Arena Football League
Chase signs major deal to back sport in Tampa Bay
the North American consumer and commercial banking business of JPMorgan
Chase, has signed a major new multi-year deal to partner the Tampa Bay
Times Forum and its two resident teams, the National Hockey League’s
(NHL) Tampa Bay Lightning and the Tampa Bay Storm Arena Football League
immediate effect, Chase becomes the official bank, credit card,
financial services partner, ATM provider and community partner of the
three entities, which are all controlled by Tampa Bay Sports and
the terms set out in the agreement, Chase will offer its customers and
Tampa Bay fans discounts on team merchandise and in-arena experiences
through a rewards scheme, as well as scheduling player meet-and-greets
at local branches.
company will also benefit from prominent exposure at the venue through
on-ice and dasherboard signage, in addition to naming rights to the
all-inclusive Chase Club, the Times Forum's most exclusive seating area.
ever with a deal as wide-ranging as this, a community component has
been included. Chase will support a number of community projects in the
Greater Tampa Bay area, providing volunteers to help the Lightning
upgrade hockey rinks and give hundreds of sets of hockey equipment to
local youth, as well as supporting local military vets and the
University of South Florida's MBA in Sports and Entertainment Management
The partnership will be launched at a special in-game ceremony on Thursday when the Lightning host the New York Islanders.
are fans of Tampa Bay and are very proud to be partnering with one of
our city's most important landmarks in bringing the attributes of the
Chase brand to the arena,” said Mel Martinez, chairman for JPMorgan
Chase in Florida.
importantly, we are teaming up with an organisation that shares our
commitment to building strong communities and together we will be making
a difference among young sport fans in Tampa.”
Vinik, the chairman of Tampa Bay Sports and Entertainment, added: "We
appreciate the leadership at JPMorgan Chase of Florida for sharing our
community-first vision and investing with us to enrich lives in the
Tampa Bay area.
believe the partnership will benefit not only both organisations, but
most importantly we believe this will be good for the people of our
is a major supporter of sport in the US through partnerships with the
likes of Orlando’s Amway Center, New York’s Madison Square Garden and
the US Open Tennis Championships.
With Two Days Left, Soul Trade for DL from Chicago
2012 American Conference Champion Philadelphia Soul, presented byParx
Casino, added another player to their defensive line this week
byacquiring DL Ko Quaye (6'1, 305, South Dakota) from the Chicago
Rush.In return for Quaye, the Soul sent the No. 4pick in the claim order
played the 2012 season with the Tampa Bay Storm.Before his AFL
experience, he spent time with the NFL Jacksonville Jaguars, Buffalo
Bills, and Cleveland Browns.Quaye will join DL Dustin Barno (6'3, 275,
East Stroudsburg), DL Bryan Robinson (6'3, 290,Wesley), DL Lawon Scott
(6'1, 305, Mississippi), and OL/DL Jason Townson (6'4,325, Tennessee
is the last day of practice for the 2013 training camp.The Soul will
conclude their camp on Saturday, March 16, with a joint practice with
the Pittsburgh Power at the NovaCare Complex from 8 to 10:30 a.m.
SPOTLIGHT:QB DAN RAUDABAUGH (6'3, 230, MIAMI (OH)): QB Dan Raudabaugh
returned to Philadelphia after a record-breaking 2012 season.Raudabaugh
set the single season records of: yards in a season (4,790),passing
touchdowns (115), and pass completions (362).Raudabaugh also set a Soul
record for passing touchdowns in a game (11).
OF THE DAY:"I try to take care of my body," said Soul veteran LB Joe
Goosby about his offseason conditioning."I watch films, see where I can
make more tackles.I continuously hit the gym to stay in shape, and I do
different foot work drills that will translate over to the field so I
can play at a higher level than the season before.Before each season, I
always set high expectations for myself.This season, I want to get 100
tackles and 10 interceptions."In regards to which Philly Big Five
schools has the best chance of winning the March Madness, Goosby
replied, "Not to take anything away from Villanova or Temple, but I have
to go with LaSalle.They're one of my sleepers in this tournament."
TO SEE YOU, AGAIN:Soulhead coach and AFL Hall of Fame QB, Clint
Dolezel, retired from the AFL in 2008 when he was playing for the Dallas
Desperados.One of his targets while finishing up his career during the
2007 and 2008 seasons was new acquisition WR Andrae Thurman (6'0, 185,
Thurman's rookie season, Dolezel made the Al Lucas Hero Team Award and
the All-Arena Second Team.During those two seasons, Dolezel threw for
7,520 yards, 173 touchdowns, and 19 interceptions. Thurman finished his
rookie and sophomore seasons with 91 catches, 1,137 yards, and 27
the two pairing up again this season, it will be interesting to see if
the quarterback-turned-coach Dolezel still has the chemistry with
Shock to Reveal 2013 Team at Fairchild Air Force Base
will be flying high at the Fairchild air force base on Sunday, March 17
at 3:30 p.m. as the Spokane Shock will reveal the 2013 team at
Fairchild Air Force base.
official announcement will take place at a hangar on base where players
will be announced as they exit a plane big enough for the event, a
Spokane Shock, an organization that is continually involved in the
area, are looking forward to working with an organization that shares
the same passion, the Fairchild Air Force base.
am very excited to be working with the Fairchild Air Force Base this
season as it's an honor to be involved with such great people," said
Andy Olson, Spokane Shock Arena Football head coach. "We feel that
partnering with Fairchild will be great for Spokane and hopefully
together we can continue to build on an already tight knit community -
we are proud to have an Air Force Base locally that does so much in the
event is sure to be a scoring drive for the air force base and the
Spokane Shock as the event unites two organizations that are closely
involved with the community.
the 2013 team at the air force base will be a highlight for both
organizations before the Spokane Shock's season home opener on April
12th against the Arizona Rattlers.
Storm Training Camp Day 12
the Storm was greeted by Arena Football League Commissioner Jerry Kurz.
Commissioner Kurz' stop at Storm training camp was part of his annual
AFL training camp tour. He spoke on a number of topics, and the overall
message was a positive one.
to the visit, the Storm worked on becoming an even better team. The
players worked on several drills including a no-huddle offense drill.
no-huddle offense keeps the defense on its toes," said Storm offensive
lineman Alfred McCullough. "We already know what the play call will be
so it helps us get the ball down the field."
no-huddle offense is a game plan implemented by a team's offense. It is
typically used during the one-minute drill. With this type of playing
strategy, the offense already knows what plays will be called. When
implementing the no-huddle, the offense moves from one play to the next,
not allowing the defense to set or substitute players.
us, it's beneficial to practice the no-huddle," said Storm defensive
lineman Rodney Beamon. "It tries to keep us off guard, and gets us ready
for anything that might happen during the game."
By practicing the no-huddle along with some special plays, the Storm looks to be prepared for anything this upcoming season.
Forward: Tomorrow marks the final day of Storm training camp. The team
will be practicing out at Skyway Park (3901 George Road) starting at 9
Perspective: "Tomorrow's the last day," said Storm head coach Dave
Ewart. "We are going to keep on plugging away, making you work for those
of the Day: Addressing his team, Storm linebacker John-Kevin Dolce
said, "We only have one more day. You never know what's around the
corner so work your hardest and anything can happen."
Spotlight: Defensive back Vance Cuff returns for his second season in a
Storm uniform. The former Georgia Bulldog was brought in late last
season to help solidify a banged up defensive backfield. He did not
waste any time, reeling in an interception in his first game. His
interception helped lead the Storm to its first road victory of the 2012
season with a win over the Pittsburgh Power. His ability to find the
ball has shown as he hauled in an interception during this morning's
Shock Assigned Levi Horn
The Shock have been assigned offensive linemen Levi Horn to the 2013 roster.
(6-7, 315) joins the 2013 Shock roster for his AFL debut after spending
time with the NFL's Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings after his
collegiate career at the University of Montana. Horn, a Spokane local
and graduate of John R. Rogers High School in 2005, was a 4A first-team
all-state tight end that began his career at the University of Oregon
where he moved to the offensive tackle position. After the 2005 season,
Horn transferred to the University of Montana where he would play his
final three seasons of eligibility and receive first-team All-Big Sky
Conference and FCS All-American honors.
completing his collegiate career, Horn signed with the Chicago bears as
an undrafted free agent following the 2010 NFL draft and would also
spend time with the Minnesota Vikings in 2012.
is a fantastic talent and the first true Spokane local that we've
signed to the Shock roster. We are thrilled to have him join our team
and look forward to seeing what he can add to our offensive line this
season," said Shock General Manager Ryan Rigmaiden.
Champions Professional Indoor Football League
Mustang Up for Grabs
Salina Bomber fan will get the chance to win a brand new Ford Mustang
when the Salina Bombers host I-135 rival Wichita Wild at the
Bicentennial Center this Saturday, March 16. Long McArthur Ford Lincoln
has agreed to this historic giveaway and will provide a 2014 Mustang to
the fan who kicks a football through the uprights from 43 yards.Â
for the Bombers' 2013 Champions Professional Indoor Football League
season opener are $9, $14 and $22, tickets are available for $4.50 and
$7.00 for kids ages 2-12. The box office at the Bicentennial Center is
open 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily and will have extended hours to 8 p.m. on
Friday, March 15 and will be open at noon the day of the game. Fans can
also purchase tickets online at BicentennialCenter.com or by phone at
Mustang up for grabs will be on display at the Bicentennial Center on
Saturday where fans can register to participate. One fan will be chosen
for the contest to be held at halftime.
really wanted to do something historic for the Bombers and Salina."
Said Long McArthur Ford Lincoln General Manager Derrick Lee. "We felt
like a giveaway of this magnitude would be a perfect fit for Salina's
fist professional football franchise."
Gates to the arena will open on Saturday at 5:30, kick-off is scheduled for 7:05 pm.
Omaha Beef Finalize Regular Season Roster
The Omaha Beef today announced the return of former Beef players Matt Rahn and Judd Harrold.
the 6'4", 295 lb center out of Hastings College has been playing
football nearly continuously over the last three years. During the
spring, Rahn has played with several indoor teams including the Omaha
Beef of the IFL and Cleveland Gladiators of the AFL last season, during
the fall he serves as a player coach for Cuiab Arsenal in Brazil. Rahn
already played three games this season with the Chicago Slaughter of the
the 6'5", 235lb receiver out of Division III powerhouse Mount Union,
returns for his second season with the Beef. Harrold recorded 5
touchdowns in 10 games with the Beef in 2012. Omaha head coach Andy Yost
said that it is important to bring back veterans for a successful
season. "These are two guys that just love to play the game and we're
are happy they are back," Yost said. "We are happy with our roster as we
prepare for the regular season opener and can't wait to start the new
Beef will start the CPIFL regular season on Sunday as they travel to
Kansas City to take on the Renegades. Kickoff is at 2:00PM at Kemper
Indoor Football League
Join Slaughter for a St. Patrick's Day Celebration
the team Sunday, March 17 for a St. Patrick's Day celebration! The
Slaughter will face off against the Texas Revolution at 2:05 PM at the
Sears Centre Arena. With your paid game ticket, you will automatically
be entered into our LUCK O' THE IRISH DRAWINGS for prizes including:
Wrigley View Rooftop Tickets, an autographed team football, game worn
jersey, overnight accommodations at the Hotel Cass in Chicago, Adler
Planetarium four pack, and more. The Slaughter players will wear green
jerseys (sponsored by Flood Brothers Disposal/Recycling Services ) and
you'll have three ways to win a game worn jersey - 50/50 raffle, silent
auction, and a live auction. The Pipes and Drums of the Chicago
Highlanders will add to the festive atmosphere.
your St. Patrick's Day Slaughter tee now! Tees are just $10 and can be
preordered and picked up at the game for no additional charge. Shirts
can also be mailed. To order your shirt, click here . The Chicago
Slaughter is proud to once again partner with Shriners Hospitals of
Chicago and Operation Care Package as part of Slaughter Cares. We're
hosting a Toy Drive to benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children in
Chicago on April 6 and April 27. Shriners Hospitals for ChildrenÂ® is a
health care system of 22 hospitals dedicated to improving the lives of
children by providing pediatric specialty care, innovative research, and
outstanding teaching programs for medical professionals. Children up to
age 18 with orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and
cleft lip and palate are eligible for care and receive all services in a
family-centered environment, regardless of the patients' ability to
Slaughter is celebrating Military Appreciation on Saturday, May 11. The
items donated will benefit Operation Care Package. Operation Care
Package is a 501c3 charity dedicated to their mission that no Hero
serving our Nation should be forgotten. Their goal is to support our
Soldiers, Marines, Sailors and Airmen through care packages and letters
of encouragement. For more information on Operation Care Package, visit
their website www.operationcarepackages.org
Storm Home Opener this Sunday
Sioux Falls Storm (1-1) is taking on the Wyoming Cavalry (0-1) at the
Sioux Falls Arena. First Premier Bank is proud to be the sponsor of the
2013 Storm home opener game which kicks off this Sunday, March 17th at
Storm hopes to regain momentum after a tough loss on the road (30-21)
against the Nebraska Danger; the Cavalry are also coming off of a loss
(12-54) against the Cedar Rapids Titans.
Storm defense looks to keep dominating on the field, with Tyler Knight
playing a key role. Knight has made his presence known in both Storm
games this season, with 22 tackles (12 solo, 10 assisted) and 1 sack.
Cavalry's offense had 78 rushing yards, and 11 passing yards in their
first game, but look to accumulate more yards during the game this week.
The team will depend on leadership from quarterback Barney O'Donnell to
keep the team moving forward on the field. Wyoming's defense will work
hard to stop the Storm from scoring, being lead by Bruna Foster who
totaled 11 tackles in this first game (7 solo, 4 assisted).
to the game early to see all of the new and exciting pre-game
introductions. Make sure to check out the apparel stand for Storm St.
Patrick's Day t-shirts and other fun items available for purchase on
Sunday. Doors open at 2pm with a kick off time of 3:05pm.
Cedar Rapids Titans Partner with the Disaster Dogs of Iowa
the Cedar Rapids Titans prepare for their next home game on March 30th
at Mediacom Field inside the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena, we would like to
extend an invitation to our fans and friends to join the Rockwell
Collins Model Aviators Club at their Charity Fly-In on April 13th at the
Eastern Iowa Sports Complex in Hiawatha.
Fly In was created in memory of Johnathan Lloyd Ramsey, with all
proceeds to benefit the Disaster Dogs of Iowa, a local non-profit
corporation that supports the training of canines and their handlers in
the State of Iowa, supporting law enforcement and emergency management
in locating drowning victims, missing hunters, dementia patients, and
those missing because of criminal acts.
April 13th from 9 am - 5 pm there will be flying demonstrations
throughout the Eastern Iowa Sports Complex by AMA (Academy of Model
Aeronautics) pilots from around the Midwest, door prizes, silent
auction, R/C Flight simulators and more. All proceeds will benefit the
Disaster Dogs of Iowa. If you would like to attend, register to fly, or
donate to the cause, go to www.disasterdogsofiowa.org.
Chili's has been generous to offer a voucher good through April 14th
where 10% of your order's value will be donated to Disaster Dogs of
Iowa. Click Here For The Chili's Voucher
it's all about Titans Indoor Professional Football! Saturday, March
30th, the 4-0 Titans take on the Green Bay Blizzard at Mediacom Field
inside the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena. Kickoff is at 7:05pm.
also 80's Night with a special Michael Jackson Tribute at Half Time.
Tickets prices start at just $10. Be sure to visit the St Luke's Family
Fun Zone before the game in the lobby starting at 5:30 pm with FREE
inflatable bounce house, face painting, clown, activities by Macaroni
Kid, band, and more!
Professional Indoor Football League
Panthers Call for a "Black Out"
Back-to-Back Champion and reigning Professional Indoor Football League
Champion Albany Panthers take Phoebe Field Saturday night against the
in-state rival Columbus Lions of the Professional Indoor Football League
want to see the fans "Black Out" the Albany Civic Center.
in the week, our guys made it apparent that they want all Panthers fans
in the house Saturday night to wear black," said General Manager Will
Carter. "It doesn't really matter what it is, Panthers apparel or not,
just put on as much black as you can."
Ultimate Indoor Football League
Monsters Sign Former St. Louis Rams Draft Pick Claude Wroten
The Missouri Monsters are pleased to announce the signing of former St. Louis Rams 3rd round draft pick Claude Wroten.
will continue to recruit the best possible players available. Our goal
is to win games, and entertain fans. Wroten will help solidify our
defensive line, and will help some of the younger players we have." Said
Monsters Owner Andrew Haines.
started his college career at Mississippi Delta before transferring to
LSU. While at LSU Wroten was First-team All-SEC by College Football
News, and Second-Team All-SEC by the Associated Press and the SEC
Coaches. He played 12 games with nine starts. He recorded 44 tackles, 12
tackles for losses, and 6 sacks.
a senior in 2005 he was named First-Team All-American by College
Football News and Second-Team All -American by the Sporting News and
named First-Team All-SEC by both the league's coaches and the AP. He
played in 13 games with 12 starts, had 49 tackles, 10.5 tackles for
losses, 6 sacks, and 26 quarterback hurries.
was drafted in the 3rd round (68th overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft. We
played with the Rams during the 2006 and 2007 seasons. During his rookie
season he played 15 games. He registered 24 tackles, 1.5 sacks, and 2
forced fumbles. In 2009 Wroten played for the Florida Tuskers of the
UFL, where he finished with 13 tackles, 2 sacks, and 2 forced fumbles.
In 2011 he signed in the Canadian Football League with the Toronto Argonauts, and in 2012 with the Edmonton Eskimos.