By Terry Tebrugge
The Sioux City Bandits of Champions Indoor Football have announced a major milestone in their long and storied history.
According to a statement from the team, long-time owner and manager, Bob Scott, finalized the sale of the Bandits to northwest Missouri businessman and entrepreneur, J.R. Bond earlier this week.
"The decision to sell the Bandits was not an easy one and is a bittersweet day for me and my partners. We are proud to be the longest running team under the same ownership group in all of indoor football. We could not have done it with out the support of our great sponsors and fans. We also owe a debt of gratitude to our staff who are so devoted and worked so hard for this franchise." states Bob Scott. "We wish J. R. Bond the best of luck in this endeavor and will do everything to make this transition as smooth as possible."
Scott has set a solid foundation for indoor football in Sioux City over the last two decades he has owned the Bandits.
"I am honored to carry on the tradition of the Sioux City Bandits,” adds Bond. “What Bob has built here is incredible. The Bandits are truly a community asset and I am humbled by Bob's trust to carry on what he started more than 20 years ago. We look forward to many more years of delivering affordable family entertainment to Sioux City."
The team says more changes are coming for 2021 and a formal press conference to introduce Bond will be held in the coming weeks.