IFL Takes Necessarry Action In Anchorage
May 19, 2010 - Indoor Football League (IFL) News Release
Richmond, Virginia: The Indoor Football League announced today, the conversion of the Alaska Wild into a travel team for the remainder of the 2010 season. All three of the upcoming home games along with last Sunday's, May 16th game versus Billings have been suspended at this time while the league reviews its options. Road games will be played through the remainder of the season.
Charles Mathews acquired Alaska Professional Sports, the parent company of the team last fall, but defaulted on obligations to operate the team during the early weeks of the regular season. The IFL contributed to the team over the last several weeks in efforts to keep the team in operation until new investors could be identified and committed to the Anchorage team. Despite a strong interest from several passionate area business people during and since a recent visit from league Commissioner Tommy Benizio, there is just not adequate time to put the necessary components in place.
"The greater interest from potential investors appears to be for a future season rather than completing the current schedule. We are disappointed as we face this reality and wish that Alaska Professional Sports had been able to fulfill their obligations to the league, team employees, and fans; or that new owners were able to be secured", stated Benizio, "We would not rule out the possibility of returning to Anchorage in the future as we remain in belief that the community is an excellent fit for indoor football."
The league is in discussions with an additional team that has requested league assistance and will look for the best remedy for the teams and fans in these markets. Benizio added, "In efforts to ensure that this incident remains an isolated one, we intend to review and improve our future protocol and filters for existing and new teams to be members of the league." The IFL Rules and Compliance committee will begin reviewing the possible effects of this news on playoff seating, the awarding of forfeit wins, etc. as the league enters the home stretch for these coveted positions. Announcements are planned for later this week regarding these updated procedures.
The Indoor Football League is a 25 team league and growing. The playoffs begin on June 26th where the top 16 teams will do battle for the United Bowl II. Further information on these and additional IFL matters can be found by visiting www.GoIFL.com or by calling 804.643.7277.
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