The Good The Bad And Arena Football
Good Thursday Sports Fans! The NFL Season is plotting around week by week and as the calendar turns toward November, all eyes are on the Arena Football Game.
As we grow up, most of us are told, and or LEARN the hard way, that when things sound to GOOD to be TRUE, that its normally BS and Not to get your hopes up. Well, in today’s society, we learnt that lesson again. This afternoon, the Champions of Indoor Football and the National Arena League issues a statement that read in part:
On Thursday, representatives of the National Arena League (NAL) and Champions Indoor Football (CIF) announced they will hold off on the previously announced partnership for the 2020 season. The leagues cited scheduling conflicts with the arenas as a major obstacle for the 2020 season.
“We knew the partnership we were proposing included a very aggressive timetable to implement,” said CIF Commissioner Ricky Bertz. “Both of our leagues had significantly different starting and ending times for our seasons. When we attempted to coordinate a full schedule that worked for all teams involved, many previously available arena dates were no longer available. After lengthy discussions, Chris and I decided it was best to not proceed together this season.”
As the scheduling process unfolded, it became apparent that there would be too many obstacles to constructing a logical schedule for the 2020 season. Both leagues wanted to make this arrangement work, but did not want to compromise the on field product in the process.
Where does this leave the 2 leagues? LIMBO at the moment as both leagues work to get ready for 2020.
HERE are some other things we are Following:
PROFESSIONAL INDOOR FOOTBALL
Representatives of Kertis Sports and Entertainment Group, along with Champions Indoor Football, announced the return of professional indoor football to west Texas. The team will play a 12-game season, beginning in late February.
NATIONAL ARENA LEAGUE
The Carolina Cobras are announcing the hiring of the second head coach in Cobras history, former Massachusetts Pirates Head Coach Anthony Payton.
Payton comes to the Cobras with a strong offensive history. In his first year as offensive coordinator of the Pirates he led them to the #1 passing offense in both yards and yards per game, as well as yards per completion and attempt at 12.2 and 7.3 respectively.
The Massachusetts Pirates have announced that they will return to the National Arena League for the 2020 season. A recent chain of events saw the Pirates leave the NAL only to comeback exactly 14 days later. The reason is simple, nothing really changed. The long explanation in football terms is more like “offsetting penalties.”
AMERICAN ARENA LEAGUE
One would have thought that this league would be dead and gone by now. But You got to hand it to the AAL. No matter what happens, they just keep on keeping on. The league announced 2 more teams for 2020, the Carolina Energy and the Tampa Bay Tornadoes with, according to the league, the announcement of more teams by the end of the month.