The IFL Debut: Four Games, Four Feathers, Four Black Eyes

The Indoor Football League (IFL) got the 2019 inside football season underway this past weekend with eight teams in play across the frigid and snowy Midwest. For fans, it was a welcomed prelude to spring, nearly as iconic as Truck Day and tulips. For the IFL, it’s the start of a coming-out party as three … More The IFL Debut: Four Games, Four Feathers, Four Black Eyes

The Updated Arena Landscape: Love For The CIF, But More For The IFL

For some reason, Fifty Yarder’s semiannual update of The Arena Landscape garners more than its share of controversy. I’m not sure why. League placements into a tiered structure are not the product of any personal agenda of mine. They’re simply a visual articulation of the common understanding that has been shared in this industry for … More The Updated Arena Landscape: Love For The CIF, But More For The IFL

Three Secessions From The AAL That Can Change The Face of Arena Leagues To Come

A half-dozen new leagues got beyond the drawing board across arena football this past offseason, and it should come as no surprise that four of them were plotted by disillusioned teams fleeing the American Arena League. Notwithstanding the considerable resumes of CEO Tony Zefiretto and President Jack Bowman, the AAL was literally a vaudeville act … More Three Secessions From The AAL That Can Change The Face of Arena Leagues To Come

Arena Football Must Remain A Sanctuary From The NFL

By this time tomorrow, Punxsutawney Phil will have told us when spring will arrive. Groundhog Day is always a top-five day on my calendar, but not so much for the prognostication. Even if Phil sees his shadow there’s only six more weeks of winter, and that’s not hard to take. No, Groundhog Day is about … More Arena Football Must Remain A Sanctuary From The NFL

With AAL and PAF Recruiting To A Draw, Survival Of The Fittest Is On Hold

As candidates pan for voters who could change the balance of power in Congress in next month’s elections, the American Arena League and Professional Arena Football have spent their autumn on a campaign trail of their own. They’ve been vying for the litany of teams whose league affiliations remain undecided and could change the landscape … More With AAL and PAF Recruiting To A Draw, Survival Of The Fittest Is On Hold

Invitation-Only Workouts Challenging Arena’s Open Tryout Industry

In 1996, Jason Gibson found himself flat broke with a gas tank nearing empty on the drive to an open tryout for the Albany Firebirds. He was forced to spend the night at a rest area off the New York State Thruway until his dad could send him enough cash to cover a fill-up and … More Invitation-Only Workouts Challenging Arena’s Open Tryout Industry