View Full Version : AIFL - Arkansas Indoor Football League
01-21-2004, 09:08 AM
I've been following the structure of the APFL and the IFL and I was thinking about what if in my home state. I like the idea of a regional league.
I would go with a six team league - Texarkana, Little Rock (Barton Arena), Tulsa (Pavillion), Jonesboro, Pine Bluff and Memphis (Mid South)
Players would make the standard $200 a game with winning bonuses.
I know that Tulsa, Little Rock and even Memphis currently have af2 teams but these cities could support a second team.
The AIFL champion could even play the IFL or APFL champion. Every state in the union could set up it's own indoor football league. Look at Texas, it's covered in indoor leagues. A few years ago it was avoided like the plague.
What do you guys think?
01-21-2004, 12:27 PM
Instead of competing with teams already in cities, how about going to cities such as these:
I am not sure if all these towns have arenas suited for indoor football, but I bet some of them do. Also does Ft. Smith and Fayetteville, AR have places you could play in?
01-22-2004, 12:39 AM
Well, if these cities ever did get Indoor teams by some league, I just hope they all use NHL size rinks too play in. Please, no more Evansvilles where the feild is 42 yards long with 3 yard endzones (think god Sioux City got a new Arena too). I say if you don't have a facility that houses an NHL size rink in, than it can't be considered for expansion.
01-22-2004, 09:04 PM
The regional indoor football league seems to be the latest style. The Utah Indoor Football League has been around for a few seasons, the United States Inside Football League is somewhat a regional league, and there was the Nebraska Indoor Football League.
01-22-2004, 10:01 PM
My list of cities:
AF2/NIFL/APFL Size Cities
Cedar Rapids or Iowa City, IA (within driving distance of each other)
Des Moines, IA (someone should return here, every year passes and still no return of the Barnstormers, not even any talk)
St Louis, MO
Kansas City, MO
Portland, OR (I am torn where to place them, smaller list or this one)
Only problem I have is some states like IL and MO if add the above and below could start to oversaturate the markets?
01-23-2004, 12:58 AM
I agree about Des Miones. Its right next store too the NIFL and I have no clue why the NIFL doesn't try too setup shop in that town. Its close too Omaha and could help too establish teams near the great lakes region (like Madision, Wisconson).
Ya, the fans their are mad that their is no AFL team anymore, but they drew fairly good crowds in the AFL. I think it could easily survive with an NIFL team.
Not sure about any of this.. but...
As far as the AFL in Kansas City and St. Louis... Springfield, MO in an NIFL or similar league..
That would not saturate any market...
Kansas City is on the west side between Kansas and Missouri....
St. Louis clear on the east side with Illinois and Missouri..
And Springfield is down in the southwest part close to Arkansas..
These are 3 completely distinct markets with no bleed over...
And Springfield, Mo.. I am suprised they haven't been much of a player in minor league sports.. It's not as big as other regional cities such as Wichita, Tulsa, or Little Rock... But it's a little bigger than Topeka or Lincoln... Both of whom have had teams in various leagues...
Is it a problem of no Arena to house a indoor football team??
I don't know.. I'm sure someone here would have an answer though...
01-24-2004, 09:35 AM
I live about 60 miles from Springfield. Mo. Currently, the city does not have an arena big enough for indoor football. However they do have a jr. hockey team (Springfield Spirit - NAHL), dont think the arena can accomadate indoor football.
The city is pushing for a AA baseball team and they already have a FL team in Ozark (Ozark Ducks) I think they need a hockey and an indoor football team. They do have a NAFL football team and a womens football team. I'm sure, sooner or later they will build a indoor arena.
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