranglers and will also operate the business as well as represent the
team in league matters.
all hate to see Tommy leave as he has done a great job since our
inception but we are pleased that he will remain part of the IFL
Family", explained Arney Silvestri, Chairman of the IFL's Board of
Directors, "The timing is excellent for the league as the season is
underway and operating smoothly, as opposed to at the end of the
playoffs when the league is well into planning for expansion,
scheduling, and league meetings." The IFL will remain very solid.
a very capable staff in place the IFL will continue to operate as
normal. The IFL Board of Directors will start a search for Benizio's
replacement over the coming months.
league has been off to a record- setting start at the turnstiles and
continues to grow stronger each week. The IFL currently boasts 16 active
teams with commitments for new members in 2013 already coming in
starting with Charlotte, North Carolina. For further information on the
Indoor Football League, log onto www.GoIFL.com.