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Major League Football (MLFB) is a proposed professional American football league based in Lakewood Ranch, Florida; it currently consists of eight announced teams and all teams are league-owned. The league founder and president is former National Football League wide receiver Wes Chandler. Major League Football, Inc., is a publicly traded company. In June 2016, eviction papers were served to the league for non-payment of rent beginning in March 2016 on its offices at the Lakewood Ranch facility.
Major League Football Wikipedia
Major League Football was founded in December 2014 with the intention of a being a spring football league in an attempt to fill the void left by minor or development football leagues such as the World Football League, the United States Football League, the XFL and United Football League (all of which lasted less than five years), and the current Fall Experimental Football League (FXFL). The league looked to establish teams in unrecognized U.S. markets such as Birmingham, AL, Memphis, TN, Las Vegas, NV, Orlando, FL, Portland, OR, Sacramento, CA, and San Antonio, TX. It also planned to develop a non-conflicting and competitive league to the National Football League and other sports leagues in the United States (including the Arena Football League and Indoor Football League) and expand the media platform.
The MLFB is a single-entity business model where the league owns and operates all of the teams with franchises in cities that are absent of NFL or Major League Baseball teams. The MLFB's goal is to have franchises be individual owner and operated by 2019 or 2020. Average attendance is expected to be between 12,500 and 15,000 fans by the end of the first season and run from April to July.
The MLFB originally planned on having its inaugural season in spring 2016. In January 2016, the MLFB held a draft for eight teams based on territory. However, in February 2016, a major financial backer of the league backed out of a $20 million commitment putting the league's first season in jeopardy. The league continued to push forward in an attempt to start games in April 2016, but the league was unable to come up need financials in order to operate a full season. On March 31, 2016, the league announced that the first season would be postponed and 2016 would be considered a "developmental" year. However, by June 2016, the league would miss at least four months of rent payments on its headquarters in Lakewood Ranch, Florida and were served with an eviction notice.
The rules of the MLFB are basically the same as the NFL with a few differences such as:A 30-second play clock instead of the NFL's 40 seconds.
50-yard field goals being worth 4 points (former NFL Europe rule).
The ground can cause a fumble.
In the case of overtime, a 10-minute period will be played to determine a winner. Similar to former NFL rules, first score wins the game. In the event the game is still tied after overtime, there are alternating possessions from the 10-yard line; teams get four plays to score a touchdown and 2-point conversion.
While currently unannounced, the MLFB has filed trademarks for nine regional teams and have held a territorial draft for eight teams in which coaches draft based on region. The reported names are:Alabama Airborne
Wes Chandler – President
Michael Queen – Executive Vice President of Finance
Rick Smith – Chief Operating Officer
Frank Murtha – Senior Executive Vice President
Ivory Sully – Vice President of Branding and Licensing
Rick Nichols – Vice President of Business Development
Nick Athan – Vice President of Media Relations
John “JJ” Coyne – Vice President Project Management Officer
Herm Edwards – Major League Football Senior Advisor
Marc Bulger – Quarterback Advisory Team
Wayne ‘Buddy’ Geis
On January 12, 2016, MLFB announced a two-year television deal with the American Sports Network.