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Bloomington Edge to Take on Elite Indoor Football League All-Star Team

Bloomington, IL. – In what is a first of its kind event for professional indoor football, The Bloomington Edge has finalized an agreement to play the All-Star team form the Elite Indoor Football League. The game will take place at Grossinger Motors Arena on July 21st with kick-off schedule for 7pm. The Elite Indoor Football League is made up of 13 indoor football teams from cities like Memphis, Myrtle Beach, Roanoke, and Sacramento. The EIF All-Star team will be comprised of the absolute best players from each of those teams.

 “I look forward to playing such a talented team as the Edge,” said EIF league commissioner Bobby Dammarell who was instrumental in putting this game together. “We hope to give them some great competition. Being able to do crossover games with different leagues is a great thing for indoor football. It helps the players get a broader reach with their goals.”

Bloomington Edge head coach J. Johnson is also thrilled about the opportunity. “We are very excited to play a true All-Star team,” he added. “It will be a great game for us and a great challenge for our team. We are looking forward to it.”

Bloomington Edge General Manager Charles Welde was looking for the best possible opponent’s when putting together a summer schedule for the team. Arranging a game against an All-Star team was one of his first priorities.

“There is going to be an amazing amount of talent on our red turf on July 21st. When you combine the top couple guys from 13 other teams on one sideline with the talent we have been bringing in on the other sideline, there’s going to be a lot of action,” Welde said.

The Edge starts their summer season on July 7th and will play 6 home games in July and August. Season tickets, FLEX tickets and group packages are on sale now at www.bloomingtonedge.net or by calling 484-840-3343.

 

Randall Boe replaces Scott Butera as Arena Football League Commissioner

Ron Jaworski named chair of executive committee in shakeup of league management

 Published 4:19 pm, Tuesday, March 27, 2018
When the Arena Football League's 31st season kicks off on April 14, there will be a new commissioner at the helm.

The league announced on Tuesday that Randall Boe, who serves as Executive Vice President and General Counsel to Monumental Sports and Entertainment, which owns two of the Arena Football League's four teams, would replace Scott Butera, who will leave his post on March 31. As part of the shakeup of league management, Philadelphia Soul majority owner Ron Jaworski was named chairman of the league's executive committee. 

"Together, Ron and I are committed to developing the best fan experience for all arena football fans, and to making arena football one of the most cutting-edge, technologically-advanced games in sports," said Boe in a league press release. "We are excited to bring in new partners to continue to grow and evolve this innovative league."

Butera was named commissioner of the AFL after the 2014 season. During his tenure, the league contracted, shrinking from a 12-team nationwide circuit in 2015 to a four-team league based in the northeast for the 2018 season.

When the Albany Empire expansion franchise was announced in late October, Butera, a former investment banker and casino executive, told the Times Union that the league would "take our best owners, and we're building the league around them."

At the time, the Empire became the league's sixth team for the 2018 season, but the Cleveland Gladiators, owned by the same group that owns the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers and the AHL's Lake Erie Monsters, announced in mid-November that the team would suspend operations for two years while Quicken Loans Arena undergoes renovations over the next two summers.

Less than a month later, the Tampa Bay Storm announced they wouldn't play the 2018 season, citing rising operating costs and reduced league revenues.

Boe, the new commissioner, will also remain in his position with Monumental Sports and Entertainment, which owns the Washington Valor and Baltimore Brigade.

 

In his role as chairman of the executive committee, Jaworski, who leads the ownership groups of both Philadelphia and the Albany Empire, will oversee the league's football operations.

NOTE:  While the future of the New Jersey Flight football team may very well be in doubt, according to AAL sources, the Flight will complete their schedule.  They will be hosting the 4-0 Richmond Roughriders at The Cure Insurance Arena in Trenton NJ, Saturday, April 21, 2018

 

Feds say ex-trooper, firefighter cheated IRS out of $232K working as tax preparers

A retired New Jersey State police trooper and a current Plainfield firefighter who together own an arena football team in Trenton fleeced the government for years while working as tax preparers, federal authorities alleged Friday.

Samuel Davis Jr., 52, and Kyna Felder-Ruiz, 35, were indicted Wednesday on multiple charges accusing them of filing dozens of fraudulent tax returns that inflated their clients refunds, dating to 2012.

Davis owns Get Organized Tax & Accounting, of Plainfield, where they both live. Felder-Ruiz works for him as a tax preparer, authorities said. 

Last year, the duo announced they were bringing arena football back to Trenton, with a team called the Jersey Flight, playing in the American Arena League.

The team opened their inaugural season in late March, and played their home opener April 6 at the CURE Insurance arena in Trenton, dropping the Maryland Warriors 71-12. They are currently 1-1.

Court documents and the U.S. Attorney's Office for New Jersey say the two fraudulently filed over 70 returns by making up deductions for clients, like charitable contributions, unreimbursed employee business expenses and education or residential energy credits.

The returns - for the tax years 2011 to 2016 - caused the federal government to pay their clients $232,009 in bogus refunds, the feds say.

Arena football returning to Trenton

The Jersey Flight, the 10th team to join the National Arena League, will make its debut in the 2018 season

The feds say Davis and Felder-Ruiz filed the inflated returns to generate more business for Get Organized, and thus enrich themselves.

Davis is also charged with filing false individual income tax returns from 2012 through 2014 by falsely reporting the gross business income to Got Organized, that alone defrauded the IRS of tens of thousands of dollars in taxes.

The U.S. Attorney's Office did not identify Davis and Felder-Ruiz's football business.

The government identified him as a retired as a detective sergeant from the State Police who retired in 2016 after 28 years on the force, and Felder-Ruiz as a former State Police public safety dispatcher who now works as a Plainfield city firefighter.

On the Jersey Flight website, and in news stories, Davis describes himself as a former athlete and sports agent, and Felder-Ruiz as a former licensed securities professional and the second female firefighter to serve Plainfield.

Their attorney, Thomas Ashley, of Newark, did not immediately return a message seeking comment.

The IRS said anyone who believes they may have been a victim of Davis and Feldman-Ruiz can contact the office's criminal investigators at 732-761-6439.

Kevin Shea may be reached at kshea@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on TwitterNJ.com on Facebook.

 

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