By Chris Mabry
With the CIF season winding down, here is the top five places the CIF should expand to in 2019?
#5 Cleveland Ohio
Since the Cleveland Browns came back to the NFL in 1999 it has been the laughing stock of the league. But, when the Gladiators moved from Los Angeles to Cleveland, it brought renewed life for the struggling city and state. I'm sure since the Gladiators left this past season, their fans are looking and hoping for a comeback. Hopefully, a comeback with the CIF. Coming to the CIF will have a better market value than the AFL, IFL, and NAL. THey will have a better audience and better attendance than before and maybe a better chance at a championship.
#4 Detroit, Michigan
Since the last government shutdown, Lions struggling in games, and no indoor football team since the AFL began, Detroit is a perfect spot for the struggling economy. By having a team in the CIF will have a brand new start with Detroit and it will bring in new fans.
#3 Chicago, Illinois 141-97-0
For five seasons, Chicago, Illinois has been without an Arena Football team. Yes, they have the Chicago Bears NFL team, but when the NFL is done for the season, the city of Chicago needs a second team to fill the void. When Arena Football was in the Windy City was from 1987-1989. The Chicago Bruisers went 14-10 in two seasons including playoffs. Speaking of playoffs, the Bruisers went 1-2 losing those two games to Detroit and winning their one playoff game also against Detroit.
After the city went on a 12 year hiatus, the AFL welcomed a new team to Chicago called the Chicago Rush. From 2001-2013 the Chicago Rush were a beter team then their previous team. In 12 seasons, the Rush had an impressive overall record of 127-87 and they won Arena Bowl XX.
Now is a good time for a Chicago franchise to come to the CIF. A team in Chicago will profit from the franchise from tickets to watch parties in bars and restraints. Plus, if a team happens to return, they don't have to worry about getting fans to watch te games or attend one. They already have them.
Chicago Bruisers: (1987-1989) 14-10-0 - including playoffs
Chicago Rush: (2001-2013) 127-87 - including playoffs
#2 Seattle, Washington
With the Seahawks dominating the NFL, its time to bring the CIF to Washington St. They can be called the 9th man and have a huge impact on opponets and a disadvantage on the opponents.
#1 Dallas, Texas
Yes, I know there is already two teams in Texas and one in the Dallas, Texas area, but when the AFL team Dallas Desperados were here and they played their games at the American Airlines Center, they brought in a lot of fans and filled the void when the Cowboys didn't play. Plus with the Marshals out of the CIF, they can always add another team their again if they chose too.