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Post by VinnyTheViper » Mon Feb 03, 2014 6:24 pm

Harrisburg and the PIFL got together and found that they were beneficial for each other. The PIFL wanted more teams in the northeast to bolster a northern conference with Richmond and Lehigh Valley. Harrisburg was on the PIFL's radar very early on. Why? Harrisburg was the one team in an existing league that fit the geographics the PIFL was looking for and the team was also being run as a top flight operation. Sure, there were still minor issues that had to be resolved, the arena being one, and the other being the shadow cast over the AIF by John Morris. Harrisburg made it clear via their actions they wanted to step up a notch. The end result will hopefully be beneficial for both the PIFL and the Harrisburg Stampede. The Stampede will be playing in a much more stable league with presumably a better brand of football and the PIFL gets what was the premier franchise in the AIF. The PIFL operates on the premise that it is looking for quality owners that want to run quality operations, Mr. Colston certainly fits that bill nicely. The PIFL does not expand just for the sake of expanding, the conditions have to be right for both the league and the franchise, otherwise it is not likely to happen. This past off season, there were between 15 and 20 franchise inquiries made to the PIFL, and ultimately, only two were selected.

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Post by 4th&long » Tue Feb 04, 2014 5:08 am

[quote=""VinnyTheViper""]Harrisburg and the PIFL got together and found that they were beneficial for each other. The PIFL wanted more teams in the northeast to bolster a northern conference with Richmond and Lehigh Valley. Harrisburg was on the PIFL's radar very early on. Why? Harrisburg was the one team in an existing league that fit the geographics the PIFL was looking for and the team was also being run as a top flight operation. Sure, there were still minor issues that had to be resolved, the arena being one, and the other being the shadow cast over the AIF by John Morris. Harrisburg made it clear via their actions they wanted to step up a notch. The end result will hopefully be beneficial for both the PIFL and the Harrisburg Stampede. The Stampede will be playing in a much more stable league with presumably a better brand of football and the PIFL gets what was the premier franchise in the AIF. The PIFL operates on the premise that it is looking for quality owners that want to run quality operations, Mr. Colston certainly fits that bill nicely. The PIFL does not expand just for the sake of expanding, the conditions have to be right for both the league and the franchise, otherwise it is not likely to happen. This past off season, there were between 15 and 20 franchise inquiries made to the PIFL, and ultimately, only two were selected.[/quote]

Interest so the pifl is looked up to I guess. What of the albany team issues?

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Post by coachingubigr » Tue Feb 04, 2014 1:04 pm

[quote=""4th&long""]Interest so the pifl is looked up to I guess. What of the albany team issues?[/quote]

Albany has until Friday to come up with $100k or their season is canceled. According to the kicker the season is on. Pretty sure he doesn't have $100k to donate though.

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Post by VinnyTheViper » Tue Feb 04, 2014 4:14 pm

I have never bought into the issue in Albany as anything but a ploy to get more donors/sponsors on board for the team. The PIFL has made no statements regarding any fees owed to them by Albany, certainly nothing in the neighborhood of $100,000. The mere fact that the league made the statement that they did right after the Albany press conference said to me that we are monitoring the situation but we are not the cause of this issue. If Albany has to have $100,000 raised by Friday, this must be a self imposed by the team as what they need to operate their team for the season. I will be very surprised if the Panthers do not play this season.

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