LockedIN On Arena Football September 26

The Good The Bad And Arena Football

Holy Hanna Sports Fans! As we turn the calendar over to Fall, the time to start paying attention to Arena Football is upon us. So many things coming in at one time and LockedIN Magazine is here to break down some of the big things going on.

Let’s start out on a positive but surprising note. West Virginia Roughriders Director of Operations, Marketing, Sales, Jesse Heninger has left the Roughriders. In what is being called a amicable split is walking away from the team he helped build from scratch.

From the beginning days in Richmond through the move to Wheeling, Heninger, and owner Gregg Fornario, learned to run an arena team and succeeded with back to back Championship years. While playing in the American Arena League with NO BACKING from the league, Heninger build a solid foundation for the Roughrider franchise.

With the demise of the American Arena League, and without a firm decision on If the Roughriders will play in 2020 or in what league they will play, this decision couldn’t come at a better time for Heninger. A talent like his will get plenty of offers from teams.

In more news…. the Carolina Cobras are now looking for a new head coach as Billy Back resigned on Monday. After leading the Cobras to the Championship in his first year, Back took the team to the championship game last year, losing to the Jacksonville Sharks.

and then the announcement today about the Partnership of the Champions Indoor Football League and the National Football league.

In a joint statement today,

On Thursday, representatives of the National Arena League (NAL) and Champions Indoor Football (CIF) announced that they will partner beginning with the 2020 season. The two leagues will compete together, under a new league name with two conferences, the CIF and NAL. Scheduling will include in-season crossover conference games and a championship game involving the conference champions. 

“For the fans, we are excited to bring these two leagues together,” said NAL Commissioner, Chris Siegfried. “Indoor and arena football fans have always desired to see different leagues play against each other. Now, the teams from these two great leagues will compete and crown one champion”. 

Details involving a new name, scheduling, rules, additional teams and playoff information will be announced soon. Both leagues are committed to providing a quality product while also leveraging both leagues’ footprints to bring indoor football to a larger portion of the country and even more fans. 

“Our leagues started having discussions back in July, and we quickly discovered that we had an opportunity to both leverage our existing markets and position ourselves for healthy growth and stability for our franchises,” said CIF Commissioner Ricky Bertz. “There are still a lot of moving parts involved in this partnership that we will be announcing, but we are confident that the result will be more excitement for all of our fans, greater market reach and continued strategic business growth in the future.” 

Representatives from both leagues shared that immediate additional revenue streams were created as a result of the new partnership and the larger league and footprint will allow the pursuit of even more opportunities. Additional information will also be shared online in a video interview with Seigfried and Bertz on Friday. 

“By merging our existing resources together, we now have the critical mass to immediate additional revenue streams. These immediate revenues will offset additional costs incurred from travel and other expenses,” Bertz said. “We are excited about this and other details involving this transition that we will be announcing in the coming weeks.” 


Some of you might be thinking what about the Massachusetts Pirates….

Well in a statement today,

Today, representatives from the National Arena League and Champions Indoor Football announced that they will partner beginning with the 2020 season. The two leagues would compete together under a new name, but the Massachusetts Pirates won’t be among them. Pirates founder, owner, president and general manager Jawad Yatim opposes the merger and is exploring other options for the upcoming season. While Yatim is thankful to the NAL for the opportunity to establish his franchise, he feels becoming a part of this new league is not for the Pirates.

Here are some thoughts that no ONE has said anything about yet…

So we can guess what happened to the Orlando Predators? And I guess New York Was kicked to the Streets!

So where do we go from here?  It’s going to be an INTERSTING Next week weeks!


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