Strengthening the Foundation
Orlando, Florida. The National Indoor Football League concluded their annual winter meetings on Saturday in Central Florida. Present, along with Roughnecks management and coaching staff, were nearly all of the ownership groups, general managers, and head coaches of the leagues 21 teams, along with a special visit from Dallas Cowboys owner, Jerry Jones. Jones spoke and mingled with team representatives during Saturdays lunch break and emphasized his interest in indoor football. With aspirations of someday making American-style football an Olympic event, the Cowboys boss eluded to growing the indoor game around the world as the most feasible route.
Detailed discussions and voting sessions at the meetings lead to a large number of improvements in the way the NIFL operates on and off the field. A commitment to improving the already impressive quality of play was demonstrated as the number of roster spots was raised from 21 to 22 players, and the teams maximum player bonus allowance more than tripled. These compensation increases and other rule changes will further enable me to recruit some of the states and nations top football players, remarked head coach Chris Williams, The competition is very impressive but we are up to the challenge.
On the business side of the National Indoor Football League, issues were determined involving game operations, team communication, and future expansion. A highlight of the weekend was explanations of the leagues relationship with the NFL and their use of the NIFL as a developmental stage for on-field officials. This portion of the meetings was presented by National Football League Director of Officials, Ron Baynes. Baynes will be working closely with the league, including the officials at all Roughnecks games.
Training camp for the Odessa Roughnecks and the NIFL begins on February 20th. Just a few VIP level season tickets are still available. Additional information regarding these or any additional Odessa Roughnecks topics can be obtained by visiting www.RoughnecksNIFL.com, or by calling the teams offices at (432) 332-PASS (7277).
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