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IFL Expects To Surpass AF2

August 4, 2008, 12:29 AM by David McCoy

IFL Expects To Surpass AF2
The merger between the United Indoor Football League and the Intense Football League is being billed as a chance to create the premier indoor football league in the country. But to do that, the new Indoor Football League will need to surpass its competing leagues. So how do they do that? 

Storm president Colin Steen said there are currently more than 70 indoor football teams in the United States. And he expects many of them to join the Storm's new league, even AF2 teams that are currently affiliated with the big-time Arena Football League that you see on ESPN. 

"They're in a lot of similar markets as we are," Steen said. "The league is run and operated by Arena Football. But at the same time, it gets expensive to run an AF2 football team."

And that's why Steen believes the new IFL can be an even better league than the AF2. Tommy Benizio, who owns the Intense Football League's Odessa Roughnecks, believes the league's merger and expansion will have comparable national influence to the AF2, but on better financial footing. 

"The average budget in the UIF and IFL in previous years has been somewhere in the neighborhood of $300,000 less than the AF2," Benizio said. "So suddenly you have a similar game played by similar rules in similar sized communities, similar sized buildings. But we're spending hundreds of thousands of dollars less every year to do so. For long term stability, that's very important."

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