Followers of Arena Football Gain Another League
Once upon a time following FOOTBALL was easy. You had college and Pro leagues. Then Arena Football came around and taught us Football Fans that there was Spring Football. Those were the good old days.
Honestly, the best Football to watch is YOUTH Football. Those kids play for REAL. They leave it all on the field week after week. Even High School Football has come to be about MONEY. How much money can the schools make. But Arena Football need to be like the NFL. Money Making Machines. The Fans now have to chose on which teams and what leagues they will follow.
The Orlando reunion with the National Arena League didn’t go over well with Pred Head’s who woved to Boycott all the Arena Games in Orlando unless it was the Predators. All us Fans want are good games. With Good Players. And Other teams that we can SCREAM AT.
The once powerhouse that the Arena Football League was is back at 6 teams as Albany, NY was named a new city joining Tampa, Washington, Philadelphia. Cleveland and Baltimore. Since its inception in 1987 the AFL was the PLACE for Arena Football. The 2015 Fallout watched the AFL implode to 5 teams, while the others either joined other leagues or folded.
The National Arena League united the Columbus Lions, and their fan base back into arena football with the Jacksonville Sharks pushing the league into the forefront and then getting Lehigh Valley Steelhawks, Monterrey Steel and the Georgia Firebirds to join the league. The Jersey Flight was added to start this year, but its doubtful that the Firebirds or the Steel will suit up for the 2018 Season. Leaving them with 4.
Now the The American Arena League is yet another first-year league by name, however, since it evolved through the merger of the Arena Pro Football League and the Can-Am Indoor Football League, this league has some potential. Now at 12 teams, the only thing that may stop the AAL is themselves.
And here comes the Independent Indoor Football Association. President Brandon Robertson states that the league, scheduled to start in 2018 will kick off with 6 teams. 4 Teams with HOMES and 2 Traveling Teams. The Georgia Aviators(Rome,GA), Georgia Growl(Dalton, GA and the West Florida Fury(Bradenton, FL) are already announced as Teams with HOMES and the Charleston Iron(Charleston, SC) as a travel team.
“We have a business model that plans to help teams, players, coaches, referees, and even staff get to the next level”, said Robertson recently “Our deadline to join is Nov 1. And league meetings are Nov 4. The IIFA will be announcing the remaining 2 teams on Wednesday.
So the QUESTION for discussion is simple. Here a league. There a League. Every where you look there is a new league.
What as a FAN does that do to your team.