The teams will open their respective 2016 campaigns on Friday at the Moda Center. Not only is it Opening Night but the Steel will be starting their re-launch on national TV, earning the spotlight of the game of the week on the CBS Sports Network. To bolster the efforts, the team is looking to pack the Moda Center (using the #FillTheBowl to drive their efforts). Fans are even able to get free general admission tickets to the game by visiting the Steels website, pdxsteel.com.
The Portland Steel launch their season (and re-launch their franchise) on Friday at 7 P.M. at the Moda Center.
...by Oregon State's first appearance in the women's Final Four. Never mind that they're being served to UConn on a platter on Sunday. Well, actually, signs point to the Beavers being more competitive than Texas last night.
Good luck, Steel. It's not as if ANY of the papers or other media people here actually follow have given an ounce of notice about the free tickets. SMH
Not as some sports memorial by what remains of the sports department. The report will come from the main investigative reporter (usually exposes petty scams around town) and is tackling the league for unpaid vendors and the like.
This could be fun.
Meanwhile, Terry Emmert is moving on from that venture (and one wonders if Portland in IFL or anywhere else is EVER going to happen) and trying to get in on Futsal... first working to get some sort of association headquartered in Portland, not a league. Kind of prefer he gets nudged away, frankly.
This subject is not discussed often but it happens a lot, sometimes but few the teams fold without any trail of debris left. But many many times when the teams fold up the trail is long and full of twist and turns, the leagues never step in with even words of understanding or negotiation ops:
So I will ask 4th & long to chime in on this subject he always has a kind word for the leagues. My question is do they bare any responsibility when a team folds and leave unpaid debt behind?
This type of situation applies to indoor football, but just how many of the teams really commit to line of credit. (most indoor leagues line of credit is ($100,000)
Below is a baseball situation:
When the Lemurs folded, Miles Wolff says, they forfeited the $200,000 letter of credit that all American Association teams are required to post. The money was used to supply a travel only team for the season of 2017
This is about what you'd expect.
A bit of a Terry Emmert kiss-up (why bail after two years, eh?), and KGW doesn't mention (chuckle) how "prosperous" the league (chuckle) really is, but the gist of it is in the report.
A re-branding is needed so very bad.
The Arena Football League has a checkered past. The league filed for bankruptcy in 2008, then took a year off in 2009. Since 2011, the league has fallen from 18 teams to five. During that time, 23 teams have come and gone, including Portland.
AFL teams often operate on a shoestring budget. Employees say the league relies on workers who put in long hours with very little pay.
“We made it work,” said Holland, who said he often worked 15 hour days. He cleaned up after practice and set up before games.
“I grew up wanting to be part of this league and when it came to Portland. I got that opportunity,” he said.
In July, Holland, along with other former Portland Steel employees, received a letter from a law office in Vermont representing the Arena Football League. The letter said the league was restructuring finances. It offered 10-15 percent of the money owed, if the former employees agreed not to sue.
Holland said he wouldn’t sign the letter. He said it was insulting, especially after all he’d put into the Arena Football League.
“It makes me sad to see such a once promising league be so shady,” said Holland.
Published Sept. 7, 2017