I noticed another addition the Firebirds, now this team folded tent in midseason in the AIF this final season of 2016, now if the league was some how the cause of that which happens in the indoor game, I can give them a chance to get on track, but if they had to shut it down because of there own accord problems then this addition could be a problem for the ADL.
And would signal a league problem, worthy of the concern you display it is hard to cultivate new teams they just don't fall out of the sky as they once did in the early years of the sport.
Here's an uncle Vito tip, there is noise being made in two other states about possible ADL teams I hear things but can't speak of them right now, if those teams happen the league could have a larger number of teams than anyone thought, but if's a big word in indoor football.
I do think expectations of the ADL being a serious threat to the other two leagues of indoor football in its first season is unwarranted, they will be in building mode for first 3 seasons two for certain, as some adjustment will have to be instituted.
There are whispers of a proposed division further south/west that could stretch budgets further if one were to consider these teams in a matchup during regular season verses the already listed teams, travel hours for those games could be a league killer, unlike independent minor league baseball the players are not paid on a monthly scale, meaning they would have too miss work to travel. Sure minor league baseball players on an independent team are minimum wage employees, but the roster size is about the same as an indoor team.
This is one of the problems of the indoor game, and it has to make the leap moving into the future, so far not one of the indoor leagues are ready for that level as of yet, whichever league figures out how to do that will truly wear the crown, as second fiddle to the arena league, and King of the indoor level game second to none no matter how many teams or length of time a float or any other criteria.