Written by Chris Mabry
As it was announced last week, the Indoor Football League has released a revised 2021 season schedule. The 2021 which was going to start March 28 is now going to start May 15. In a statement, the IFL says “In trying to best meet the varying needs of all of our member teams, we determined as a league that delaying the start of the season is in the best interest of the IFL,” said league Commissioner Todd Tryon. “With a national footprint that stretches from the East Coast to the West Cost and from North Dakota all the way down to Texas, this year calls for us to be flexible and to consider the unique restrictions, or lack thereof, of each of our 12 markets.
“We view this as a positive step, as we have been able to put together a schedule that will allow each team the best opportunity for success in its own local market, while also allowing for additional time for our country as a whole to make greater strides in our collective efforts against the COVID pandemic. At the same time, we realize there will continue to be issues related to COVID and we have spent many hours developing plans on how we will deal with in-season situations that may arise.”
The IFL has developed a comprehensive system of COVID protocols and procedures that places the safety of the league’s fans, players, coaches, team and league staff, and partners at the forefront, including roster modifications, team testing procedures, limits on how teams interact within large group settings.
“The IFL is committed to delivering to our fans the best indoor football product in the world, and we look forward to kicking off our 13th season,” Tryon added. “We have many more exciting announcements regarding national broadcasts and other national partners that we look forward to sharing in the coming weeks.”
If you want to see the entire 2021 revised schedule by the IFL, click here
Written by Chris Mabry
2020 was a down year for Champions Indoor Football and 2021 is no different. As this season is quickly approaching, two teams have decided not to play this season. Those teams are the Amarillo Venom and the West Texas Birds. Both teams are based where COVID numbers are high and where there arenas are used as either COVID vaccination sites or testing locations.
The CIF season was originally going to start on March 12 but now that two teams have opted out, the plan is to start on March 27 and have the season end sometime in June. More information will be revealed on February 18 when the revised schedule will be released.
By Seth Tucker
Atlanta - The National Arena League has announced via their website that they will be shortening their season due to the Covid-19 pandemic, reducing the season from it's original 17-week slate to 10 weeks, with each team playing eight games.
The move will push the first game back from April 3rd, 2021 to May 22nd, 2021, with playoffs scheduled to take place July 31, 2021 and a championship game on August 14th.
NAL commissioner Chris Siegfried said in the announcement, "Arena football is all about the fans, they help make the game great. We wouldn't think about playing without our fans, and this decision was made with them in mind."
Read the full article here, at National Arena League Shifts to Eight-Game Schedule - National Arena League.
By Seth Tucker
MOLINE - Have you ever wanted to own part of a sports team but couldn't ever get your foot in the door? Well now's your chance! The Quad City Steamwheelers of the IFL are selling stocks of their team for as little as $125.
Majority owner Doug Bland sold an estimated 10% of the team to brokerage firm IPO Wallet, where they are now selling portions of the team to anyone who wants to put up the dough. Bland, in an interview with the Quad City Times, mentioned that he and other owners of the team had been thinking of selling shares to the general public for awhile, but that the cancelling of the 2020 season gave them the little extra push to go for it. In October of 2020, the team announced on social media that they would be selling shares of the team to the public.
What exactly comes with owning part of the Steamwheelers? Well for starters, it can be an investment, and after a period of years, you could sell your portion of the team in hopes that the team's value has gone up in that time so that you can make a bit of money. On the website where you can make your investment, Home - IPO Wallet, they list off a number of tiers and what comes with investing at each tier, starting with $125. At the minimum, you'll receive a stock certificate of ownership, a 10% discount on all merchandise and tickets, and an invite to the annual team owner's meeting where you will get to tour the arena, practice facility and "weigh in on matters of team importance," according to their IPO Wallet page. Other incentives include free tickets to games, jerseys and other merchandise, and a championship ring should the Steamwheelers win a championship.
For more information on the investment, visit IPO Wallet.
So what are you waiting for? Invest in the Quad City Steamwheelers now!