So because CIFL teams are intelligent enough to explore their options, all of the good ones are obviously leaving quickly. Yes? That's the best you can come up with? That CIFL teams are exploring all of their options?
If solid teams were paying attention solely to the CIFL and not investigating other options, especially when one comes as well-publicized as the IFL has been, I'd be more worried about their business acumen! Of course teams should be looking at this! And studying it! If they really pay attention to all of this and find the IFL the better option (which, if it hasn't happened after two or three conference calls and various correspondence, I wonder if it will), they should go!
I think you're missing one really big point. The CIFL has made it fairly clear that teams should investigate their options. If they all find the IFL a better option, it's time to move on for everyone.
The idea is similar - but the execution is not. I say teams need to do their due diligence (every year, really, since fans rarely care about the league). You say since the IFL is obviously the greatest thing since sliced bread, everyone needs to jump to it yesterday. Not hardly.
I'd have booted the team and reconfigured the schedule as necessary. The CIFL doesn't do things that drastically. The problem needs to be fixed now, so that they don't have the issue of teams doing stupid things during the season.
The reality will show itself over the next several weeks. Lol,both the aifa and the new ifl will hopefully showcase itself better than the cifl.Also,most cifl teams will not be admitted from what i hear. All teams need a 50,000 line of credit minimally. Lol, we know only Marion, Lehigh Valley,Muskegon,Chicago,Rock river and New jersey,believe it or not, pay their bills to the league consistently.
I think the CIFL can survive and thrive in the future, but it needs to totally change the way it operates, starting yesterday.
The worrisome part about such a change is this: Making the changes that are necessary for the CIFL to survive and thrive may kill it. And taking on such a risk is very hard to do.
But not making those necessary changes WILL kill it.
If I'm one of the few really good owners the CIFL has, am I willing to take on a 2009 season that may only have six teams or so? Absolutely, because that may be the key to make the CIFL a great indoor league. It's time to fix those issues that have been marring the CIFL in its three years. It's time to get the owners on the same page where things are paid up in front for what needs to be spent. It's time to get a good communications package in there as well as an operations package so teams know what they really do need to do in order to be successful. There's your biggest problem with the CIFL (and AIFA).
Yep, there's the key. It will be extremely difficult to accomplish this. But it can be done. The league just has to show they're doing what has to be done to get that momentum back.
It would be best for all involved if one of the CIFL's flagship franchises (well, maybe two depending on what LV does) would be there to help with it, but owners have to do what they think is best for their teams. The fact that an outsider (me) totally disagrees that the AIFA is what's best for their team doesn't really mean a whole lot here.