June 8, 2008 - Continental Indoor Football League (CIFL) - Rochester Raiders
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (June 8, 2008)- After the Flint Phantoms failed to show
up to the last regular season game of the 2008 CIFL season causing the
game to be canceled the Rochester Raiders will withdraw from the
Continental Indoor Football League. Each team in the CIFL was required
to pay a security fund fee to ensure that each game would be played
during the 2008 season. The Raiders were the only team in the entire
league to comply with this rule. Earlier today after the Raiders were
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the trip to Rochester and the decision to cancel the game was made,
Raiders owner Robert Bartosiewicz contacted league officials asking them
for the security deposit back. His request was denied.
"It is outrageous that something like this can happen."
commented Raiders Owner Bob Bartosiewicz, "The CIFL\'s inability to show
professionalism on this situation is unacceptable. To my knowledge not
one other team complied by this rule and paid the security deposit. If
the league had done a better job enforcing this rule, today would have
never happened the way that it did. It is not fair to our fans to have
to cancel the final regular season game of the year because of something
The Rochester Raiders are not the only team in Rochester to
change leagues in the middle of a season. The Rochester Razorsharks
withdrew from the ABA two years ago. "We had to change leagues in the
middle of our season a couple years ago," stated Razorsharks owner Dr.
Severko Hrywnak, "We had to do if for the sake of fans and the business.
It was not beneficial for us to stay in the league whatsoever. The
Raiders are put in an extremely similar situation right now. I wish them
the best and this seems like the right decision in my opinion by the
With the forfeit the Raiders have finished their tenure in
the Continental Indoor Football League by winning 25 out of their
previous 27 games dating back to last season giving them a 24 game win
streak which is currently the longest in the country. Due to the game
being cancelled all of the Raiders corporate sponsors and season ticket
holders will receive 1/6 of their money invested into the team.
Just because the Raiders have withdrawn from the CIFL does
not mean that they are done playing football this season and years to
come. The Raiders will look for another league to finish out the season
with and for the future. The Raiders wish all the remaining teams in the
CIFL the best of luck for the remainder for the season.