IFL loses lawsuit, two teams for 2018 season
GRAND ISLAND, Neb. —
A turbulent offseason continues for the Indoor Football League and 17 days before the 2018 campaign kicks off, the IFL has to drop two franchises from participating this season.
The West Michigan Ironmen and Bloomington Edge both came over to the IFL from the Champions Professional Indoor Football League (CIF).
However, an Iowa district court ruled in favor of the CIF, who filed a lawsuit against both organizations for a breach of contract signed in July of 2017, stating they would not play for any league but the CIF in 2018. Two months later, the franchises both flipped and the lawsuit was eventually filed against them and the IFL.
As of now, the Ironmen and Edge are expected to join the IFL in 2019.
Earlier this offseason, the Sioux Falls Storm and Wichita Falls Nighthawks both defected to the CIF. After some lengthy deliberation, the Storm decided its best interest was to remain in the IFL, while the Nighthawks stuck with their choice to leave.
The Nebraska Danger have a new schedule, which can be found here. Each IFL team will play a 14-game schedule over 17 weeks with the exception of the Green Bay Blizzard and Cedar Rapids Titans, who will play 15 games.