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Renegades jump to NIFL for 2002

by NIFL Press Release
November 20, 2001 - National Indoor Football League (NIFL)


NIFL Press Release and Paul Reeths

LAFAYETTE, LA -- The National Indoor Football League (NIFL) added another team to its 2002 roster as the RiverCity Renegades of St. Louis, Missouri, announced their inclusion in the NIFL today. The Renegades become the 22nd team confirmed for game play in 2002.

The Renegades come to the NIFL from the Indoor Professional Football League (IPFL). They join two other former IPFL teams - the Omaha Beef and the Tennessee Thundercats - that have made the move to the NIFL. The Renegades were the last viable team still in the IPFL. The Boise Stallions were operated by the league last season and were not expected to return to the field.

"The instability of the IPFL was a constant problem for us last season," said Renegades President Joe Yates. The franchise joins the NIFL at a time of growth - sixteen of the eighteen inaugural teams are returning and five expansion teams have already been announced.

NIFL President Carolyn Shiver extended a warm welcome to the Renegades. "The Renegades represent the kind of growth the NIFL is enjoying right now. We couldn't be happier to welcome this franchise into our league," she said. "We know the Renegades will bring continued success to the league and to St. Louis."

The addition of the RiverCity Renegades comes on the heels of expansion teams in Bismarck, ND; Winston-Salem, NC; Omaha, NE; Knoxville, TN; and Topeka, KS. Other expansion teams are expected before the season begins.

Teams currently making up the NIFL for 2002 are the Billings Outlaws, Louisiana Bayou Beast, Louisiana Rangers, Lake Charles Land Sharks, Mississippi Fire Dogs, Ohio Valley Greyhounds, Rapid City Red Dogs, River Cities Locomotives, Sioux City Bandits, Sioux Falls Storm, Southern Oregon Heat, Tri-City Diesel, Tupelo Fire Ants, Utah Rattlers, Yakima Shockwave, Wyoming Cavalry, Bismarck Roughriders, Winston-Salem Energy, Omaha Beef, Tennessee ThunderCats and the Topeka Top Guns.

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