Friday, June 29, 2012

LSFL Championship Game To Also Feature Concerts

Pre-game festivities to the first Texas Shoot Out, the Lone Star Football League's championship game on July 21 at Foster Communications Coliseum, will feature two concerts performed by three top-selling artists.
All-inclusive tickets for tailgating activities, the concerts and the game are available beginning July 2 for $25 at Bug Express, 2210 Austin St.; the McNease Convention Center, 500 Rio Concho Drive; Blair's Western Wear, 4230 Sherwood Way; and Goodfellow Air Force Base's ITT office; online at; or by calling (325) 658-6464. Tickets to the game only are $15. Tickets to the concert only are $25.
A tailgating party that includes a chili cook-off, inflatable bounce houses for children, and more will begin at 3 p.m. Friday, July 20, in the Foster Communications Coliseum parking lot, 50 E. 43rd St. The party will be followed at 8 p.m. by a Texas country music concert headlined by Zach Edwards in the Coliseum.
A Big Lake native, Edwards released his second album, "LoneStar," on June 3. His first album, "Cowboy Crew," yielded the hit, "You Look Better on MySpace."
The tailgating continues on game day, Saturday, July 21. Doors to the Coliseum will open at 3:30 p.m. for a concert featuring native San Angeloan and pop star Paula Deanda and the Paulitics, and the hip-hop duo the Ying Yang Twins.
Deanda was signed to an Arista Records contract by famed record exec Clive Davis. In 2006, she released her self-titled debut album, spawning a top 20 hit, "Walk Away (Remember Me)." Deanda will also sing the national anthem and perform during halftime of the game.
The Ying Yang Twins are best known for party anthems and top 40 hits such as "Salt Shaker," "What's Happ'nin!," "Shake" and "Badd." The New Orleans Saints play their song "Halftime" after most touchdowns. The Twins released a greatest hits album in 2009. Their new single, "Fist Pump, Jump Jump," will be released on iTunes on July 3.
Deanda and the Ying Yang Twins will be available to sign autographs for fans.
Playing indoor pro football, the Lone Star Football League consists of six teams: the Abilene Ruff Riders, the West Texas Roughnecks of Midland/Odessa, the Amarillo Venom, the Corpus Christi Hammerheads, the Laredo Rattlesnakes and the Rio Grande Valley Magic.
League Commissioner Darlene Jones is a San Angelo businesswoman who owned San Angelo's last pro football franchise, the Stampede Express.
The game will serve as a kickoff to San Angelo's new team, the Bandits, who will hit the field inside Foster Communications Coliseum in the spring of 2013. The Bandits will be selling season tickets and corporate sponsorships at The Texas Shoot-out.

Amarillo Venom Announce 777 Deal

The Amarillo Venom is running a $7 special for the July 7th game. The $7 deal starts Monday July 2nd.
The July 7th game is a big one and is the last home game before the Venom go on the playoff hunt. Since the game is on the 7th and starts at 7:00 p.m. and is in the 7th month...see the trend....the first 700 fans to call and order tickets on Monday July 2nd will get $7 tickets!
So get up early the calling starts at 8:00 a.m. be one of the first 700 to order and pay for your tickets and you can get $7 tickets to the Venom!
This offer is good at the Amarillo Venom office ONLY call 806-350-7277 for more details!

City of Albany to Sponsor PIFL Championship Game

The Professional Indoor Football League (PIFL) 2012 Division Champion Albany Panthers (11-2) are proud to announce that the City of Albany will be the sponsor of the PIFL Championship Game.
As the Albany Panthers take Phoebe Field Saturday night for the contest against the Richmond Raiders (11-2), The City of Albany will be cheering on the Panthers with a strong contingent of family and friends.
"We are very pleased to have the City of Albany employees in attendance Saturday night and we plan to make this an exciting event they won't forget," said General Manager Will Carter. "The City of Albany has been a huge supporter of the Panthers since the day we arrived three years ago and we genuinely appreciate that."
"City of Albany Night" festivities will include Roxanne Embler, performing the National Anthem. Commissioner Tommie Postell of Ward VI, will perform the Coin Toss. Commissioner Ivey Hines of Ward II, will present the Game Ball. The Invocation will be delivered by the Pastor of Friendship Baptist Church in Bainbridge, GA and Albany Panthers Team Chaplin Brian Ramey.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

2012 IFL Individual Awards Announced

The Indoor Football League is proud to announce the winners of the 2012 IFL Individual Awards.
Offensive Player of the Year: Sioux Falls Storm QB Chris Dixon has been named the 2012 IFL Offensive Player of the Year. This marks the third time in four years that Dixon has won the award.
Dixon put together perhaps the finest season in IFL history in 2012. Dixon set IFL records in Quarterback Rating (133.3), Completion Percentage (74) and Passing Yards (3321). In addition, he led the Storm to the first undefeated regular season in IFL history. Dixon also finished second in the IFL in rushing yards (711) and touchdowns (30). Dixon finished the season with 97 total touchdowns. He will play in his fourth consecutive Conference Championship game on Saturday, June 30th.
Co-Defensive Player of the Year: Bloomington Edge LB Ameer Ismail and Wichita Wild DL Matt Moss have been named the 2012 Co-Defensive Players of the Year. This is the first time in IFL history two players have split the honor.
Ismail set an IFL record this season as he made 167 tackles on defense, which shattered the old record of 140 set by Colorado’s Landon Jones in 2010. Additionally, Ismail grabbed three interceptions, forced two fumbles and returned one for a touchdown.
Wild DL Matt Moss is the first Wichita player and the second defensive lineman to be named as a Defensive Player of the Year. During his stellar season Moss led the IFL with 15 sacks, 29 tackles and four forced fumbles.
Special Teams Player of the Year: Everett KR Mike Tatum has been named the 2012 IFL Special Teams Player of the Year. Before his season ended prematurely due to injury, Tatum led the IFL in all-purpose yards. Tatum’s 1,478 All-Purpose yards on the season finished him second in the IFL. He also finished the 2012 season ranked second in the IFL in kick return yards with 1,015. His five kick return touchdowns tied him for first in the IFL. Tatum was twice named the IFL Special Teams Player of the Week during the 2012 season.
Offensive Rookie of the Year: Wyoming Cavalry WR Jasonus Tillery has been named the 2012 IFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. Despite missing the last game of the season, Tillery tied for first in the IFL in two major statistical categories: touchdowns and receptions. Tillery’s 84 receptions and 27 touchdowns shredded defenses all season long. Additionally, Tillery finished second in the IFL with 1051 yards. He is Wyoming’s first player to be awarded an end of the season IFL honor.
Defensive Rookie of the Year: Omaha Beef Linebacker Peter Buck has been awarded the 2012 Defensive Rookie of the Year award. Buck led the Beef in tackles with 142, which is also the third most in IFL history. Additionally, Buck had 2.5 sacks, two interceptions, a forced fumble and a fumble returned for a touchdown. Buck is the first Omaha Beef player to be awarded an end of season IFL honor.
Most Improved Player: Nebraska Danger QB Rocky Hinds has been named the 2012 Most Improved Player. Hinds threw for 2,096 yards on the season, eighth most in the IFL. In addition, Hinds led the Nebraska Danger to a franchise best in wins and threw for 49 touchdowns on the season.
Adam Pringle Award: Green Bay Blizzard Head Coach Robert Fuller has been named the recipient of the 2012 Adam Pringle Award. The Adam Pringle Award is given to the player or coach who exemplified outstanding service and dedication to their surrounding community. This is Fuller’s second consecutive year of receiving this award.
All awards were determined through a coaches’ vote.

Indoor Football League Announces MVP and Head Coach of the Year

The Indoor Football League is proud to announce the winners of the 2012 IFL MVP and IFL Coach of the Year.
IFL MVP: Sioux Falls Storm QB Chris Dixon (6'0, 200, Humbolt St. ) has been named the 2012 IFL MVP of the Year. This is Dixon's third MVP award. He previously won the award in 2009 and 2011. Richmond's Bryan Randall won the award in 2010.
A veteran of the indoor game Dixon showcased his incredible accuracy and big play ability all season long as had one of greatest seasons in IFL history. Dixon led the Storm to an undefeated (14-0) regular season; a first in IFL history. He also set IFL records in pass efficiency (133.3), completion percentage (74) and passing yards (3,321). In addition, Dixon led the IFL in touchdown passes with 67.
As a duel- threat QB, Dixon also finished second in the League in rushing yards and rushing touchdowns with 711 and 30, respectively. He also led the IFL in yards per rush with 6.0. Dixon finished the 2012 regular season with 97 total touchdowns. Since joining the Sioux Falls Storm in 2011, Dixon has the Storm to an unblemished home record of 18-0. Dixon was also selected as the IFL Offensive Player of the Year on Tuesday.
Dixon is set to play in his fourth IFL Conference Championship, against the Green Bay Blizzard on Saturday, June 30 at 7:05 p.m. CT.
IFL Coach of the Year: Green Bay Blizzard Head Coach Robert Fuller has been named the 2012 IFL Head Coach of the Year. In his first year with Green Bay, Fuller led the Blizzard to an impressive 11-3 regular season in 2012. This is Fuller's second consecutive IFL Coach of the Year award. He was awarded IFL Coach of the Year in 2011 as Head Coach of the Fairbanks Grizzlies.
Known as a defensive mind, Fuller's defense has set the tone this season. Green Bay's defense allowed an IFL- low 206.6 yards per game and also forced a League-leading 40 turnovers. Seven of those turnovers directly resulted in defensive touchdowns.
Fuller also brings a more traditional take on offense to the IFL as evidenced by the Blizzard's run-first approach. The Blizzard led the League in rushing with 1,458 yards. 1,040 of those yards were by RB LaRon Council. Under Fuller's guidance, Council became the first Indoor Football League player to rush for 1,000 yards, an extreme rarity in indoor football. The Blizzard's special teams unit was second in the IFL in kick return yards and managed to return five kickoffs for touchdowns, good for second in the League.
"I would like to thank our young men, assistant coaches, and our support staff, in particular Assistant Head Coach Chad Baldwin, who is more deserving of the award than I am. Coach of the Year awards are awarded due to the effort of everyone involved in the program, not the efforts of one individual," Fuller stated.
Coach Fuller was also selected for the IFL's Adam Pringle award on Tuesday. The Adam Pringle award is given to the player or coach who exemplified outstanding service and dedication to their surrounding community.
All awards were determined through a coaches' vote.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

PIFL Championship game to be webcast on Raiders site

The Richmond Raiders (11-2) play the Albany Panthers (11-2) on Saturday night, June 30, at the James H. Gray Civic Center in Albany, Georgia, and fans will be able to watch and hear the game live on the Raiders' website media center page from any location with high speed web access.
This will be the third meeting of the two teams. Richmond lost 28 to 40 at Albany on May 17. Albany lost 66 to 67 in Richmond, June 16. Although the score when they met in Albany may not indicate it, both games were close and came down to final minutes, indicating this Saturday's rubber match should be quite a show.
In Albany on May 17, it looked as though the Panthers, ahead by 32 to 18 in the third quarter, might walk away with the game. But the Raiders scored ten unanswered points to make the score 32 to 28 with 9:37 left in the fourth. The Raider defense held following the kickoff, and it appeared Richmond might retake the lead on their next possession as they drove to the Panther 22. But with second down and ten to go, Panther defensive back Core Rue intercepted a pass from Young and returned it 34 yards for a score. Geoff Boyers' kick for the extra point was good, and the Panthers led 39 to 28. Boyer then placed the ball through the uprights on the ensuing kickoff for an Uno, raising the Panther total to 40 points, and the scoring was done for the game.
The game in Richmond on June 16 was even more of a show. The score seesawed back and forth all evening long -- the lead changing hands an amazing 14 times.
As the clock ran down, however, it looked as though Albany might finish on top. They scored just before the one-minute warning, making it Panthers 65, Raiders 64. Then Panther kicker Ryan Gates (Gardner-Webb) put one through the uprights on the ensuing kickoff to make it 66-64, a double-wammy for the Raiders because it forced them to start on their own five yard line with only a minute left on the clock.
But the Raiders had no intention of giving up. They drove down field as the seconds ticked off with the result that it all came down to a 27-yard field goal attempt with four seconds remaining.
Richmond's First-Team, All-PIFL kicker T. C. Stevens (Hampden-Sydney) nailed it. Final score: 67 to 66, and the partisan crowd went wild.
Richmond's First-Team PIFL quarterback Antwon Young (Villanova) completed 19 passes of 36 attempts for 246 yards and four touchdowns. He also ran eight times for 83 yards, scoring three more TDs on the ground in the process. Richmond wide receiver Jason Lovett (UVA Wise) also had a big night on offense with nine catches for 122 yards and three touchdowns.
As mentioned above, Fans who can't make the trek to Albany will be able to watch live and in color on the Raiders' media center page of the Raiders's website. Or, just follow this link:

New Orleans VooDoo To Host Halftime Dodgeball Match this Saturday

This Saturday, June 30, the New Orleans VooDoo and PLAYNOLA have teamed up once again for a 6-on-6 dodgeball match at halftime where the VooDoo will take on the Jacksonville Sharks. The halftime dodgeball game will feature the PLAYNOLA all-stars and local WGNO ABC 26 news personalities.
The VooDoo (7-7) and the Sharks (7-7) will kickoff at 7 p.m. on Saturday night in The Graveyard, with the halftime dodgeball game being another reason to come out and watch the VooDoo continue its march to the 2012 postseason.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Lingerie Football League Targets Asia By Partnering With Leading TV Rights Agency Total Sports Asia

Lingerie Football League, LLC. (or ‘LFL’) officials continue to focus on international growth in 2012 by partnering with a leading Asia media rights agency Total Sports Asia (TSA). TSA has grown several major sports franchises within Asia most notably World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) which grew their Asia revenues by over (6500%) through the representation of TSA.
Currently within Asia, LFL Football is broadcast in Taiwan on ESPN Star and in Japan on WOWOW.
“As we build the LFL franchise internationally, Asia remains a major focus as our next phase of development. Certainly television leads the way into international territories, in TSA, we have a proven partner that is genuinely excited about the potential of LFL Football in Asia”, said, Mitchell S. Mortaza, Founder & Chairman, Lingerie Football League, LLC.
League officials have said that within Asia their immediate target territories are Japan, China, South Korea, India and Thailand. China and Japan are both slated to host LFL exhibition game tours in 2013.
“We at TSA see are constantly looking for properties that have the potential for us to grow in Asia, which we have done with great success over the years for many rights holders such as the WWE, which stands up to comparison with the LFL. We really believe that LFL Football has the capability to capture the imagination of the Asian viewing public, as it has done already amongst our team”, said, Julian Jackson, Chief Content Officer, Total Sports Asia.

Tampa Bay Storm to Host LEON Family Festival Event

The Tampa Bay Storm have joined with presenting sponsors 620 WDAE, 970 WFLA, Ferman Automotive, the tbt* and Inside the Box Café & Catering to host the third annual LEON Family Festival Friday, June 29th from 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.
Halfway to Christmas, the LEON (noel spelled backwards) Family Festival is a time to rejoice and help collect toys for Metropolitan Ministries.  Anybody that brings a new, unwrapped toy or a $10 donation can join the celebration and will also receive a free ticket to the Tampa Bay Storm game later that evening.
The event, on the West Plaza, will have a 60 foot snow slide, pictures with Santa and Mrs. Clause, inflatables, face painting, balloon creations, holiday music, food and much more. WFLA 970 and WDAE 620 will be broadcasting live with video games and a corn toss for the kids, and the Tampa Bay Storm mascot “Storm Dawg” and the Storm cheerleaders will be moving and grooving to keep everyone entertained.
LEON highlights the need that Metropolitan Ministries faces during the summer months when donations begin to decline.  “LEON is a fun way for Metropolitan Ministries to remind our supporters that we are half-way to Christmas, but the needs of homeless men, women and children are year-round,” said Tim Marks, Metropolitan Ministries president. “Without the tremendous support of 970 WFLA, Ferman, and the Tampa Bay Storm, we wouldn’t be able to bring this great event to the community.”
This is the third year for the Metropolitan Ministries LEON event.  For questions about this event, visit or call 813-209-1264.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Lingerie Football League Partners With Brazilian National Broadcaster BANDSPORTS

Lingerie Football League, LLC. (or ‘LFL’) officials announced today a partnership with Sao Paulo, Brazil based cable network Bandsports to bring LFL Football to Brazil in 2012 for a multi-year deal. This recent partnership is one of several international broadcasters expected to be named in the coming weeks as LFL officials continue to focus on international growth in 2012.
“Since my recent visit to Rio, Brasilia and Sao Paulo you could sense the energy, fanaticism and excitement around sports in the country. Partnering with a leading sports network like Bandsports provides LFL Football an incredible platform to introduce Brazil to our sport”, said, Mitchell S. Mortaza, Founder & Chairman, Lingerie Football League, LLC.
With its booming economy and being the host country of the 2014 World Cup, Brazil has become a major focus for sports leagues and federations. The LFL has officially announced significant plans for Latin and South America with the core focus revolving around Brazil to include the first-ever LFL World Bowl Championship Series in July of 2014 alongside the World Cup. The LFL World Bowl in Sao Paulo, Brazil will include the champions of the US, Australia and Canadian leagues playing in a single-elimination tournament.
Bandsports will exclusively broadcast all LFL games across the international leagues to include LFL Canada, LFL US and LFL Australia through 2015 as well as the broadcast rights to the 2014 LFL World Bowl.
“We have certainly noticed a strong buzz around the LFL franchise in the international broadcaster community. Specifically here in Brazil we feel that LFL Football will instantly translate to our passionate sports fans”, said, Evandro Figueira, Acquisition Director, Bandsports.

Fans to Vote on Candidates for the 2012 AFL HOF Class

The AFL, in conjunction with the AFL Hall of Fame Operating Board of Directors, will name a group of elite members to the 2012 AFL Hall of Fame class during ArenaBowl XXV on August 10.
Before the voting process reaches the AFL Hall of Fame Operating Board of Directors, the Arena Football League is giving fans the opportunity to vote.
Fans have the opportunity to vote on 2012 AFL Hall of Fame candidates in a secret ballot on Fans can vote on one (1) 2012 AFL Hall of Fame candidate once per day. Ballots have also been distributed to current AFL Hall of Famers. Fans and current AFL Hall of Famers will have until Monday July 23, 2012 to vote. Votes will then be tallied and distributed to the 2012 AFL Hall of Fame Operating Board of Directors.
2012 Hall of Fame Finalists include: QB SHERDRICK BONNER, the Greatest Quarterback in AFL History according to the Silver Anniversary Committee in 2012; HC MIKE DAILEY, a two-time ArenaBowl champion coach (XIII, XIX); QB CLINT DOLEZEL, a three-time All-Arena selection and a passing leader of the AFL for four years; WR/DB RANDY GATEWOOD, a six-time All-Arena selection and three-time All-Ironman selection; WR/LB DARRYL HAMMOND, a four-time All-Ironman selection; current Iowa Barnstormers HC MIKE HOHENSEE, who won ArenaBowl XX as a Head Coach and owns the third spot in AFL history for most regular season wins (135), WR/LB GREG HOPKINS, a four-time All-Arena and All-Ironman selection; FB/LB BOB McMILLEN, a three-time ArenaBowl Champion; FOUNDING PARTNER WILLIAM NIRO, one of the original founders of the AFL; and DB CLEVAN THOMAS, a five-time All-Arena selection, 2002 Rookie of the Year and two-time Defensive Player of the Year.
The 2012 AFL Hall of Fame Class will be inducted during opening weekend of the 2013 season.

Cape Fear Heroes complete perfect season by winning AIF championship 79- 27

The Cape Fear Heroes scored early and often in the AIF Championship Game, dismantling the California Eagles 79-27.The undefeated Heroes (9-0) won their first AIF Championship this season becoming the second indoor football team in the region to win a national title. The Fayetteville Guard won its title in 2007.
The Heroes got off to a quick start offensively scoring 25 unanswered points and scoring on four of their six drives in the first half to take a 34-7 lead into halftime. Both quarterbacks Patrick Pickney and Garrett Sutphen had impressive games leading the Heroes offensive up and down the field at will most of the night.
The defense also got into the scoring action too with touchdowns from Clenton Cochran and J.R. Hair. The Heroes defense also sacked California's quarterbacks eight times, recording four safeties, and forcing three turnovers.
Charles Gunnings the head coach of the Heroes says the Heroes set many goals before the season started and players and coaches alike stayed on track and worked hard to achieve those goals by putting in countless hours of preparation on the practice field, in the weight room and in the film room. That dedication has paid off for the Heroes I could not be happier for these guys.
In a town known for its sports the Cape Fear Heroes now join a list of notable athletes and sporting accomplishments from the area. From Babe Ruth hitting his first home run in professional baseball in Fayetteville to being a hotbed for professional athletes including NFL players like Brad Edwards (Washington Redskins), Marvin Powell (New York Jets), Doug Wilkerson (San Diego Chargers), Joe Harris (Rams), Joe Horn (Atlanta Falcons), Donnell Wolford (Chicago Bears) as well as NFL owner Jerry Richardson and PGA golfer Raymond Floyd.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

AFL Announces 2012 Hall Of Fame Finalists

After tallying the nominations sent in by the AFL Hall of Fame Advisory Board, ten finalists have been named for the 2012 AFL Hall of Fame Class.
“Last year, we named the first AFL Hall of Fame Class since 2002. Because of such a long hiatus and the rich pool of finalists, we inducted all ten,” Kurz said. “We have a tremendous group of finalists this year, but only a select group will be inducted.”
2012 Hall of Fame Finalists include: QB SHERDRICK BONNER, the Greatest Quarterback in AFL History according to the Silver Anniversary Committee in 2012; HC MIKE DAILEY, a two-time ArenaBowl champion coach (XIII, XIX); QB CLINT DOLEZEL, a three-time All-Arena selection and a passing leader of the AFL for four years; WR/DB RANDY GATEWOOD, a six-time All-Arena selection and three-time All-Ironman selection; WR/LB DARRYL HAMMOND, a four-time All-Ironman selection; current Iowa Barnstormers HC MIKE HOHENSEE, who won ArenaBowl XX as a Head Coach and owns the third spot in AFL history for most regular season wins (135), WR/LB GREG HOPKINS, a four-time All-Arena and All-Ironman selection; FB/LB BOB McMILLEN, a three-time ArenaBowl Champion; FOUNDING PARTNER WILLIAM NIRO, one of the original founders of the AFL; and DB CLEVAN THOMAS, a five-time All-Arena selection and 2002 Rookie of the Year and two-time Defensive Player of the Year.
The AFL Office received ballots from the Hall of Fame Advisory Board, which consisted of a rich list of journalists and executives with a long-time involvement in the game, on Wednesday, June 20.
Each member selected ten candidates based on AFL contribution in the categories of players, coaches, administrators, officials and “at-large.”
In order to be nominated for the 2012 Hall of Fame Class, candidates must meet four criteria. If a player was active before 1989, he must have played for two seasons. For players after 1989, three seasons of service are required. All players must be retired for three complete seasons. Coaches must have been active for a minimum of five seasons and need not be retired.
Fans and current Hall of Fame members will vote on the finalists beginning on Monday, June 25, 2012. Votes will then be turned into the Hall of Fame Operating Board of Directors, who will officially select the 2012 AFL Hall of Fame Class.
The 2012 Hall of Fame Class will be announced during ArenaBowl XXV in New Orleans and inductions will be held during the Arena Football League’s 2013 opening weekend.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Sharks Offer Happy Hour on Saturday Night

The ArenaBowl XXIV Champion Jacksonville Sharks announced Friday that the team will offer its first-ever "Sharks Happy Hour" prior to the team's Saturday game against the Cleveland Gladiators.
"Our fans constantly ask for a happy hour promotion, and this week we will deliver," Sharks Managing Partner Jeff Bouchy said. "We encourage fans to get to the arena early to take advantage of this offer by starting their night with the first-ever Sharks Happy Hour."
Sharks Happy Hour will last from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Saturday. During this time only, selected beers that are regularly priced at $7 will be on sale for $4 each. Kickoff for Saturday's game is set for 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Labor peace brings new optimism for Arena Football

Three years ago, the Arena Football League shut down for an entire season, hoping to put its finances in order.
It returned in 2010, but the foundation remained weak. Just last week, the AFL was sitting on the edge of another work stoppage, one game already forfeited by striking players and the league threatening a lockout that would have killed hundreds of jobs.
After a weekend of hard, face-to-face bargaining, there is labor peace. Team owners and players are preparing today to sign a collective bargaining agreement that will ban strikes and lockouts through 2017, allow for multiyear contracts and eventually increase salaries by 131 percent.
Perhaps now, the league can grow.
Commissioner Jerry Kurz, who received a five-year contract extension last month in the midst of difficult labor negotiations, is encouraged.
“Even when the defunct league spent itself out of business, it came back because it is a great sport that is loved by the fans,” he said.
The league’s live, televised game of the week on NFL Network will return Friday. It was canceled last week to avoid turning the labor dispute into a national spectacle.
The league has even found a sponsor — AVITAE caffeinated water — for Arena Bowl XXV, its championship game set for Aug. 10 in New Orleans.
But is the CBA enough to ensure long-term growth?
Raymond Sauer, a Clemson University professor of economics who specializes in sports, claims there is a market for alternative football.
“It’s a matter of making it work,” he said.
Sauer said news of the Cleveland forfeit was “stunning,” but the league should be able to recover from it.
“It suggests to me that there is something inherently amiss there,” he said. “It’s not much of a league when a team can do that.
“It’s bad, real bad, but fans forget. Their memories aren’t very long. You just don’t want to keep doing it.”
Birth of a league
Jim Foster invented Arena Football while watching soccer.
He pulled a 9x12 manila envelope from his briefcase while attending a game at Madison Square Garden in 1981 and scribbled the outline of a football field over the diagram of a hockey rink.
The league started play in 1987 with four teams — including the Pittsburgh Gladiators — playing a six-game schedule.
The AFL grew into a 17-team league, with franchises moving or disappearing every offseason and unfettered player movement.
This year, the $400-per-game salaries frustrated players, leading to a strike June 8 in Cleveland, forcing the home team to forfeit its game.
James Baron, the interim executive president of the AFL Players Union, said a CBA that treats players with “respect and dignity” is an important first step toward ending the rancor.
Still, Baron, who said he has spent about $5,000 of his own money to bankroll the union, said the game has changed now that teams nearly have eliminated the two-way player.
“It was more like basketball,” said Baron, a former indoor football lineman who said he missed only three games in 12 seasons. “You might get ‘em coming down, but you had to play defense coming back. It was more pure, like the sandlot.”
Nonetheless, Baron said indoor football is “a dangerous and violent game, with big, strong, fast guys (running around on a field) with walls.”
Baron said his first contract in 1997 paid him $600 per game, with a $200 win bonus. Eventually, salaries of between $40,000 and $50,000 became commonplace, and many players — including Baron — earned $100,000 or more.
But such spending led to some owners backing out and franchises going out of business or moving. The Pittsburgh Gladiators played in the Civic Arena for the first four years of the AFL — including two championship game appearances — before moving to Tampa, Fla., and becoming one of the league’s sturdier franchises.
Power co-owner Matt Shaner, who was instrumental in pushing for a CBA, said his team will return next season, and he intends to honor its six-year agreement with Consol Energy Center despite a nearly 50 percent drop in attendance from its expansion season last year. League-wide, the AFL is on pace to draw close to the 1.3 million people who came to games last year.
“Once all this is straightened out,” Power coach Derek Stingley said last week, “hopefully, the fans can forgive.” (source Pittsburgh Tribune Review)

Punch thrown during Lingerie League game


If you thought for one second that the Lingerie Football League’s Fantasy All-Star Game that took place in Australia over last weekend was going to be a boring, run-of-the-mill affair akin to its NFL counterpart, the Pro Bowl, think again. Why? Because these ladies couldn’t care less if an All-Star Game is a showcase event where the competition level is supposed to take a backseat to flashy plays by competitors going half-speed.
First of all, the name itself has a certain flair to it, given the inclusion of the word “Fantasy.” And if your particular brand of “fantasy” involves late hits on the sidelines from one scantily clad female upon another scantily clad female followed by a belly punch and profanity-laced tirades, the following video is especially for you as it has all those things tied up in a neat little bow.
Before the video, a primer on what goes down: Tessa Barrara of the Los Angeles Temptation delivers a late hit after the play was over on Kyle DeHaven of the Baltimore Charm. DeHaven, clearly irate at the bush league act, retaliates by punching Barrara in the stomach. The entire scene further devolves into a shouting match loaded with profanity. It’s quite the provocative, visceral scene, on many, many levels.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

AFL Contest: Predict the Top Ironmen in AFL History

The Arena Football League is set to reveal the Top 25 Ironmen in AFL history, as voted upon by the Silver Anniversary Committee.
Can you predict the Committee’s Top 3?
Fans have the opportunity to win a copy of the AFL25 Silver Anniversary Commemorative Magazine and a set of Hall of Fame trading cards.
Participants can email predictions for the Top 3 Ironmen in AFL history to The contestant who selects the Top 3 Ironmen in order will win. The deadline for submissions is Thursday, June 21 at 12 p.m. ET.
The Arena Football League will reveal the Top 25 Ironmen list, in ascending order, beginning on Thursday, June 21, with selections 11-25. The top 10 Ironmen will be announced on Friday, June 22.
Official Giveaway Rules for Top 3 Ironmen Contest
BASIS: The Silver Anniversary Committee has voted on the 25 Greatest Ironmen in AFL History. Fans who correctly submit the Top 3 Committee selections in order via email will be entered to win a copy of the AFL25 Silver Anniversary Commemorative Magazine and a set of Hall of Fame trading cards.
To enter, send an email to with your prediction for who the Committee has voted as the Top 3 Ironmen in AFL History.
All emails will be reviewed regardless of location, sex or age. Only one submission per entry will be honored and it will be the first email from that individual which is accepted.
Contest submissions will be accepted until Thursday, June 21 at 12 p.m. ET. The Top 10 Committee selections will be revealed on Friday, June 22, 2012.
One (1) AFL25 Silver Anniversary Magazine. One (1) set of Hall of Fame trading cards.
Winner will be announced on Monday, June 25.
Value of the magazine and trading cards.
All valid email submissions will be reviewed. Only one winner will be selected. You will be required to privately (through email or other secure, private means) provide your name, address, age and other personal information necessary to receive the prize, if you are selected as a recipient.
If a Promotion prize recipient is determined to be ineligible, the Arena Football League may, in its sole and absolute discretion, not give away the goods or ticket(s) or may give the goods or ticket(s) to the next eligible participant.
By participating in a Giveaway (a "Promotion") promoted by the Arena Football League you agree to these Official Giveaway Rules, which are a contract, so read them carefully before participating. Without limitation, this contract includes indemnities to the released parties from you and a limitation of your rights and remedies. The contract will refer to you as "you" or "Participant".
The details and requirements for entry or participation in any Promotion shall be provided by the Arena Football League from time to time, at the discretion of the Arena Football League. Participants must follow the directions provided by the Arena Football League and otherwise be bound by and follow these Official Giveaway Rules to be eligible to receive a prize in connection with any Promotion.
Employees, officers, directors, representatives and agents of any AFL entity and each of their respective parents, subsidiaries & affiliated companies and their immediate families and those living in their same household, whether or not related, are not eligible for any Promotion.  The Arena Football League will determine giveaway recipients at its sole and absolute discretion. If a Promotion prize recipient is determined to be ineligible, the Arena Football League may, in its sole and absolute discretion, not give away the goods or ticket(s) or may give the goods or ticket(s) to the next eligible subscriber. You will be required to privately (through email or other secure, private means) provide your name, address, age and other personal information necessary to receive the prize, if you are selected as a Promotion prize recipient. Promotions are subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws, rules or regulations and these Official Giveaway Rules.
Participants may not take actions that are negligent, injurious or reckless in pursuit of any prize offered in connection with a Promotion. Participants who do not follow this rule or who otherwise participate in a Promotion in an unsportsmanlike manner will be disqualified from the Promotion. Participants are solely responsible for any injuries or other damages that are caused from their behavior. Participants agree to indemnify, release, discharge and hold harmless the Released Parties from and against any and all claims, liability, losses, damages or injuries of any kind with respect thereto.
Each winner of a prize in a Promotion is solely responsible for any and all applicable federal, state and local taxes (including income and withholding taxes on any prize), regardless of whether the prize, in whole or in part, is used. The ARV of any prize is based on available information provided to the Arena Football League and the value of any prize awarded to a Promotion winner may be reported for tax purposes as required by law.
By participating in a Promotion, you agree to (i) be bound by these Official Giveaway Rules, including all entry requirements provided at the time the Promotion is announced and/or promoted, and (ii) waive any and all claims against the Arena Football League.
Each winning Participant, by acceptance of prize, grants to the Arena Football League and the applicable Arena Football League Club and each of its respective designees the right to publicize his/her name, address (city and state of residence), photograph, voice, statements and/or other likeness and prize information for advertising, promotional and/or trade and/or any other purpose ("Winner Information") in any media or format now known or hereafter devised, throughout the world, in perpetuity, without limitation and without further compensation, consideration, permission or notification, unless prohibited by law. The releases hereunder are intended to apply to all claims not known or suspected to exist with the intent of waiving the effect of laws requiring the intent to release future unknown claims.
All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Giveaway Rules or the rights and obligations of participants or the Released Parties in connection with the Promotion will be governed by and construed in accordance with the internal laws of the State of Illinois, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules or provisions that would cause the application of any other state's laws.
The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of these Official Giveaway Rules will not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision. In the event that any provision of the Official Giveaway Rules is determined to be invalid or otherwise unenforceable or illegal, the other provisions will remain in effect and will be construed in accordance with their terms as if the invalid or illegal provision were not contained herein. Participants agree to waive any rights to claim ambiguity of these Official Giveaway Rules. In the event there is a discrepancy or inconsistency between disclosures or other statements contained in any Promotion-related materials, privacy policy or terms of use on an applicable website and/or the terms and conditions of the Official Giveaway Rules, the Official Giveaway Rules shall prevail, govern and control and the discrepancy will be resolved in Arena Football League’s sole and absolute discretion. The Arena Football League reserves the right to modify these Official Giveaway Rules for clarification purposes without materially affecting the terms and conditions of the Promotion. In the event that the Promotion is challenged by any legal or regulatory authority, the Arena Football League reserves the right to discontinue or modify the Promotion, or to disqualify participants residing in the affected geographic areas. In such event, the Released Parties shall have no liability to any participants who are disqualified due to such an action.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Live NFL Network Broadcasts to Resume on Friday

Live broadcasts of “NET10 Arena Football Friday” will resume this Friday on NFL Network, the Arena Football League office announced today.
NFL Network suspended live broadcasts of “NET10 Arena Football Friday” games on May 11 in favor of tape-delayed broadcasts due to labor uncertainty. The decision came in the middle of the third year of partnership between the AFL and NFL Network.
After the announcement of a multi-year agreement between the AFL and AFLPU on Sunday evening, Arena Football League action will now return to its regular timeslot at 8 p.m. ET on NFL Network. Details of the CBA will be released during this Friday’s broadcast.
The Orlando Predators (2-11) will host the New Orleans VooDoo (6-7) in VooDoo Head Coach Pat O’Hara’s return to “The Jungle” this week on “NET10 Arena Football Friday”. All remaining NFL Network broadcasts will be aired live, culminating in AVITAE ArenaBowl XXV on Friday, August 10th.

Philadelphia Soul Take over Hatboro Saturday

The Eastern Division Champion, Philadelphia Soul (11-3) will be holding a "Town Takeover" of Hatboro on Saturday, June 23 from 3-5 p.m. The Town Takeover, presented by Susquehanna Bank, will take place at Miller Meadow, located at 335 South York Road.
The event will be free to the public, and feature a "run-through" practice by the Philadelphia Soul. This will be the team's last practice before the Soul take on the Pittsburgh Power (3-10) on Sunday, June 24, with kickoff scheduled for 6:05 p.m. at the Wells Fargo Center. During the practice, random residents will be asked to participate by "running plays" with the Soul team.
There will be live music before and after the practice. In addition to Soul players and coaches, there will be appearances by the Soul mascot, SoulMan, the Soulmates dance team, Soul ownership and front office staff. After the practice, fans will be able to meet Soul players and Soulmates who will be signing autographs.
The Soul game the night after the Town Takeover on Sunday, June 24 will be Hatboro Night at the Soul. Ticket order forms will be available at the event or by contacting Brian Evans at the Soul offices at 215-253-4900, ext. 181 or

AFL Lands ArenaBowl XXV Partnership with AVITAE

While the AFL agreed to terms on a multi-year CBA, the Arena Football League and AVITAE Caffeinated Water also reached a title partnership agreement for ArenaBowl XXV, AFL Commissioner Jerry B. Kurz announced today.
The League’s Championship game, slated for Friday, August 10, 2012, will be coined “AVITAE ArenaBowl XXV”. The game, which culminates the League’s celebration of its 25th Anniversary, will be played at the New Orleans Arena in New Orleans, LA and will be televised nationally on NFL Network.
“AVITAE’s support for the Arena Football League during our extensive labor negotiations was unwavering. We are thrilled to announce the AFL’s title partnership with AVITAE for ArenaBowl XXV,” Kurz said. “AVITAE has joined a group of tremendous partners who believe in and are dedicated to the success of the league and its players. So much of what has been accomplished can be attributed to their support.”
“They never gave up on hopes for the 25th season of the AFL,” Kurz said. Staring down a labor dispute between the AFL and AFL Player’s Union, AVITAE pledged its full support, backing a resolution between the two parties.
AVITAE Caffeinated Water is a rapidly growing beverage company based out of Columbus, Ohio that seeks to change the world.
“The energy and excitement of the AVITAE brand is a perfect fit for the AFL’s fast paced, entertaining style of play,” AFL Senior Vice President of Corporate Partnerships Adam Robbins said.
“This resolution is bigger than just the players and the league, it’s about the fans and the passion they possess” AVITAE CEO Brian Pitzer said. “That is what makes our partnership so fantastic, the desire each of us shares to be revolutionary and innovative while creating options for our friends and family.  What an amazing way to conclude the remainder of the Arena Football League’s 25th anniversary season.”
About AVITAE Caffeinated Water
AVITAE Caffeinated Water is the world’s leading caffeinated water company and seeks to provide consumers a better alternative to less healthy caffeinated beverages and sugary drinks. AVITAE vows to provide “the healthy hydration you want with the caffeine lift you need.”  AVITAE Caffeinated Water is currently offered in ORGININAL - 45 mg and DOUBLE - 90 mg caffeine amounts for all lifestyles, sold nationwide. More information is available at