June 23, 2024

Merger done! Largest indoor football league now in play

Wichita players celebrate following Ernesto Lacayo's game-winning 50-yard field goal

Dodge City, Kan (westernkansasnews.com)-As anticipated, executives from both the LSFL (Lone Star Football League) and the CPIFL (Champions Professional Indoor Football League) have finalized negotiations to bring about the merger of these two successful leagues in what will create likely the largest indoor football league in the United States.

This merger provides a strong group of regionalized teams, and ownership groups that will provide the foundation for not only the existing teams, but also for future teams through expansion efforts.  “I gives me great pride to realize the results of this merger after the hard work of all the involved teams over the past few months,” explained Ricky Bertz who owns the Dodge City Law and has been serving as a representative for the CPIFL through the process. “We are confident that these humble beginnings will lead to a solid and long-standing future for our new league.” A new name and logo are expected to be revealed in the coming days.

The new league will consist of teams in the Texas cities of Amarillo, Odessa, and San Angelo, along with Rio Rancho, NM, Tulsa, OK, Dodge City and Salina, KS, Lincoln and Omaha, NE, Sioux City, IA, and Bloomington, IL.  “We have long enjoyed our in-state Texas rivalries and the cost effective close playing partners.  To now be able to combine those features with the stability and more national presence that the merger provides is going to be excellent for our teams and our fans,” stated Stephanie Tucker, owner of the Amarillo Venom and spokeswoman for the former LSFL.

In addition to the eleven teams listed above, the league is now closing out expansion efforts for the 2015 season with several possibilities from Indiana, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas.  The league is proud to announce the first such addition in an existing team who has enjoyed great success in suburban Dallas in the Texas Revolution.  A great geographical fit, the Revolution bring additional growth and experience to the new league. 

The yet-to-be-named league will be hosting their first ever executive and owners meetings in Wichita, Kansas next week with the goals of creating a league office, finalizing details of playing rules, and beginning work on the 2015 scheduled amongst other business plans. Further information will be released soon and questions should be directed to the CPIFL offices at (325) 277-3713.