The Bears take the field in their silver, black, and white livery, their shadows cross-hatching the fresh-cut grass. [50] However, the attempted major World Football League (WFL) sapped both leagues from most of their talent, and forced them to fold by 1974. The Fall Experimental Football League (FXFL) was the first league that openly embraced the minor league concept, and wanted to become a professional feeder-system for the NFL. They lost in the remaining minute of regulation after a second-half strike, led by backup quarterback, Andy Dalton. 1989 - Washington (DC) Stonewalls [93][94] On February 8, 1999, the NFL also purchased, but never exercised, an option to buy a major interest in the AFL. 2000 - Marlboro (MA) Shamrocks 27 - Brooklyn (NY) Mariners 14 Carolina Stallions Rocky Mount, NC SeventhYear, 6. Charles Kirby (Arbutus) was named MVP for the 4th time 3rd in a row! Some players are not insured through work, so they risk physical and financial ruin every time they strap on the pads. They are Mike Smitty Smith, 25, a linebacker; Mark Eberhardinger, 27, a wide receiver; and Fabio Fab Ferrara, 24, a running back. <25 Employees . 1996 - Fredericksburg (VA) Generals 35 - Hampton Road (VA) Sharks 30 ", "Trinity Professional Spring Football League 2018", NFL owners, coaches say a developmental league is needed, NFL Minor Leagues: What Needs to Be Done to Help Develop Talent in the NFL, Football needs another successful league to survive, for the good of the game, Alliance of American Football is just the latest in a long line of failed start-up leagues, NFL to present formal proposals for a developmental league in 2017, High School Football National Championship, National Federation of State High School Associations, World League of American Football/NFL Europe/NFL Europa, American Football Association (19781983), Champions Professional Indoor Football League, Professional Indoor Football League (1998), Professional Indoor Football League (2012), Beach flag football at the 2014 Asian Beach Games, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Minor_league_football_(gridiron)&oldid=1141033667, Defunct American football leagues in the United States, Articles with dead external links from October 2010, Wikipedia articles needing copy edit from September 2022, Articles needing additional references from October 2022, All articles needing additional references, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License 3.0, This page was last edited on 23 February 2023, at 00:57. 1997 - Orange County (NY) Bulldogs 28 - Queens (NY) Vikings 10 BALTIMORE (AP) Baltimore leaders agreed Wednesday to pay a $6 million settlement to the family of a driver who was killed during a 2010 police chase involving Gun Trace Task Force officers . [121], After the decline of the minor leagues in the 1980s, the semi-pro circuit tried to fill that niche. Ay buddy, ay BUDDY! Minor League Football News honored several of our members with the following awards: 2003 Outstanding League of the Year; Comeback Team of the Year - NJ Broncos; GM of the Year - Sharon Jacobs - Cumberland Valley Cardinals; Woman of the Year - Mary Lockhart - Virginia Ravens. From that point on the startup leagues had trouble to attract investors, as there was no proof of concept to a feasible minor league football. The pregame tension comes pouring out now, and the players are catching passes and diving on their faces at the coaches whistles. The first was the Alliance of American Football (AAF) that was founded by Charlie Ebersol and Bill Polian, and began playing in 2019, but ceased operations eight weeks in, as the controlling owner Thomas Dundon decided to pull the plug, not before the NFL offered to buy 15% of the league. 2002 - South Atlanta (GA) Eagles 22 - Birmingham (AL) Diamondbacks 14 In 2007, nineteen players were named as MLFN All-Americans. [6] In 2023, the NFL signed a collaboration agreement with the XFL on rules, equipment and safety testing, but the agreement does not cover sharing players for developmental purposes. 1985 - Chesapeake Bay (VA) Neptunes Isaiah Wigfall was named MVP of the game. Carolina Punishers - Littleton, NC- First Year. ., Ken Coldwell turns away from the play, scans the stands, and says proudly, This is triple the amount of people we had last year.. The PCPFL was formed behind the financial backbone of the sport in California the Los Angeles Bulldogs the "best football team in existence outside the NFL",[30][37] and were the only prominent minor football league that operate during the war years. The league did not prosper, as it failed to secure a television contract, and beside the Mobile, Alabama team, failed miserably at the gate, was forced to play eight-week shortened season and folded altogether at the end. 1980 - Atlanta (GA) Cowboys Other prominent leagues were the Anthracite League (Pennsylvania), Eastern League of Professional Football (Pennsylvania and New Jersey), Ohio Valley League, Midwest Football League and the Northwest War Industries League (Washington and Oregon). From then until 2007, the league kept the same format, when the NFL decided to cancel it altogether.[61]. The league owner, Brian Woods, wanted his franchises to be primarily based in minor league baseball stadiums, and use the infra-structure in place to attract fans. [7], There have been professional football leagues of varying levels since the invention of the sport, and over the years there was an attempt to organize a development or farm leagues such as the Association of Professional Football Leagues[8][9][10] and the after-mentioned WLAF/NFL Europe/NFL Europa, but they failed to produce profits and cancelled unceremoniously. 1994 - Atlanta (GA) Cannibals Bear Steve Williams shoots past him and breaks free for a score. 2002 - Virginia (VA) Mutiny 41 - Jacksonville (NC) Raiders 30 In Mobile, Alabama, they play high school football games before crowds of 15,000 because the only thing they have going there is the football team. The prominent present-day leagues in the "Adult Amateur"/ "Semi-Pro" US circuit are: * The NEFL is unique in the American sports landscape, allowing promotion and relegation among conferences. Add in some revenue from Bears Sportswear, a catalogue operation that supplies schools and rec councils, and there is barely enough to cover the $20,000 or so it costs to run the team each season. Anthony Dabl, a French football player, was the first foreign pro-player to signed in the NFL, Moritz Bhringer, who was drafted in 2016 directly from the German Football League (although he still has not played in official game) and Efe Obada was the first player to make an NFL 53-man active roster. And then theres the omnipresent threat of The Injury. Players love to recount their tryout histories, and the conversations can be as labyrinthine as discussions of lineage with an English baronet. [13], Over their existence, the CoFL arguably had better talent, that went on to NFL and CFL stardom (Ken Stabler, Don Jonas, and Sam Wyche), but folded after 1971 (as an incarnation called the Trans-American Football League), and plans to take on the Canadian Football League head-to-head were abandoned. Ninety-NINE! . He held the Hens' base-stealing record (25 in 16 games), which was later broken. Tonight the team plays an exhibition game against the Baltimore Rams, another semi-pro team, this one from the Continental Interstate Football League. Over time there was attempts to start a rival major leagues, as the last one was the USFL, but most leagues that followed were high-level minor leagues such as the XFL, the UFL and the AAF. 2001 - New York (NY) Bandits 18 - Newark (NJ) Jets 14 Parallel to the RFL, there were two more separate attempts to start up new leagues. Get ready to THUMP SOME HEADS!, The kickoff received, the Rams come to the line of scrimmage, and their quarterback shouts the nights first cadence, a rapid Choctaw of jock-speak: Blue Ninety-NINE! The categories are more fluid than the outdoor variation, but usually determined by per-game salaries and arena size: The semi-pro leagues hold a strong place in American football history, but were far more common in the early and mid-20th century than they are today. The quality of play has none of the slow fumbling which fans of high-school ball might expect; these are, after all, semi-pro players, and many of them veterans of other semi-pro gigs. Virginia Crusaders, Hampton, VA. - FounteenthYear, 3. . In the 21st century, the semi-pro circuits usually attract only local players and teams don't pay salaries, although in the past most teams helped players find local jobs within the community. 1999 - Marlboro (MA) Shamrocks 29 - Scranton (PA) Eagles 7 The league paid a base salary of $100 per game and had 36 players on each active roster.[1]. For the first few years, Joe Rosentover served as league president. The Vision of the New York Bears is to 1996 - no league [4], Since 2018 the CFL has a partnership agreement with the Professional American Football League of Mexico (LFA) for player development,[5] but do not consider it as a minor league in the traditional sense. The typical American import player contract includes a monthly salary, housing, insurance, transportation (car), round trip flights, meals and possible performance bonuses. In Canada there are three prominent leagues: The AFL and NFC are considered bigger leagues, and every September the NFC champion meets the champion of the AFL to determine the Canadian Major Football League national champions. 1981 - North Georgia (GA) Cougars This is the OFFICIAL PAGE of the Baltimore Lightning Professional Football Team. The first, the International Football Federation flopped so miserably it is remembered as the shortest existing league ("one press conference"). Thirty-NinthYear, 2. 2000 - New York (NY) Bandits 14 - Virginia (VA) Monarchs 6 1983 - Arbutus (MD) Big Red 1991 - Baltimore (MD) Bears. Long Island Bulls 1969-70 (affiliated with, Morrissey Club Steelers 1960-64 (affiliated with, New England Colonials 1973 (affiliated with New England Patriots), Paterson Miners 1962 (prior to joining the ACFL, the Miners were based in, Virginia Sailors 1966-68 / Roanoke Buckskins 1968-71 (affiliated with, Gill, Bob Outsiders II: Minor League and Independent Football 1951-1985 (St. Johann Press, 2010), This page was last edited on 4 September 2022, at 12:52. Our players have received national recognition such as being selected All-American by the American Football Association (AFA). [64] The league was cancelled after two abbreviated seasons, and was reformatted as the developmental "The Spring League". Started in 1969 as a Midwestern circuit with loose association between the teams. In 1997, Charles Allen, Offensive Guard for the Virginia Ravens, was named the AFA Offensive Lineman of the Year. 1998 - Orangeburg (SC) Ruff Riders 9 - Tri-County (SC) Jaguars 0 2004 - New York (NY) Bandits 7 - Virginia (VA) Hornets 6 1 talking about this. 2002 - Newark (NJ) Jets 50 - Virginia (VA) Hornets 22 The AA was formed by the nucleus of independent teams that played in the New YorkNew Jersey circuits, and was led by the president Joe Rosentover. There were seven MDFL players participating in the Casino Bowl 6 from Arbutus and 1 from the Palmetto SC Hurricanes. . 2004 - Virginia (VA) Ravens 25 - Prince William (VA) Monarchs 22 The Rams have won the toss, and on the Bears sideline, the war cries start: Ay deFENSE! Alas, the agreement did not continue and the association would reformatted in 1986 to the American Football Association and focused on providing services to semi-pro and amateur teams around the US.[57]. Anyone who is hurt playing has to depend on his own health plan, or on his familys support. The average gate is around $500, and a concession wagon brings in $700 a night. Over the years the NFL tried to expend their exposure to additional markets, when they played some of their games outside of the United States. Since 2017, the Canadian Football League has tried to globalize as well,[168] and made partnership agreements with football leagues in Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom. Back on the field, tight end Bill Grauer pulls in a high pass and an Arbutus defender chops him at the knees, sending him head over heels. The Saints are a part of the Alliance Football League. Jul 2010 - Present12 years 7 months Baltimore, Maryland Area Host WNST Dec 1998 - Feb 201213 years 3 months I started as an intern for Nestor Aparicio and Kenny Albert at WITH radio in. Now the defense takes over and in short order theres an interception. He looks up into the ring of tense faces, and begins to speak, low and earnestly. The league operated continuously through 1971, with a return season in 1973, which played mostly by promoted teams from the lower-level Seaboard Football League (which in turn, brought up a semi-pro teams to supplement them). The first was the North American Football League (NAFL),[13] which ran from 1965 to 1966, and tried to establish Major league affiliations with either the NFL or the AFL. . The minor leagues experienced renaissance in the 60s and 70s, as their growing relevance occurred concurrently with the AFL and NFL rivalry. The UFL featured former NFL players and was the first professional fall league other than the National Football League to play in the United States since the mid-1970s. Taking a look back, here are our former League Champions: 1978 - Franklin County Minutemen (Chambersburg, PA), 1985 - Chesapeake Bay Neptunes (Va. Beach, VA), 1988 - Peninsula Pirates (Hampton/Newport News, VA), 1992 - Peninsula Poseidons (Hampton/Newport News, VA), ** Indicates team played for AFA National Championship. Currently, there are five active minor leagues in North America; two high-level the USFL and XFL, and three low-level leagues: the Gridiron Developmental Football League, Rivals Professional Football League with one Mexican league Liga de Ftbol Americano Profesional. Professional gridiron (American or Canadian) football played below the major league level, American Association suspended operations for duration of U.S. involvement in, Suspended operations in 1942 for duration of U.S. involvement in World War II; Some teams played few games at the newly formed (and somewhat informal). That would be true were it not for the fact that each home-team player gets a pass that admits his personal entourage of four. Subscribe. 02 Aug, 2018. *All players with at least 3 games of participation on a semi-professional team or ball club. Baltimore Warriors Semi-Pro Football Theres an intensity here: rage loosed at the workweeks end in tooth-rattling hits, in slashing runs, in passes spiraling sweet and true as arrows into taped and outstretched fingers. Mark, for instance, has tried out for the Ottawa Bootleggers, the Washington Commandos (an arena team), and an experimental Baltimore arena team, the Claws, which rose and fell without playing a game. Jawarren Cowles was named Offensive MVP for the Ravens. Bear lineman Wayne Defrancesco, who is a Baltimore firefighter, has stripped off helmet and shoulder pads and is already cutting a splint to fit, working smoothly with the ambulance attendants. The Bears appear to be leaning toward trading down from the first overall pick in the 2023 NFL draft, but they want to do so only after being fully informed of their options at No. The first minor leagues period of prosperity or "the heyday"[8] started in the 1920s and lasted until the end of World War II. The league teams sought relationships with the NFL, and several teams functioned as a farm system for the major NFL teams, like the Newark Bears, Brooklyn Eagles and the Jersey City Giants. 2013, the Virginia Crusaders won their third USA Bowl National Championship in Daytona Beach, FL, and were ranked # 5 in the USA Bowl and # 3 in National Football Events. In reality, most teams often found ways around that, and acquire the best players with the promise of jobs and trophies or watches (that were later pawned by the players) to play against the area top clubs and . 2006 - Prince William (VA) Monarchs 32 - Carolina (NC) Heat 0, Southern Football League (SFL) 2003 - Tri-County (SC) Jaguars 10 - Orangeburg (SC) Ruff Riders 7 The semi-pro game experienced two peak periods, the first in the 1950s and than in the 1970s through the 1980s, when minor leagues started disappearing. In 1970, the Orlando Panthers signed a husband and wife duo, Steven and Patricia Palinkas, as a kicker and holder respectively. The new modern day United Football League was the most prominent league in the era, playing 3 seasons before folding. . We are new to the league and plan to make a name for ourselves. [120] The semi-pro demise in football lore is attributed to the flourishing of college football in the 80s,[16] and the subsequently rise in the never-ending talent pool for the NFL to draw from. Furthermore, because they play only one game per week, the players are able to pursue outside employment. Last edited on 4 September 2022, at 12:52, "Doc takes own medicine Work outs, football keep him young", "1969 Atlantic Coast Football League media guide", http://articles.courant.com/1992-08-16/sports/0000113622_1_celebrities-scott-hamilton-greater-hartford, "Hudson Valley Football Gets Newburgh Boost", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Atlantic_Coast_Football_League&oldid=1108445919, Virginia Sailors & Pottstown Firebirds (2), Harrisburg Capitols/Harrisburg Colts 1963-69 (affiliated with. They dont get paid, they dont get to do commercials. And. 1993 - Atlanta (GA) Cannibals "3 Top Minor Football Leagues In Alliance to Combat 'Jumping'; Pacific Coast, American and Dixie Circuits to Ask N.F.L. Goodoldsandlotdays.com was created to educate, embrace and celebrate the rich history of semi-pro baseball in Northern California. NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY. 2004 - Lehigh Valley (PA) Steelers 28 - Conshohocken (PA) Steelers 12 Thus, European leagues and teams attract and sign American coaches and talented professional American import players from US colleges or from other leagues, some that have NFL experience. The last two were developmental-level leagues. The MDFL will serve as the host League for the 2004 Championship. Home; Schedule; Scores; Players; Staff; Stats; About; Photos; BBoard; Records; Awards; FREE SPORTS WEBSITES. Willie Harris was named the Heat MVP. After the turmoil in the 80s, the NFL decided to form its own league in 1991 the World League of American Football a spring developmental league. Theres no other reward. 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