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VENOM INVOLVED IN LEAGUE MERGER TALKS

Members of two regional, professional indoor football leagues are working towards a possible merger. Executives from both the Champions Professional Indoor Football League and the Lone Star Football League are involved in talks to combine forces.

A news release from the CPIFL says both leagues have enjoyed successes over their first three seasons since being launched in 2012 with a strong focus on keeping playing partners regional rather than great distances apart. The concept of the two leagues working together began several months ago with an initial meeting in the home city of the LSFL’s Amarillo Venom and have continued to progress. Though this merger is not yet a reality, league officials hope to finalize details in the coming weeks and begin preparations for the 2015 season.

The LSFL currently boasts teams in the Texas cities of Abilene, Amarillo, McAllen, Odessa, San Angelo and an additional team in Rio Rancho, NM. Additional negotiations are ongoing with several other Texas-based cities for expansion. The Midwestern focused CPIFL includes teams in Tulsa, OK, Dodge City, Wichita, Topeka and Salina, KS, Lincoln and Omaha, NE, Sioux City, IA, and Bloomington, IL. Like their counterpart, the CPIFL is in negotiations with other potential teams in the Midwest region.

Amarillo Venom owner Stephanie Tucker said during a news conference on Thursday she expects at least 12 teams in the league but could end up being closer to 16-20. 

 

 

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