Players, staff in new league told to put travel plans 'on hold'

Fran
Site Admin
Posts: 1204
Joined: Wed Nov 26, 2003 2:49 am
Location: Southampton, PA
Contact:

Players, staff in new league told to put travel plans 'on hold'

Post by Fran » Tue Mar 29, 2016 3:01 pm

http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20 ... ns-on-hold

Executives, head coaches and general managers with Major League Football, the professional football league that delayed its inaugural season after financing issues last month, will meet this week to discuss "operational" issues affecting the start of the proposed spring season, according to a letter directed to players and agents.

The letter was sent from management to coaches and general managers, who were asked to share it with their players. Team leaders were encouraged to "instruct the players to avoid flooding the Corporate Office or Management Team with phone calls before the meetings are finished so we can be a unified front and put the best plan forward."

Last month, Major League Football announced that Asian Global Capital Ltd. of Hong Kong has offered the company a $20 million equity purchase of the company's common stock and $100 million line of credit in exchange for the right of first refusal to own a franchise in Orlando. That deal has not yet closed. Public records also show that in March the company borrowed $445,000 from a limited liability company in Delaware, but will have to pay back the company $550,000 later.

Renandpat
Site Admin
Posts: 340
Joined: Fri Oct 10, 2014 5:56 pm

Post by Renandpat » Tue Mar 29, 2016 5:06 pm

You overlooked this:
Now with a week to go in April 2016, when the league is supposed to start playing games, there are still no players in sight. But when you talk to senior league official Frank Murtha, there's zero cause for alarm.

"We've made no changes in our plans...There's no issue with financing...We still plan on starting this Spring," he said.

But in the same conversation you hear the following:

"We haven't determined whether there is going to be a delay or not...We've told the players to hold off on coming south for a brief period of time, we're going to notify them what that next date may be."

Murtha says they plan to announce the teams in the league later this week--but not everyone is buying it.

Steve Christie is one of the leading scorers in NFL history. He kicked for the Tampa Bay Bucs, but mostly for the Buffalo Bills. Now he's living on the Suncoast and serving as an agent to younger players. He says he'd like nothing more than for the NFL to have a 'minor league' or 'feeder league' as other sports do--but from what he's heard from former teammates, he's growing less optimistic about Major League Foot Ball.

"I know there were (training) camps scheduled and camps have been delayed, and some of my buddies were supposed to be coaching at those camps and they've been informed to just hold on and don't show up down here yet," Christie said.

Christie also said the fact the league lost $20 million dollars in financing last month-- but have since said they've replaced it--is hard to do.

"I've heard stories from former teammates who have been involved at various levels in this new league and I think that's been a setback. If you lose $20 million, it's rare to hear you have that suddenly replaced," Christie said.

But Murtha says any reports that the league is not on track to begin playing football in the next few weeks are incorrect.

"They are not accurate as of the time we're talking right now," he said.

Renandpat
Site Admin
Posts: 340
Joined: Fri Oct 10, 2014 5:56 pm

Post by Renandpat » Tue Mar 29, 2016 11:13 pm

MLFB staffers are actually quoted from Murtha this time.
"The league is not in jeopardy of not going off. We have a lot of flexibility in our schedule and our equipment is coming in. There was just a whole bunch of things happening and we wanted to do this the right way."
"Some of the hotels in Bradenton and Sarasota could not take all of the players on one team and we didn't want to split them up. We believe things will be a lot easier after next week. We are trying to see if there is a better solution for those kinds of problems."
"We have notified the players that we are delaying the start of training camp and that we are conducting meetings for the next three days to determine when we are going to bring them in. The latest (opening day of camp) was April 4 for some players. We have to postpone that and no new date has been set. We expect to have a new date coming out of our meetings this week. We finished up our venue leases, but we cannot announce them now. We have always wanted to do this right, but we are running short on time."
Now, the executive staff and coaches are meeting in Tampa this week? Why Tampa and not your own offices? Who the hell is going to pay THAT bill?

User avatar
preeths
Site Admin
Posts: 8457
Joined: Sat Jan 04, 2003 11:34 pm
Contact:

Post by preeths » Wed Mar 30, 2016 1:13 am

"...wanted to do this the right way." You don't have cities or stadiums so you haven't sold tickets or sponsorships. You've delayed your training camp and don't have a schedule set. It's April in 50-some hours, and he believes they're launching a spring league "the right way?" These people are rapidly shedding what credibility they had coming in.

User avatar
Sam Hill
Site Admin
Posts: 4142
Joined: Wed Nov 26, 2003 3:29 am
Location: Denver, CO

Post by Sam Hill » Wed Mar 30, 2016 1:38 am

Rarely have I seen people who are so experienced in the art of rectal speech.

Not one of them has any credibility. From Murtha to Athan to Chandler, not one of them says anything remotely approaching the truth.
Old enough to remember when bashing the ABA was fun.

User avatar
Sam Hill
Site Admin
Posts: 4142
Joined: Wed Nov 26, 2003 3:29 am
Location: Denver, CO

Post by Sam Hill » Wed Mar 30, 2016 1:39 am

Also, keep in mind, SEVEN YEARS IN DEVELOPMENT and they can't plan for a bunch of things happening at once?
Old enough to remember when bashing the ABA was fun.

User avatar
Sam Hill
Site Admin
Posts: 4142
Joined: Wed Nov 26, 2003 3:29 am
Location: Denver, CO

Post by Sam Hill » Wed Mar 30, 2016 1:44 am

Murtha said the league has signed lease agreements with venues that would house each of its 10 teams. He said he could not name the cities because MLFB is a publicly traded stock.
First, 10 teams? WTF?

And again with this bs that they can't say anything because they're publicly traded. Athan used that nonsensical excuse for why there were no details before and now Murtha, who can give you insight into why these are just minor operational details, can't tell you where the teams are.

You know why? Because bulls*** they have signed leases, that's why.
Old enough to remember when bashing the ABA was fun.

robster2001
Site Admin
Posts: 1046
Joined: Wed Dec 29, 2004 11:02 pm

Post by robster2001 » Thu Mar 31, 2016 12:34 am

[quote=""Sam Hill""]
And again with this bs that they can't say anything because they're publicly traded. Athan used that nonsensical excuse for why there were no details before and now Murtha, who can give you insight into why these are just minor operational details, can't tell you where the teams are.

You know why? Because bulls*** they have signed leases, that's why.[/quote]
If he's lying, and it comes out that he knew (or should have known) that there were no leases signed at the time he made the statement, would he be worth it for the SEC to go after?

User avatar
Aaronhere
Site Admin
Posts: 268
Joined: Fri Nov 04, 2005 3:47 am
Location: Prairie du Chien, WI
Contact:

Posted on the MLF Facebook one minute ago!

Post by Aaronhere » Thu Mar 31, 2016 1:47 am

UPDATE: Meeting are still going on here in Tampa, FL, and will carry on late into this evening. They will complete in the morning. Official announcements on everything will be coming Thursday evening or Friday at the latest. Clarity is coming for both players and fans!

Image
America's Real Team
http://www.packershistory.net

User avatar
Sam Hill
Site Admin
Posts: 4142
Joined: Wed Nov 26, 2003 3:29 am
Location: Denver, CO

Post by Sam Hill » Thu Mar 31, 2016 2:37 am

Pictured: people being asked how much cash they have on hand, whether they can cash in their 401(k) and how much stuff they could potentially sell on eBay

Seriously, this "summit" should have happened in December, or at the latest around the draft. Such nonsense.
Old enough to remember when bashing the ABA was fun.

Post Reply

Return to “General Football”