This week’s episode of AFT Buzz presented by Arena Football Talk will include two special guests: Tuscon Sugar Skull WR/DB Cam Gaddis.
Gaddis is a veteran of indoor football rosters, previously playing with the Duke City Gladiators, Billings Wolves and the Omaha Beef. He played locally at Santa Rita High School and at Pima Community College before that. He joins the show to talk about what it’s like to be on the first ever roster of this expansion team, his personal goals for the season and what returning to his hometown crowd of Tuscon means to him.
The episode also includes founder and acting commissioner of the International Arena Football League Keith Clay. Clay has spent time most recently with the Austin Wild and discusses what the IAFL will do to solidify an exciting international fan base with the Mexican franchises, what it means to have a league that crosses the border so predominantly and how this league came to be.
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By Chris Mabry
on Wednesday via the Omaha Beef twitter account, the Omaha Beef are now under new ownership.
According to the Beef Twitter account, they have hired Ricky Bertz and Greg Tirey as the new owners of the Omaha Beef.
in 2018, the Beef finished the CIF season with a 4-8 record which was fifth in the North Conference. All the Beef his missing is finding their new head coach. No word on when that signing will be but AFT will keep you informed.
The indoor free agency period is in full swing across all the leagues, but right now some major signings are being made in the National Arena League (NAL).
Arena Football Talk looks at the notable signings across the league and who has the advantages so far in the NAL.
Sign: WR BJ Bunn, WR Joe Morrow, OL Jeremy Schonbrunner (NAL-Lehigh Valley), OL Darriel Mack, OL Zach Hooks (AAL-Atlanta Havoc), WR Trever Kennedy (NAL-Jacksonville Sharks)
Resign: OL Chad Kolumber, OL Joe Harris, QB Charles McCullum, DB Michael Green, DB Darius Thomas, DL Jamal Palmer, DL Walter Thomas, DB Cedric Poole
For Carolina, bringing in competition for all positions is key in avoiding the sophomore slump. The second year franchise has the most to lose after winning it all in their first ever season, especially with the NAL's leader in offensive yards and offensive touchdowns McCullum.
To protect him will be a massively reworked offensive line, mixed with rookies to the NAL and rookies to the indoor game in general. One player (Mack) is coming out of retirement to play after becoming a police officer. It will be an important to see if he and the rest of the line can protect and serve the Cobra faithful this season.
By: Aaron Castete
After the LA Kiss and San Jose Sabercats closed up shop years ago, the amount of western based indoor/arena football in the United States has dwindled down to a small amount. For all the arena/indoor football fans in the West, we have good news for you! A reportedly new professional indoor football league called the "American West Football Conference" has formed for the upcoming 2019 season. The AWFC was founded by Platinum Events & Security LLC. the same owner of the Idaho Horsemen Football Organization. After months of evaluation and conversations with the IFL and CIF, the Idaho Horsemen ownership group felt they'd be better off forming their own league. The AWFC will kickoff its inaugural season March of 2019 with 4 teams in Nampa, ID, Reno, NV, Wenatchee, WA, & Kennewick, WA. The league wants to start out small to develop stability and then they will expand to new markets.