Thursday, February 28, 2013

CIFL Names Players of the Week

The Continental Indoor Football League would like to announce the Player's of the Week for Week 3 of the CIFL season.
Offensive Player of the Week is the Eaton, OH native Tommy Jones of the Dayton Sharks. The Shark quarterback went 12 of 16 for 185 yards and 5 touchdowns with no interceptions in the win over the Owensboro Rage.
Defensive Player of the Week is Trenton, New Jersey native Kwaheem Smith of the Erie Explosion. The standout defensive back had 3 interceptions and 3 touchdowns in the Explosions victory over the Detroit Thunder.
Special Teams Player of the Week is Saginaw native Herb Waits of the Saginaw Sting. The full time defensive player had a star performance on special teams making 6 tackles while playing on the kickoff team and finishing the game with 12 total tackles. The Eastern Michigan University grad helped the Sting remain undefeated by beating Port Huron at McMorran arena.

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Arena Football League
Shock Single Game Tickets Go on Sale Friday, March 1st
The Shock announced today that single game tickets for the Spokane Shock 2013 Net 10 Wireless Arena Football League season are going on sale Friday, March 1st at 10 a.m. PST through all TicketsWest Box Office locations, online, or by phone.
Individual game tickets can be purchased as low as $14 per ticket, or fans are able to purchase a "Football 4-Pack" which includes four (4) single game tickets for $40.
The Shock open their 2013 season schedule with a three (3) game road trip to Cleveland, Chicago, and Iowa before returning home to take on the Arizona Rattlers on Friday, April 12th at 7 p.m. PST at Spokane Arena (720 W Mallon). The first 5,000 fans in attendance at the home opener will receive a free Shock Magnet Schedule compliments of George Gee Kia.
"We are very excited for the upcoming season and what is to be the best season schedule we've had in our eight-year history," said Shock Director of Ticket Sales Andrew Dolan. "We were able to achieve a great balance between Friday and Saturday games, with all of our 2013 home games starting at 7 p.m. PST at Spokane Arena."
Single game tickets can be purchased by visiting, any TicketsWest Box Office location, or by phone at 1-800-325-SEAT (7328).
Season tickets are currently on sale with packages starting as low as $90 for all nine (9) Shock home games at Spokane Arena in 2013. Season and group ticket packages can be purchased by calling the Shock office at 509-242-7462, visiting the Shock Box Office located in the Shock Facility in Spokane Valley (3212 N Eden Rd. Ste B), or by visiting the Shock website at
Shock to Open Training Camp this Weekend
The Shock announced today that the team will officially open their 2013 training camp this upcoming weekend, three weekends before the team's regular season opener on the road against the Cleveland Gladiators on March 24th.
The team will first come together for non-padded practices on Sunday, March 3rd and Monday, March 4th, one week before the team's preseason Orange and White Game on Sunday, March 10th with doors opening at 2 p.m. PST and kickoff at 4 p.m. PST.
The first padded practice of training camp will take place on Tuesday, March 5th, also the 2013 Media Day for the Shock. This event is open to media and practice will begin at approximately 10 a.m. and conclude at 12 p.m. PST. Shock Coaches and Players will be available for media interviews following the conclusion of practice. Media that is interested in attending this event should contact Ryan Eucker at the Shock office by email at or by phone at 509-242-7476.
Most training camp practices will be held at the Shock Training Facility, located at 3212 N Eden Rd Ste. B in the Spokane Valley. The Shock will make every effort to adhere to the released training schedule, though practice times and locations are subject to change.
Please note the below list of key dates leading up to the start of the 2013 season.
Saturday, March 2: Players Report (35-man Roster, Physicians Only, CLOSED)
Tuesday, March 5: SHOCK MEDIA DAY, Practice 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., Interviews 12 - 1:30 p.m. (MEDIA ONLY)
Friday, March 8: Practice 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (OPEN TO PUBLIC)
Sunday, March 10: Orange & White Game at Spokane Arena (Kickoff 4 p.m.).
Tuesday, March 12: Practice 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. (MEDIA DAY, OPEN TO PUBLIC)
Friday, March 15: Practice 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (OPEN TO PUBLIC)
March 17: Conclusion of Training Camp.
Monday, March 18: 2013 Net 10 Wireless AFL Regular Season Begins
Barnstormers Training Camp Headed Back to Oskaloosa
Iowa Barnstormers General Manager John Pettit along with Head Coach and Director of Football Operations Mike Hohensee unveiled detailed plans today regarding the team's 2013 training camp. For the second straight season, the Barnstormers will be holding their 2 week training camp about an hour south of Des Moines in Oskaloosa, Iowa. All team practices will be held on the campus of William Penn University at the state of the art Penn Activities Center. Training Camp officially opens this Saturday, March 2 when 35 players from around the country will attempt to land a spot on the Barnstormers 2013 roster.
In addition to practices, the Barnstormers will be involved in many community events throughout the Oskaloosa area ranging from meet and greet dinners to visits at local schools and hospitals. The first major community event will take place on Sunday March 3rd when the Oskaloosa Chamber of Commerce will hold a kickoff party at the Penn Central Mall. The event will be held in the Center Courtyard area and begins at 5:00pm and is open to the public. Barnstormers players, coaches and members of the dance team will be on hand from 5:30-6:30 to meet and greet fans and sign autographs.
A year ago, the Barnstormers were seeking a place to hold their training camp. When members of the William Penn Staff along with town officials heard the news, it became a very easy decision. "We felt that it was very important to create an atmosphere where our player s could bond quickly as a team. Taking our camp on the road to Oskaloosa allowed us to accomplish just that. The facilities at William Penn are top notch and the community support was outstanding. Coming back for year number two was the easiest decision we ever made." Stated Hohensee
Practices will take place daily and are open to the general public and all media. The team will hold an inter-squad scrimmage on Friday, March 8 at 8:00am. A complete schedule of practices dates and times is listed below. A full training camp roster will be released later this week, prior to the first team practice on Saturday.
Season tickets for the 2013 Barnstormers season remain on sale now starting at just $99.00 per seat. Don't miss a minute of the action this season! Barnstormers 5-game Pigskin Packages are also available. The home opener is scheduled for Friday, April 5. For more information call the Barnstormers at (515) 633-2255 or log onto
Orlando Predators Report to Training Camp This Weekend
The Orlando Predators return to the city beautiful this weekend for the 2013 season training camp. With three weeks before the regular season begins, the team is preparing for their first regular season game against the New Orleans Voodoo March 24, at 6:00pm ET.
The 2013 Predators are to arrive in town Friday March 1st for a team dinner and initial meeting. Saturday March 2nd, all players report for their physicals and registration. The Predators first practice is scheduled for Sunday, March the 3rd .
After two weeks of training camp, the Orlando Predators will go head to head in a preseason scrimmage against the Jacksonville Sharks. The scrimmage is to be held at 8:00 p.m. ET on Friday, March 15 on Sea Best Field at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. This game is a great opportunity for the Predators coaching staff to see the talent on the field before making their final cuts.
Training camp practices will be held at Tinker field at the Citrus Bowl, located at 1610 W. Church Street, Orlando Florida 32805. Practices will generally run from 8am-12pm.
Orlando's Arena Football franchise since 1991, the Orlando Predators are heading into their 22nd year in the AFL. In that time, the Predators have advanced to the AFL playoffs a league leading 19 times and advanced to the ArenaBowl seven times winning the championship in 1998 and 2000.
2012 Hall of Fame Selection, DB Clevan Thomas Returns to SaberCats
The San Jose SaberCats announced that they have been assigned 2012 Arena Football League Hall of Fame selection and SaberCats legend, defensive back Clevan Thomas on a two-year contract.
"Being able to add a game-changer like Clevan is huge for us heading into this season," said Owner/Head Coach Darren Arbet. "He is the best defensive player I have ever had the pleasure of coaching and mixing him in with our very talented secondary is something we are very excited about."
Thomas (5-10, 195, Florida State), a five-time All-Arena selection, 2002 Rookie of the Year and two-time Defensive Player of the Year (2002-03) will soon join former teammates Barry Wagner, Sam Hernandez and SaberCats Owner/Head Coach Darren Arbet in the AFL Hall of Fame.
Voted as the 24th Greatest Player in AFL history by the Silver Anniversary Committee in 2012, Thomas previously played with the SaberCats from 2002-08 and is the franchise leader in interceptions (50), which is tied for second all-time in AFL history with former Orlando Predators great Durwood Roquemoore. Thomas also is the single-season franchise leader in interceptions (13 in 2003), which is the fourth highest total in AFL history, as well as the franchise leader in passes defensed (108) and is second in franchise history in total tackles (460).
A three-time ArenaBowl champion (2002, 2003 and 2007), the former Florida State Seminole was a game-changer for San Jose. His famed defensive style predicated on press coverage is a key factor in what has made Thomas one of the greatest defensive backs to ever play the game.
Lesué to Compete in Dancing with the Salt Lake Stars
Utah Blaze wide receiver Aaron Lesué will trade in his cleats for a pair of dance shoes this Friday, March 1st as he participates in the second annual Dancing with the Salt Lake Stars competition. In an effort to raise support for the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, Lesué will step off the turf and into the world of ballroom dancing to put his footwork to the test.
Lesué is one of several local celebrities that will perform a routine live on stage tomorrow at the Sheraton in downtown Salt Lake City. Over the past four weeks, he has been as been perfecting his moves with the help of talented dance professional Laura Payne Juarez.
"It seemed like a lot of work at first, but it has actually picked up recently," Lesué stated. "Just like football, it comes with a ton of repetition. It's hard because if you mess up one step, you throw off the whole routine."
"Because Aaron is an athlete, he has great coordination and has picked up the choreography quickly," said Juarez. "I didn't go easy on him with the footwork or tricks and he's really come through. He's going to surprise everyone, and I would love to see him win this competition!"
Dancing with the Salt Lake Stars will be held at the Sheraton in downtown Salt Lake City this Friday, March 1st from 6:30pm - 10:00pm. If you would like to purchase tickets, contact the American Cancer Society of Utah at 801-483-1500.

Champions Professional Indoor Football League
Omaha Beef take on the Nebraska Lawdawgs this Sunday at the Ralston Arena
Omaha Beef announces their first home game of the season at the new Ralston Arena. Omaha Beef will play the Nebraska Lawdawgs this Sunday, March 3rd, at the all-new Ralston Arena located at 7300 Q St. Ralston, NE 68127. There will be a ribbon cutting at 2:00 P.M. at the Ralston arena for all of those who would like to celebrate the new season before the game. The game will begin at 3:00 P.M. Season tickets are at the low price of $89 and single tickets can be purchased for $15. Further ticketing information can be accessed at the Ralston Arena Ticketing Office at (800) 440-3741 or

Indoor Football League
Nebraska Danger Set for IFL Opener against Defending Champion Storm
The 2013 IFL season begins this Saturday, March 2 for the Nebraska Danger as they host defending league champion Sioux Falls. The Storm will bring a 1-0 record to the Heartland Events Center as they defeated the Green Bay Blizzard 64-41 in their season opening contest.
The Danger defeated the Lincoln Haymakers 56-21 last week in an exhibition game with the team from the CPIFL. After a slow start, head coach Mike Davis liked what he saw from his team.
"We didn't have a great start, so that's a concern," Davis said. "But, I thought our guys came together and played pretty well in the second half. That said, the way we played, we are a long way off from beating a team with the resume of Sioux Falls. It will take our best effort on Saturday night."
In the win against the Haymakers, the Danger did most of the work on the ground. They ran 23 times for 68 yards, with newcomer Randy Bell leading the way with 50 yards on five carries and a touchdown. He'll join Daniel Libre in the backfield for the first game of the season.
Davis' defense will be relied on heavily on Saturday as the Storm bring a potent offense to Grand Island led by quarterback Martavious Young. Young, who played at Southern Miss, was named IFL offensive player-of-the-week for his efforts against Green Bay. He threw for 152 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another 101 yards on 18 carries and another score.
Storm linebacker Tyler Knight earned league defensive player-of-the-week honors after racking up 13 tackles and a sack in the Sioux Falls win. The Storm held the Blizzard to just 37 yards rushing in the victory.
Saturday's game is part of a full four-game IFL schedule for week two. In other action, Cedar Rapids will host the Texas Revolution and the Colorado Ice will host the Tri-Cities Fever on Friday night. Also on Saturday, the Chicago Slaughter will host Green Bay. Kickoff is set for 7 PM at the Heartland Events Center.
Tickets for Saturday night are available at area Pump & Pantry stores, the Heartland Events Center Box Office, or via Ticketmaster. Theme for the night is Jersey Night! The game will be available via America One on the B2 network at, as well as broadcast live on 2DayFM 103.1 with veteran sports announcer Brad Fossberg on the play-by-play, or streamed live at
Special events during the game:
Pre-game entertainment by Little Danger Football and Lincoln Elementary School
The Nebraska Danger Danger Dolls Fan tunnel by Lincoln Elementary and Skagway
Performance by Grand Island Northwest's 14 Karat Gold
Presentation of the Colors by area Boy Scouts
National Anthem by Doniphan-Trumbull Schools
Coin Toss by Shawn Smith and Boy Scouts
Appearances by Bones and the Texas Roadhouse Armadillo Halftime performances by the Danger Dolls, 14 Karat Gold, Alpha Omicron Pi and Play it Again Sports Wiffleball Throw for Dough contest benefitting the United Way! (Buy a mini-football from their booth on the Concourse Level for $1 for a chance to win!)
T-shirt shooter throughout game
Pizza Eating Contest with The Bunkhouse Section contests for Nebraska Lottery
Following the game, an autograph party/dance party with Players, Danger Dolls, Ball Babes, Mascots, Coaches and Staff will take place.
Storm Head to Nebraska this Saturday
The Sioux Falls Storm travels to Grand Island, Nebraska to take on the Nebraska Danger this Saturday, March 2nd at 7:00pm.
The Storm started the season with a win in Green Bay, WI. Although many new faces the Storm proved that they could step up and work as a team to start the season with a record of 1-0. This game will be the home opener for Nebraska Danger.
Tune in to KOOL 107.9 FM at 7:00pm CT to hear The Silver Fox, Rich Roste, give the play-by-play for the game. To watch live go to and click on the B2 tab.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Week 2 IFL Players of the Week Announced

The Indoor Football League (IFL) is proud to announce the Week 2 Players of the Week. In the only regular season game on the schedule in Week 2, the Cedar Rapids Titans improved their record to 2-0 with a hard fought 58-52 victory over the Chicago Slaughter, who fell to 0-2.
Offensive Player of the Week: Bryan Pray (WR, Cedar Rapids Titans)
If Bryan Pray had his way, Cedar Rapids would play Chicago every week. Pray (5'7, 170, Pittsburg State) had another monster game against the Slaughter, hauling in 4 passes for 71 yards and 3 touchdowns. One of the touchdowns came on a 40 yard bomb from QB Colton Hansen in the 3rd quarter. After the Titans jumped out to an early lead, the Slaughter slowly began to fight their way back into the game. However, all three of Pray's touchdowns came in the 2nd half and helped solidify the win for the Titans. Currently, Pray leads the league with 5 receiving touchdowns on the season.
Defensive Player of the Week: Trevor Glomski (LB, Cedar Rapids Titans)
After giving up a franchise high 191 yards rushing to the Slaughter in Week 1 the Titans knew they had to make some adjustments in the Week 2 rematch. Trevor Glomski (6'1, 240, Concordia) stepped up in a big way, leading the charge to allow only 53 rushing yards. Glomski recorded 13 tackles (6 solo, 7 assisted) including 2.5 for loss. In addition, the Titans defense did not allow the Slaughter to convert a 3rd conversion during the entire game (0-9). Cedar Rapids will need another strong effort from Glomski this week if they hope to slow down the high powered offense of the Texas Revolution. The Revolution lit up the score board for a total of 103 points in their preseason opener last week.
Special Teams Player of the Week: Kyle Jenkins (DL, Chicago Slaughter)
Jenkins (6'4, 250, Northern Illinois) and the rest of the Chicago's Special Teams unit did all they could to keep the Slaughter in the game on Sunday. Jenkins blocked two Radamez Rubio field goal attempts, one of which occurred during the 4th quarter and was returned by teammate Lenny Radtke for a touchdown. Jenkins also turned in an inspired defensive performance, accounting for 6 tackles (3 solo, 3 assisted) 3.5 for loss, and 2.5 sacks. Despite the early season struggles, the Slaughter will look to get on track Saturday night when they host their bitter rivals the Green Bay Blizzard.

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Arena Football League
Troy Healthcare gives Philadelphia Soul sponsorship relief
Arena Football League (AFL) team Philadelphia Soul have signed a sponsorship deal with Troy Healthcare, the makers of the Stopain pain relief brand.
The deal will see Stopain receive extensive brand advertising around the 17,500-capacity Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, along with opportunities for products sampling with Soul fans. No financial terms were announced.  
Ron Jaworski, the managing owner of the Philadelphia Soul who is also a former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback and a Stopain national spokesperson, said: “I truly believe in Stopain. It has helped me manage pain relief from years of playing professional football. Partnering Stopain with the Philadelphia Soul is a natural extension of our relationship and will surely prove to be advantageous for Stopain’s brand visibility.”
Thomas Cicini, president and chief executive of Troy Healthcare, added: “So many athletes are plagued with muscle and back pain, so there’s certainly a direct connection with the Stopain brand. And we found the Philadelphia Soul fan base to be extremely interested in team sponsors and loyal to their products. This partnership is highly relevant to our brand and will help us increase awareness for Stopain with Arena Football fans and professional sports.”
Soul Set to Begin Training for 2013 Season
The 2012 American Conference Champion Philadelphia Soul, presented by Parx Casino, will begin training camp on Thursday, Feb. 28, when all players of the 35-man roster are to report. The practices for training camp will be held at the NovaCare Complex in Philadelphia and will begin on Saturday, March 2.
Entering training camp, the Soul have 11 players from last season's American Conference Champion team. The top returners of the 2012 season include: QB Dan Raudabaugh, FB Derrick Ross, WR Tiger Jones, DB Rayshaun Kizer and DL Bryan Robinson.
"It's always important to have key weapons return to the team," said Soul head coach, Clint Dolezel. "It makes your job a little easier as a coach heading into the season. But, at the end of the camp, we still need to pick 24 of these very talented players. It's important that the players represent their full potential at this training camp to prove to us they will help our team win."
Dolezel, entering his first season as the head coach of the Soul, assembled a new coaching staff for the upcoming season. Two-time First Team All-Arena performer, Phil Bogle, begins his second coaching stint with the Soul as the assistant head coach. Former Philadelphia Eagle, Hollis Thomas; Chris McKinney; Steve Criswell; and Donald Malloy will join Dolezel and Bogle as assistant coaches.
The team will start practice March 2 until first cuts take place on March 8. The first cuts will reduce the roster to 28 players. The final 24-man roster will be announced on March 16 when training camp ends. The Soul open their 2013 season on Saturday, March 23 at 9 p.m. in Phoenix, against the Arizona Rattlers for an ArenaBowl XXV rematch, which will be televised on CBS Sports Network.
The 2013 training camp roster consists of 23 AFL veterans and 12 rookies. The All-Arena players on the Soul's rosters are: two-time All-Arena WR Tiger Jones, two-time All-Arena DB Rayshaun Kizer, All-Arena DL Bryan Robinson, and two-time All-Arena FB Derrick Ross.
Barnstormers Unveil New Uniforms for 2013
The Barnstormers' roster isn't the only thing that's undergone changes this offseason. With training camp scheduled to start in just 4 days, the team showed off their new-look uniforms at a late-morning press conference at Montana Mike's Steakhouse on Tuesday. Four players were on hand with Head Coach Mike Hohensee to reveal the uniforms that will be worn by the Barnstormers during the 2013 season.
The biggest change in the uniform is probably the "reversing " of colors on the helmet. The Barnstormers have gone from their standard gold helmets with black goggles to a modern looking black helmet with gold goggles. In addition, the team will be sporting new black pants with gold and red highlights. The uniform tops remain virtually unchanged from what the team has worn for the last five seasons. "Our goal was to update the look of our uniform, while continuing to honor the rich history of the Barnstormers franchise, and I feel that we accomplished just that", stated Barnstormers Team President Jeff Lamberti. Among the biggest fans of the new uniforms were the Barnstormers players. Wide Receiver Marco Thomas said "I already feel faster", while Defensive End Mike Lewis said "I can't wait to get on the field and hit someone in these new uniforms! It's time to go to work." Images of the new uniforms are attached.
The Barnstormers will go to work officially this Friday, when the team kicks-off their 2013 training camp. The team will practice for the first time on Saturday morning at the PAC Center on the William Penn University campus in Oskaloosa, IA. Individual game tickets for the 2013 season go on sale this Monday, March 4 at 10:00am. The home opener is scheduled for Friday, April 5 at 7:05pm.
AFL Global to Hold Open Tryout in Hawaii March 9
AFL Global LLC announces that it will hold an open player tryout in Honolulu, HI in conjunction with the Hawaii Gridiron League on Saturday, March 9. This tryout serves as the first official event for the organization that will focus on the "AFL China" project to start an Arena Football League in China in the Fall of 2014.
The tryout will be held at the Radford High School at 4361 Salt Lake Blvd., Honolulu, HI 96818.
AFL Global's Vice President of Football Operations Tom Goodhines, who also serves as the Arena Football League's Philadelphia Soul General Manager, will be joined by AFL Global staff in attendance to evaluate and interview players and coaches in attendance. Kickers will also be evaluated at this tryout.
"This is a historic first step as we look to start Arena Football in China," said Goodhines. "Our partnership with the Hawaii Gridiron League allows us to use this occasion as a springboard into what will be a historic journey. The players that we will be looking for will not only possess the ability to play, but will be asked to help teach and coach the Chinese players that will be participating in our games."
For these tryouts, AFL Global is looking for players and coaches that will have the opportunity to be involved in Beijing training sessions starting in May 2013, exhibition games slated for October 2013 or possibly play or coach in China under the AFL China in Fall of 2014. Players may even be considered by the Philadelphia Soul in the AFL.
Coaches looking to participate should attend an informal "Meet and Greet" at Tiki's Grill & Bar, 2570 Kalakaua Ave., Honolulu, HI 96815 on Friday, March 8 from 6-8 p.m.
All participants can pre-register before Thursday, March 7 at AFL Global Hawaii Tryouts or The cost of the tryout is $50 for those who pre-register and $70 at the door by cash, money order or certified funds only. A t-shirt will be included in the cost and all fees are non-refundable. On the day of the tryout, registration will begin at 8 a.m., with stretching starting promptly at 9 a.m.
Players will be tested on their 40-yard time, broad jump and short shuttle with other position-specific drills and one-on-ones to follow. Please bring appropriate workout gear and shoes/cleats. Testing will take place on field turf - no metal cleats are permitted. A trainer will be on hand for emergencies only - not for player taping.
Sharks to Open Training Camp this Weekend
The 2012 South Division Champion Jacksonville Sharks announced Tuesday that the team will begin its 2013 training camp this coming weekend, three weeks before the team's regular-season opener on March 23 at Tampa Bay.
The 2013 Sharks will gather for a day of team meetings and physicals on Friday, March 1 before hitting the field for the first practice of the season on Saturday, March 2. The team will practice in full pads for the first time on Monday, March 4.
After two weeks of practice, the Sharks will test themselves in a preseason scrimmage against the Orlando Predators, to be held at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, March 15 on Sea Best Field at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. This preseason contest will serve as a great chance for the Sharks' coaching staff to evaluate their squad's roster before final roster decisions must be made.
Following the conclusion of the preseason game, the team will turn its attention to the Tampa Bay Storm in preparation for the teams' Week 1 matchup in Tampa on Saturday, March 23.
Most training camp practices will be held at Plantation Park, located at 3060 Race Track Road in St. Johns. Beginning on March 4, practices will typically take place from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. All practices held at Plantation Park will be open to the public. The teams' practices on March 2 and 3 will be held at The Bolles School and will be closed to the public.
While the Sharks will make every effort to adhere to the released practice schedule, practice times and locations are subject to change due to weather and other circumstances.
Please see below for a comprehensive list of key dates leading up to the start of the 2013 season.
March 1: Team Meetings and Physicals
March 2-3: Practice (CLOSED to the public)
March 4-9: Practice, 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
March 10: Off day
March 11-14: Practice, 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
March 15: Preseason scrimmage vs. Orlando, 8:00 p.m.
March 16-17: Off days
March 18-21: Practice, time and location TBA
March 22: Travel to Tampa, FL
March 23: Jacksonville Sharks at Tampa Bay Storm, 7:30 p.m.
KNBR to Broadcast SaberCats Games in 2013
The San Jose SaberCats and KNBR announced today that KNBR 1050 will be the radio home for all SaberCats football games during the 2013 season. The SaberCats open the 2013 slate on the road on Saturday, March 23 against the defending Central Division champion San Antonio Talons at the AlamoDome at 5:30 p.m. PT. San Jose's home opener is in Week 2 against the Orlando Predators on Friday, March 29 at 7:30 p.m. PT at the HP Pavilion. Season ticket packages start as low as $85 and are on sale now. Contact (408) 673-3400 or for more information.
"We are very proud to partner with KNBR again this season, as they are the home for Bay Area sports on the radio," said Owner/Head Coach Darren Arbet. "As an organization, we are looking forward to our fans being able to listen to all of our games throughout the season as we make our run at ArenaBowl XXVI."
The partnership also includes a wide range of weekly SaberCats programming, including a weekly coach's show with Arbet, Bob Fitzgerald and Rod Brooks on the Fitz and Brooks show on KNBR 680 (weekdays from 12:00 - 3:00 p.m. PT), as well as 15-minute pregame and postgame shows on game days.

Champions Professional Indoor Football League
Omaha Beef Announce 2013 Sponsorship Opportunities
The Omaha Beef have moved and they are bringing their loyal fan following with them. Join them as they kick off their 14th season in the new, state of the art Ralston Arena. Excitement is at a fever pitch and growing in anticipation of the inaugural kick-off against the Nebraska Lawdogs on Sunday, March 03, 2013 at 3 pm. A 1:00 Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will precede the game that everyone is encouraged to attend.
Fans will recognize many familiar faces when the Beef takes the field. Among them, returning coaches, Andy Yost and James Kerwin, veteran players and fan favorites like the Prime Dancers, and the Meatheads, and of course, all their fellow fans who will be there, making themselves comfortable in the new and extremely fan friendly environment. There is also some exciting changes in store such as new uniforms and new opponents in the CPIFL league which the Beef have joined this season. The new league will afford fans the opportunity to attend away games in close proximity to Omaha. The team is also under the direction of new owners, Rich Tokheim and Jim Tokheim, who are committed to maintaining the strong fan support that the Beef has always enjoyed and continuing its tradition as an affordable and family friendly sports entertainment option.
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Wild Signs Wichita Native for 2013 Season
The Wichita Wild is pleased to announce the signing of Defensive Tackle, Darius Parish, for the 2013 season. This will be Parish's first year playing professional indoor football, joining the Wild after playing college football at Central Methodist University and the University of Kansas. His size on the defensive line will be a key addition for the Wild defense.
Parish, a native of Wichita, parlayed a talented high school football career at Wichita North into a scholarship at the University of Kansas. As a true freshman, Parish earned playing time as a back-up on the defensive line. He went on to record eight tackles in a season which saw KU earn an 8-5 record and an Insight Bowl victory. While in the process of transitioning to a position change to the offensive line, Darius redshirted his sophomore year. The following season, as a redshirt sophomore, Parish switched back to the defensive line before transferring from KU to Central Methodist University where he played one season. As a senior at Central Methodist, he recorded 14 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, and 2.5 sacks.
Parish returns to his hometown after staring as a dual sport athlete at Wichita North, participating in both track and football, achieving success in both. He placed fifth in state at shot put his junior year, but ultimately receiving his most resounding success on the football field. His senior year Parish recorded 32 tackles, 1.5 sacks, and recovered a fumble.
"I'm just happy to have the opportunity to play for the team and to be picked up by the Wild," said Parish. "This is a strong team in a strong league and I look forward to have the opportunity to play."
Parish joins the Wichita Wild for the 2013 season in the CPIFL, the Champions Professional Indoor Football League, which is set to kick off on March 9 when the Wild travel to Tulsa to take on the Oklahoma Defenders. Both season tickets and single game tickets are now on sale, starting at $24 and $5 respectively. For tickets to the home opener on March 23rd against the Kansas Koyotes, call (316) 927-2999. For more news visit or follow the team on Facebook and Twitter (@wichita_wild).
Omaha Beef Announce Player Signings
The OMAHA BEEF are proud to announce the resigning of the 2012 IFL Defensive Rookie of the Year Peter Buck, and the signing of CB Michael Phillips LB Buck (6'1, 230)returns to the Omaha Beef after his rookie season in 2012. As a member of the Beef, Buck recorded a 142 tackles, 2.5 sacks, two interceptions and a defensive touchdown. In addition, his 142 tackles ranked third in single season IFL history. For his rookie season Buck was named 2012 IFL Defensive Rookie of the Year as well as a Second Team All- IFL Linebacker.
"Peter Buck was one of the best defensive players in the IFL last season and we are very excited to have him return to Omaha", said Defensive Coordinator James Kerwin. "When Buck is in the game it seems like he is in on every play and is very difficult to account for. He does everything very well and is a real impact player. His experience, ability, and leadership really make him a great cornerstone of our football team" Before joining the Beef the Vacaville, CA native was a four-year starter at Sacramento State University.
The Beef have also added CB Michael Phillips. Phillips (5'11,205) joins the Beef after playing for the Allen Wranglers in 2012. As a Wrangler, Phillips appeared in eight games and made 29 tackles, two interceptions and two forced fumbles.
"Mike is a dynamic player and a savvy veteran who we feel can come in and have a tremendous impact for us defensively and from a leadership standpoint", added Coach Kerwin. " He is a true professional on and off the field and is someone we expect big things from in 2013 and beyond." Phillips attended the University of Pittsburgh where as a Panther Phillips played in 39 games and recorded 129 tackles, three interceptions and one forced fumble. Phillips has spent time with the Cleveland Browns as well.
The Beef have moved to the brand new, 3,500 seat Ralston Arena after playing the last 13 seasons at the 8,100 seat Omaha Civic Auditorium. Fans are encouraged to secure their tickets fast and visit the Ralston Arena to personally select their seats. Visit the Omaha Beef at or Facebook to see seat selection, or call 402.346.BEEF. Season ticket reservations are also currently available by email
Omaha will play a six regular season game in the new Champions Professional Indoor Football League, and will host geographical rivals like Sioux City, Kansas City and Lincoln.

Continental Indoor Football League
Under New Ownership, Thunder Head Back To Detroit
The Detroit Thunder are coming home. With the acquisition of the Thunder franchise by Terrence and Lawrence Foster their first move was to bring the indoor football franchise back to the Detroit-area.
"The Detroit Thunder will play their remaining home games at the Taylor Sportsplex this season," said Co-Owner Terrence Foster, "The Taylor Sportsplex is only minutes from the Detroit Metro Airport and will be an ideal location for us to play in for the duration of the season."
The Thunder have no easy task ahead of themselves this week in their "official" home opener after being handed a loss at the hands of the Erie Explosion last week in part of a double-header that took place at The McMorran Place in Port Huron, MI.
"Detroit is nearly an hour from Port Huron," said Foster, "Playing in Port Huron did not allow our Detroit fan-base to grow; especially without them being able to enjoy the product on the field without incurring travel costs."
The Thunder will welcome the defending CIFL Champion Saginaw Sting to the Taylor Sportsplex on Sunday 3/3 with a 4PM kickoff. Tickets for the game are only $10 and can be purchased at the door on gameday.

Indoor Football League
Colorado Ice Dominant in Preseason Opener
The Colorado Ice kicked off 2013 in impressive fashion last Thursday night, as they overpowered the Metro State Club Football Team on their way to a 105-0 win at home.
The Ice took control early and never relinquished it, racing out to a 35 point lead by the end of the first quarter and a 70 point advantage by half-time. Both teams agreed to play the second half with accelerated clock rules in the interest of sportsmanship and to keep the game moving towards a conclusion.
Head Coach Heron O'Neal now has the tough task of deciding who the Ice will have in their 21 active player spots on March 1st when the Ice start the regular season with a home game against the Tri-Cities Fever. By IFL rules, each team must have a finalized 25 man roster 48 hours before kickoff, with four of those players being inactive.
The season opener, which kicks off at 7 PM at the Budweiser Events Center, will be a stiff test, as the Fever are the two-time defending champions of the Intense Conference and were named the 2012 IFL Franchise of the Year.

Legends Football League
LFL Secures Host Stadium For Brazil World Bowl
LFL officials have reached an agreement with a prominent stadium in Brazil to host the 2014 LFL World Bowl, which will include a playoff between National Teams from the USA, Canada, Australia and Europe.
The top twenty athletes and top three coaches from each league will represent their respective countries in a championship series of games in July 2014. National Team rosters of players and coaches will be announced in March 2014.
Each of the two playoff games, as well as the LFL World Bowl, will be played in between World Cup matches so as not to compete with any World Cup events.
The 1st round will include USA facing Canada while Australia battles Europa. The winners of the playoff round will advance to play in the first-ever LFL World Bowl on the eve of the World Cup Final, July 12th 2014.
The LFL World Bowl will be played once every four years alongside the world cup.
Over half a million visitors are expected to be in Brazil for the 2014 World Cup, and each LFL game is expected to draw 30,000-50,000 fans. (More details to be announced in the coming weeks)
“Securing the ideal stadium is the first step in our development. It will surely be a surreal experience for our staff, players and coaches. The magnitude of this championship series will be incredible for our sport, crowning a true world champion,” said Mitchell S. Mortaza, Founder & Chairman, Legends Football League, LLC.

Professional Indoor Football League
Panthers Announce 4th Annual "Meet and Greet Party"
The Back-to-Back Champion and reigning Professional Indoor Football League Champion Albany Panthers announce their 4th Annual "Meet and Greet Party". Festivities will be held on Friday, March 1st from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Phoebe Field at the Albany James H. Gray Civic Center. All Panthers fans are invited to watch as the team holds its annual Purple and White Game presented by Home Town Auto Sales.
Following the intra-squad scrimmage, fans will have the opportunity to get autographs while meeting the Panther players, coaches, dancers, and of course, mascot Prowler. As always, this is a FREE event that is open to the public. Doors to the Albany James H. Gray Civic Center open at 5:30 p.m.
Panthers ticketing representatives will be on hand. All fans will have the opportunity to purchase season tickets, starting as low as $60! Tickets can also be purchased by phone at (229) 435-1230, at the Civic Center box office or online at
"Our Meet and Greet Party is always an exciting time because it gives all of our loyal followers a sneak peek at the 2013 Panthers," said Panthers General Manager Will Carter. "Fans get to interact with the team, meet their favorite players and watch the team scrimmage as we prepare for the start of the PIFL season. It is also a great opportunity to pick your seats for season tickets. This is an event the team always looks forward to during training camp."
Nighthawks Join Together with FISH Hospitality Pantries
The Knoxville Nighthawks have teamed up with FISH Hospitality Pantries to raise awareness for families in need in East Tennessee. FISH Hospitality Pantries provides food for over 11,000 families every month and does not turn away anyone who is in need. Nighthawks Owner Jeff Knight said "Over the last few years the economy has hit everyone hard. We just wanted to find a way to try and help and I am amazed at what the volunteers at FISH do serving the Knoxville community". "The Nighthawks will be collecting non perishable items at all 6 home games as well as the playoffs. For every 2 non perishable food items get $2 off.
Panthers Announce Single Game Tickets on Sale Today
The Back-to-Back Champion and reigning Professional Indoor Football League Champion Albany Panthers announced today that single game tickets for the 2013 Professional Indoor Football League season are going on sale today, Wednesday, Feb. 27th at 10:00 a.m. EST. Individual tickets can be purchased for as low as $12 per ticket. The Panthers open their season on the road against the Louisiana Swashbucklers on Saturday, March 9th and the home opener is slated for Saturday, March 16th against the Columbus Lions on Phoebe Field at the Albany James H. Gray Civic Center at 7:30 p.m. ET.
"We are looking forward to a successful 2013 season and are encouraged by more than one hundred fifty thousand fans that came through the Civic Center turnstiles during the past three seasons," said PanthersGeneral Manager Will Carter. "The 2013 schedule is extremely attractive and we are anticipating another season of high demand games."
Individual tickets can be purchased by visiting, through the Albany Civic Center box office, by phone at (229) 435-5200, or at any Ticketmaster outlet location.
Albany Panthers season tickets are still available for the 2013 season, one of the best values in all of professional sports, season ticket or group packages (discounts are available for groups of 20 or more) can be purchased by calling the Albany Panthers offices at (229) 435-1230 or logging on to

Ultimate Indoor Football League
UIFL Terminates Miami Sting
The Ultimate Indoor Football League has announced the Miami Sting will not compete in 2013. Do to unforeseen circumstances; the ownership group of the Miami Sting is currently not meeting all the obligations of the UIFL territory agreements. As a result of these circumstances, the UIFL has elected to terminate the ownership groups affiliation with the league. This formal release is effective immediately. The UIFL has worked diligently to find a new ownership group to allow the Sting to play this year. The UIFL was unable to secure new ownership in time to be competitively prepared for the 2013 season. The first game affected by the change is the Corpus Christi Fury, which will now travel to Missouri to take on the Missouri Monsters on Friday March 8th. The league has released the full revised schedule at