deliberating taking a year off. Yes, Wheeling has in fact folded. But new owners
are being sought out in the Ohio Valley for a possible reincarnation of the Greyhounds.
Miami Vly. may move to Cincinnati. K-zoo, Muskegon and Indy are possibilties. Finally,
I guess Canton may switch to the CIFL and the NY-NJ Revolution wants back in too.[/quote] NJ Revolution going AIFA, better fit geographically, more east coast teams
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That would be a horribly, horribly bad move. Cincinnati is one of the most roasted, toasted and burned over indoor football markets ever. It has failed in every league that has been tried there. Dayton would be just as bad, if not worse (thanks in no small part to the NIFL).
Stay at Hobart, it's small but intimate. Miami County has been growing. Develop an identity there. Develop a fan base there. You can market to Dayton and Springfield (and Piqua, Tipp City, Vandalia, Huber Heights, Sidney, etc.). They are close by (depending on how backed up traffic on I-70 and I-75 is that day). Your only local competition is high school sports
As for the league itself... owners meeting in Fort Wayne will be scheduled for within the next month, scheduled should be done in November.[/quote]
Thanks for the update, Jeff. Let me know right before the meetings, when
you're coming to Ft.Wayne. You got my #.
More over though, they appear to be going to 8 man football this year.
I'm not sure why they'd feel the need to play 8 man, unless they ultimately want to try to merge with one of the other leagues. I don't know if any of the current ownership groups are up to even the level that an IFL or AIFA would want, I guess we'd have to wait and see.
That task will be the top order at the league meetings this weekend in Fort Wayne.
On Saturday, team representatives will work on dates for a 10-game schedule starting in March. If it can be tentatively finished Saturday, then the meetings likely will wrap that night. But if there are more details to discuss, the owners will meet Sunday morning before departing.
“I would like to have the majority of (the schedule) done,” Spitaleri said. “It may be a situation where we take the schedule and get it 65 (percent), 70 percent done and then each team has to go back to their arena and say, ‘Look, we need this or this.’ I haven’t done a schedule in the four years where we haven’t had to go back to the arenas and lobby for a few extra dates.
“I don’t anticipate it being done (Sunday). I would like to say the weekend of the 12th, maybe the early part of the next week, we’d have it done at the latest.”
Spitaleri said he anticipates having a minimum of six teams for 2010 including Fort Wayne’s new franchise, owned by local attorney Mike Loomis and Indiana businessman John Christner. Coliseum general manager Randy Brown said last month that the franchise has nine dates on hold at the facility.
Also on the agenda is discussion of operations, including teams doing a better job of producing statistics. Many didn’t report them after games, so that could mean the league provides statisticians for each franchise.
Rule changes also will be addressed, including the already-approved change to an eight-man game – the league had played with seven players on each side in its previous seasons. The roster size will stay at 25 – 21 active for games – Spitaleri said.
http://www.journalgazette.net/article/2 ... 008/SPORTS
in the Canton, Oh. area, if that gives you any idea's
another was the kicking rules - it gave them identity and had a nice flow. it think it may be a mistake to give up a major characteristic which set the CIFL apart.
Everyone is entitled to their own opinion and mine is that 7on7 is a better game. Hate to see it go. Hoping all this is just rumor.