"Gusher" wrote:The Ft. Myer team has announced they have signed a letter of intent to play in the SIFL. I find it strange that the league has not put out a press release stating the same. I also find it strange that Mr. Hagar was not quoted in the article of how great this organization is and how this market is a perfect fit in our regional foot print the SIFL has worked so hard to establish. Could this have been a premature release by the team? Could the Stingray's be the new Rome GA team from last year who announced they were in but the league said we don't have a contract?
Nothing the SIFL does at this point should surprise anyone.
League set; Civic Center likely home
The Florida Stingrays are closer to becoming a reality.
Stingrays CEO Jay Lawrence said the team signed a letter of intent with the Southern Indoor Football League and have been in discussions to play at the Lee Civic Center.
It would mark a return to the Civic Center for the Stingrays, who went 0-14 as a member of the American Indoor Football Association in 2008 while playing home games in the North Fort Myers facility.
Lawrence said the team had been negotiating with another league but he was more impressed with the SIFL's future plan.
"They're talking like two and maybe three teams from Florida could be in the league in the future," Lawrence said. "We had heard rumors of different teams coming and going, but when we looked at the teams they're subtracting and adding, we think it's going to make the league stronger."
The SIFL has teams in Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, Texas, Virginia, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
Lawrence said he'll submit 10 dates between March and June to the Civic Center in the next couple of weeks. When six are chosen as home games by the SIFL, the team and Civic Center will have an agreement.
"We're looking forward to games being played here," Civic Center manager Artie McIntyre said. "When he gives me the dates, we're advertising tickets."
hbucklers Announce New Owners
Posted on Thursday, 28 July 2011 16:24 by Sonny Wood
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LAKE CHARLES LA. Thom Hager, owner and president of the Southern Indoor Football League, introduced the new owners of the Louisiana Swashbucklers at a press conference today in Lake Charles. Hager and co-owner Brenda Hager had sold the team they founded in 2004 earlier this year. The new owners are Kyle Thorne and Chris Meaux. Thorne was unable to attend the conference. Meaux is both co-owner and general manager of the team.
Hager spoke of his seven year experience with the Swashbucklers. It allowed Brenda and I the opportunity to bring family friendly entertainment to the people of Southwest Louisiana. We had challenges but we accomplished a lot as well. The Bucs made it to five consecutive championship games and won three titles. We were blessed to have had the chance to run the Swashbucklers. But the duties of running the Bucs and the SIFL meant making some changes. Chris and Kyle are outstanding and talented businessmen who will do a great job in guiding this team. I am honored that they are taking over. Our fans will have much to look forward to next year and beyond.
Meaux also spoke before the media today. I am looking forward to the future of the Swashbucklers, he said. We will continue to provide this area with great indoor football action and entertainment for the family. This team will be active within the community. Our games for 2012 include a new variety of entertainment before and after each game. We will work at being a contender every season. The Bucs appreciate the support of our fans and we thank them. I am very excited to get started in preparing for next season.
Meaux is a native of Crowley and a former resident of Estherwood. He went to college at LSU and spent time working in Texas at a software firm. He and his family recently returned to Lake Charles.
Next season will be the eighth in Swashbucklers team history. They are the defending SIFL Western Conference champions.
Changes needed to be made, it looks like main focus is on league.... thats what i got out of it.... so he is not out