Press Release: March 1, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
It is with great sadness that the American Arena League is announcing that the Glens Falls Gladiators will not be playing in 2018 and will be concentrating on a relaunch in 2019. We would like to thank the Gladiators ownership and staff for their hard work and preparation as well as their venue Cool Insuring Arena.
The AAL as well as individual team venues require a minimum level of insurance to play each season and the Gladiators were unable to secure the required insurance at a competitive price for the 2018 season. While the average team insurance premium across the AAL ranges from five thousand to forty thousand dollars per year the premium received came in around seventeen times higher then the next highest AAL team insurance premium for 2018. While the AAL and the Gladiators do not agree how the premium was calculated we must abide by it.
The State based its premium on a higher level of professional sports based on a 1 million dollar yearly minimum player payroll as teams have had in the past in that state After numerous discussions with the State Fund it became clear that there was not enough time to work on alternate options and the decision was made to work toward the 2019 season.
The AAL puts the welfare of its players first by having a managed care and injury program to keep costs down by working with a teams a medical staff and local medical providers. That being said the AAL will compile injury and claim information during the 2018 season on player injuries to be able to show realistic numbers for future insurance coverage.
Hank Pelton - President of the Glens Falls Gladiators states “The support of the Cool Insuring Arena and their Coalition, the AAL and its member teams, and our local communities have been amazing throughout this process. Our goal is to and will always be to bring professional arena football to our hometown. We look forward to the 2019 season.”
Jack Bowman - President of the American Arena League states “ That while we are not happy with the series of events in this situation we must move forward,. All Gladiator players have been released from the team roster and are available immediately to sign with another team, the league will try to assist in referring players to other AAL teams as well. The AAL 2018 league schedule will be modified slightly to accommodate changes in the league schedule.
We look forward to assist the Gladiators in working toward the 2019 season and thank the Glens Falls community for
The Vermont Bucks Folding Explained
Story updated 4:12:04 PM 02/21/2018
Teams fold all the time, that’s the sad reality of arena/indoor football. Each time a team folds it has a corrosive effect on the rest of the league and, by extension, the sport. This past season well known, long-standing teams like the Spokane Shock, Colorado Crush, Wichita Falls Nighthawks, Monterrey Steel, Tampa Bay Storm and many others turned off the lights and shut their doors leaving fans with nothing but questions and skepticism. One owner recently told AF Insider that it’s difficult to go back into a market once a team, or multiple teams, have permanently decamped. While the Storm, the 2017 Arena Bowl runner-up, and the last original AFL team raised eyebrows when they went dark, other than the IFL/CIF shootout this winter, it is the Vermont Bucks who’ve made fans shake their heads and wonder what the heck is going in with arena football.
Last year the Bucks were the best team in the Can-Am Indoor Football League. They ran away with the league and easily won the championship. After the season ended the league announced it was merging with the Arena Pro Football League and the Supreme Indoor Football League to form the new American Arena League. The AAL would consist of 13 teams playing a 9 game league schedule. Teams were free to add some out of league games to generate extra revenue and in at least one case bring the perceived rivalry to the field. Everything seemed to be full steam ahead for Vermont. Their 2018 arena contract though still unsigned, was just a formality requiring a signature. They had a few sponsors and were working to bring in more, and they were selling season tickets. Understandably, the 2017 team didn’t have enough sponsors and fans to be profitable, but that is the way of most new small businesses across most industries.
At the very end of December 2017, Bucks owner, and NASCAR driver Tim Viens, decided to sell the team. As a high ranking executive in the AAL and the owner of the Atlanta Havoc, he decided the time was right to shift his focus southward, closer to his home. Viens lives in South Florida and Burlington, Vermont is a long way from home. Kyle Jennings and Thomas Sturgis had formed a group and offered to buy the team. The contract was written up and signed by Viens, Jennings, and Sturgis and the pair took over operations. Here’s where things started to fall apart. In order to qualify for the purchase, the pair had to show they had enough money to back up their signatures. According to AAL President Jack Bowman, and Tim Viens they showed a letter from their bank with at least $78,000 in their business account. The AAL plan is to give teams a chance to succeed by keeping expenses low. With most AAL teams budget's clocking in at under $300k per season, $78k seemed like an ample amount of money to keep the franchise moving forward. However, before the end of January 2018, less than a month after taking over operations, the team informed the AAL they would not be playing in 2018. With schedules already made, the league had to scramble to find a replacement. Tim Freeman the owner of the Peach State Cats had attempted to enter the league earlier in the year and now found himself with an invitation to the party and he RSVP’d in the affirmative. But what happened in Vermont? Why did the new owners buy the team and then fold it within a month?
What ensued has proven to be a scrum of he said/she said accusations and acrimony. AF Insider learned the AAL had not yet approved Jennings and Sturgis as league owners. AAL execs Jack Bowman and Tony Zefiretto told AF Insider the owners had difficulties completing the league questionnaire. When asked to elaborate, they both declined. The questionnaires reveal potential owners private information, including certain pieces of their finances. Both Bowman and Zefiretto felt it was necessary to keep this information confidential. When asked if it was likely the new Vermont group would be approved they both said no decision had been reached either way because the process was incomplete at the time of the sale. Someone with knowledge of the process, speaking on condition of anonymity said it was unlikely Sturgis and Jennings would gain approval. If true, the new owners would not be invited to join the league, wouldn’t that invalidate the sale? The answer to that, it turns out, is a bit tricky and is one of the things in apparent dispute.
As the owner of the Vermont Bucks, Viens had the legal right to sell the LLC to anyone he wanted at any time. The sale of the team is not, at least as reported, tied to league affiliation. Under Viens, the Bucks were legally affiliated to the AAL, but it seems that particular agreement didn’t transfer with the team. The Bucks new owners likely believed it did when they bought the team, but when they found out it didn’t, and their approval by the league was in doubt, it most likely helped push them towards dissolution. If there was a lease agreement and operating funds in place, why would a team not get league approval? The answer lies in the difficulties the new Bucks owners had completing the questionnaire. Without the league, or the Bucks willing to speakon the record, those answers will take time to come out.
What we’re left with is speculation. Obviously, $78,000 isn’t enough to run the team for an entire season so how were the new owners planning to do it. The likely answer is they were planning on using the Bucks income stream to cover operating expenses. Viens had sponsors and ticket sales in place so there should have been some money available to the new owners. The question is how much money was there and what happened to it after the sale was completed? So far, 2018 season ticket holders have not received refunds and no corporate sponsor we spoke to had either. One of the sponsor’s said they were awaiting a return call which never came and eventually found out through social media the team had ceased operations. Since the Vermont group had not finished the vetting process, the league has no information about how much money there was or where it went.
To be clear, AF Insider in not taking sides in this matter. We have no hard information about how much sponsorship and ticket sales money there might have been, or who currently has it. We do know the contract between Viens and the Jennings/Sturgis group was legal and completed. Jennings own facebook entries represented himself as the owner of the Bucks and, up until they folded the team, they seemed to have been acting in good faith. Viens has a signed contract handing the team over to the new group and, unless he has through some purposeful, provable action, knowingly acted in bad faith the team belongs to Jennings and Sturgis. Viens indicated, on the record, that the arena lease was a lock and accepted by the league, and the team had low or no debt load. If that’s true then it will take lawyers to sort things out.
One thing which is certain is the Bucks are not playing this season and it’s extremely unlikely they will ever play again. It’s too bad because there is a trail of disappointed fans who are now left without their team and little hope of getting a new one anytime soon.
AF Insider reached out to Mr. Jennings for this story and after a tentative initial agreement to speak on the record, he informed us he had changed his mind and would not make any comments.
TROPTIONS Corporation Sponsors American Arena League and its Member Teams
January 19, 2018, Boca Raton, FL – Troptions Corporation, a trading company that has built a vibrant community providing exposure to a myriad of trading options announced that it has sponsored the American Arena League as well as its 13 member teams for the sum of two million fifty thousand dollars ($2,050,000.00) in cryptocurrency for the 2018 season.
Since the AAL has been fielding many inquiries from teams across the US, expansion teams slated for 2019 and those joining the AAL beyond 2019 will also reap the benefits. These teams include those participating in the anticipated 2019 AAL Western Division.
AAL CEO Tony Zefiretto commented, “The Troptions sponsorship is designed to not only benefit our current AAL teams into the future, it will also benefit those teams joining the AAL in 2019. Additionally, one of the Troptions companies, Next G TV, is a licensed national television company that the AAL is partnering with to enhance its national television presence”.
Troptions Corporation is providing its cryptocurrency, TROPTIONS, to:
The American Arena League, www.americanarenaleague.com for sponsorship and Troptions branding during the 2018 AAL season to include the 2018 American Arena League Championship Presented by Troptions. In addition, the agreement also includes a one-year extension that would benefit new AAL expansion teams and the anticipated AAL Western Division for the 2019 season.
And to the American Arena League privately owned thirteen member teams for “Name the Field” or other major field branding with each team. The American Arena League will receive $1.3 million in Troptions cryptocurrency less any commissions and fees payable under the terms of the agreement. Over the next two years, AAL member teams will directly benefit from this sponsorship in profit sharing and team services.
Bryan Stone, President of Troptions Corporation who facilitated these relationships says, “I’m very excited and it is an honor to sponsor the American Arena League and its member teams. The Troptions team looks forward to continuing a strong and long relationship with the American Arena League for a long time to come. TROPTIONS exposure to the arena football community will give us the opportunity to educate fans on the utility of TROPTIONS”
Jordan Gitterman, Chief Value Officer of Troptions Corporation says, “The sponsorship with the American Arena League introduces TROPTIONS ecosystem, one based on abundance, to the arena/ indoor footballs extremely loyal fan base.”
Tim Viens, CFO of American Arena League "I have since built a fantastic partnership through NASCAR with Troptions and this new relationship with the AAL will open so many doors for the future of the league and it's member teams. We are excited to grow this relationship and league as the predominant league in all of arena football.
About Troptions Corporation
TROPTIONS have an ecosystem built around them serviced and managed by the Troptions Corporation. TROPTIONS have been used in a system originally developed 14 years ago which provides Trading OPTIONS. TROPTIONS became a cryptocurrency in September 2016. The Troptions Corporation is the issuer of the ecosystems cryptocurrencies. Cryptocurrencies have given the flexibility to credits and debits using the Bitcoin Blockchain ledger. TROPTIONS are a Counterparty (XCP) Asset on the Bitcoin blockchain.The Troptions Corporation has disseminated its cryptocurrency and ecosystem throughout the world through expeditious and prudent commerce.
To date Troptions has bought over 1.5 Billion dollars in assets.TROPTIONS is an Xchange system secured by the Bitcoin blockchain. The blockchain provides a peer-to-peer network that timestamps transactions by hashing them into an ongoing chain of hash-based proof-of-work, forming a record that cannot be changed. Like other cryptocurrencies whose worth is determined by free market forces, TROPTIONS can be Xchanged for US dollars through the blockchain. Additionally, TROPTIONS can be exchanged for other cryptocurrencies or used for purchasing items of value. Unique to TROPTIONS is the ability to trade for items that are exclusively within the Troptions system. Whether it is Real Estate, Mineral rights, Hotel rooms, Businesses, Hotels, Automobiles, Television Network airtime, Seminars or whatever is currently offered through the TROPTIONS trade system, TROPTIONS holders are able to find opportunities that would otherwise not be available to them. This is a proof-of-utility that makes TROPTIONS a different kind of cryptocurrency.
About The American Arena League
The American Arena League is the largest professional arena/indoor football league in the United States.The AAL resulted in the merger between Arena Pro Football and the Can-Am Indoor Football League as well as teams from Supreme Indoor Football and the National Arena League. Currently the league plays in thirteen cities up and down the east coast.
With an established base of east coast teams, the future is bright as the AAL is in discussions with numerous teams to bring a Western Conference to the league in 2019.
For more information on Troptions Corporations and American Arena League go to their respective websites www.troptionsxchange.com and www.americanarenaleague.com
American Arena League Announces 2018 Radio Lineup
The American Arena League is pleased to announce its “2018 Radio Game of the Week” lineup on Sports Radio America. The schedule includes eight regular season games plus the AAL Championship Game. The first broadcast will be March 24th and features the Florida Tarpons from Lakeland Florida at the High Country Grizzlies of Boone North Carolina. Sports Radio America is an independent sports network owned and operated by Tyayoku Studios, LLC. It is an international network of independent radio producers, broadcasters, sportscasters, and journalists dedicated to bringing a fresh perspective on sports. They carry live sporting events as well as weekly sports shows covering professional and collegiate leagues and teams of all sports. The 2018 season brings the first year of a three year agreement with Sports Radio America to air AAL games throughout each season and will feature a broadcast crew of two announcers each game. To learn more about listening options and game times for the AAL - Sports Radio America “Game of the Week” go to the respective websites www.sportsradioamerica.com and www.americanarenaleague.com.
AAL Regular Season Radio Games of the Week
March 24, 2018
Florida Tarpons @ High Country Grizzlies (Boone, North Carolina)
March 31, 2018
Triangle Torch @ Atlanta Havoc (Buford, Georgia)
April 7, 2018
Cape Fear Heroes @ Richmond Roughriders (Richmond, Virginia)
April 28, 2018
Georgia Doom @ Cape Fear Heroes (Fayetteville, North Carolina)
May 4, 2018
Upstate Dragons @ New Jersey Flight (Trenton, New Jersey)
May 19th, 2018
Carolina Energy @ Cape Fear Heroes (Fayetteville, North Carolina)
May 26, 2018
Upstate Dragons @ Florida Tarpons (Lakeland, Florida)
June 2, 2018
Cape Fear Heroes @ Glens Falls Gladiators (Glens Falls, New York)
Vermont Bucks Under New Ownership
Tim Viens the founder and CEO of the Vermont Bucks Football team has sold his interest in the team. Viens reached an agreement with business owners Thomas Sturgis and Kyle Jennings of Exeter, NH and Ron Lotti of Boston, over the holidays. Tom a local seacoast firefighter and father of 4. Kyle Jennings, Chief Revenue Officer at Pattern, Inc of Boston, and Ron Lotti a VP at a national Finance company are first time owners, with years of sports passion. Viens owned and operated the Bucks in 2017 and lead the team to an almost perfect record with only 1 loss clinching the CAN-AM Indoor Football Championship. Viens helped start the American Arena League by merging the CAN-AM Indoor Football league with the Arena Pro Football league and is now the largest Arena league in the country. The Vermont Bucks will play in the AAL in the 2018 season under the new ownership group. Viens a NASCAR driver and entrepreneur decided at the end of the 2017 season to build another team closer to his main residence in Florida. With the addition of a new baby to his family, it was the right decision for his family. Viens founded the Atlanta Havoc Football team and will begin to play in the AAL in the 2018 season. The new ownership group will keep intact all the current employees, coaches, and ballplayers moving forward.
American Arena League secures broadcast partnership with Sports Radio America
Raleigh, NC - Sports Radio America (SRA) and the American Arena League (AAL) have completed a multi-year broadcast rights deal which will provide streaming radio coverage for arena football fans. The American Arena League was created by a merger between Arena Pro Football and the Can-Am Indoor Football League. The footprint of this league is expected to include at least 10 teams which will span over seven states from as far north as Vermont and as far south as Florida.
Beginning in March, the “American Arena League Game of the Week” will be broadcast nationally and will feature teams like the Vermont Bucks, Rochester Kings, Glens Falls Gladiators, Cape Fear Heroes, Triangle Torch, Upstate Dragons, Georgia Doom and the Florida Tarpons as well as a few yet to be named teams. This group of teams include two 2017 league champions and two 2017 league runner-ups. .
“This is a really interesting opportunity to secure the broadcast rights of two leagues which are merging to form a stronger, more prominent league,” says Jim Tirey, SRA Director of Live Events. “The opportunity to have a national streamed radio game of the week is exciting to the AAL. It will give our fans another option to follow the AAL and its teams from anywhere in the world,” states Jack Bowman, AAL President.
Sports Radio America is a wholly owned subsidiary and flagship brand of Tyayoku Studios, LLC. The network finds distribution through frequently used apps such as TuneIn. Entering its sixth year of operation, Sports Radio America has become a popular choice for authentic sports talk and live game action; registering unique listeners in 188 US radio markets and 64 different countries worldwide.
The AAL is operated by a management team of industry veterans. The league executives have over 30 years’ experience in operating sports organizations from indoor football, minor league baseball and baseball at the major league level.
WELCOME TO THE TEAM!
The Cape Fear Heroes announce the signing of Jerimiah Spicer a 6’1”, 235 pound defensive end/ linebacker from California. Jerimiah has played professional arena football for the Georgia Firebirds of the National Arena League and with the Florida Tarpons the 2017 runner-up of Arena Pro Football.
He started playing football at Banning High School under head coach John Stockham. After high school, he had the opportunity to play for Riverside Community College. Recently, he has played for the Socal Coyotes in the National Developmental Professional Football League, a showcase for aspiring NFL talent. He has also played fo
r Team America in 2017, a yearly all-star football game that features the top stand out football players from across the world such as Canada, Mexico, United States, and Europe.
Jerimiah is a driven player who is looking to make a name for himself, he is a versatile player who has the ability to play linebacker, defensive line, and contribute on special teams. He is also smart player who has a great motor and great instincts that is expected to be a force to recon with..
Jerimiah is a good football player but one of his greatest accomplishment may have come off the field come where he has used football as a catalyst to improve himself as a person and better his situation in life. Left in a garbage can as a child and raised in orphanages and group homes before moving in with his grandmother, Spicer talks of a life on the unforgiving streets and in the homeless shelters of Los Angeles, where he railed against authority, hated school, and was nearly consumed by anger, rejection, fear and abandonment.
Football is his passion and motivation now in life but he has not forgotten where he has come from, Jerimiah speaks often as a motivational speaker to today’s youth about his experiences growing up. It is not uncommon to see him on an given day speaking to scores of schoolchildren flocked around the young linebacker, hugging, mugging and high-fiving him as he speaks to them about life, it is evident something great has already begun for Spicer.
Not only have the Cape Fear Heroes signed a good football player in Jerimiah but they have an even better individual that has a lot to offer others in life.
Rules adopted by the league to enhance the game: The TE rule is in, so look for the big guys up front to help keep the chains moving.
Either LB can blitz, but only one per play. The Jack does not have to line up over the TE, and he can drop back 6 yards and cover wall to wall.
Another great addition is the Defensive Lineman can twist on the pass rush. In most leagues the DL have to stay in their own lane, now AAL linemen can rush whatever gap they like. Add to that a blitzing LB and the pressure on the QB to get rid of the ball will be ratcheted up from what fans are used to seeing.
Perhaps the most interesting rule change is on the kick-off. Without AFL nets, most arena leagues feature the Uno. Kick it through the uprights on a kickoff and you're awarded a point. The rule provides an advantage to teams with a high skilled kicker. Now, if your kicker can't boom it over the back wall or put it through the uprights they can kick a squibbler into the opponents endzone and try for a touchback. A successful TB is an Uno. The rule will put a stronger emphasis on special teams which should make the game more fun for the fans.
American Arena Releases 2018 Schedule
It looks to be an exciting year as the AAL schedule features 3 league champions, 3 league runner-ups as well as other playoff teams from last season on its 2018 schedule.
|Key||Upstate||Atlanta||High Country||Cape Fear||Carolina||Florida|
|AAL Affilate *||Dragons||Havoc||Grizzlies||Heroes||Energy||Tarpons|
|Non-League **||Anderson SC||Atlanta Ga||Boone NC||Fayetteville NC||Charlotte NC||Lakeland Fl|
|Saturday||March||17||Bye||Florida Tarpons||Richmond Roughriders||Bye||Bye||@Atlanta Havoc|
|Saturday||March||24||Bye||@ Ga. Doom||Florida Tarpons||Bye||Triangle Torch||@Cape Fear Heroes|
|Saturday||March||31||Austin Wild*||TriangleTorch||@Cape Fear Heroes||HC Grizzlies||@Richmond Roughriders||Bye|
|Saturday||April||7||Peach State Catts**||Bye||Bye||@Richmond Roughriders||Bye||Bye|
|Saturday||April||14||Ga. Doom||@Carolina Energy||Rochester Kings||Richmond Roughriders|
|Sunday||April||15||Austin Wild*||HC Grizzlies|
|Saturday||April||21||@Cape Fear Heroes||@Florida Tarpons||Upstate Dragons||@ Ga. Doom||Atlanta Havoc|
|Saturday||April||28||@Triangle Torch||C.Savannah Outlaws*||Bye||Ga. Doom||@Vermont Bucks||Bye|
|Saturday||May||5||@HC Grizzlies||Atlanta Havoc||@Triangle Torch|
|Sunday||May||6||@NJ Flight||C. Savannah Outlaws**||Austin Wild*|
|Saturday||May||12||Bye||Carolina Energy||Bye||Bye||@Atlanta Havoc||Triangle Torch|
|Saturday||May||19||Atlanta Havoc||@Upstate Dragons||Vermont Bucks||Carolina Energy||@Cape Fear Heroes||@Ga. Doom|
|Saturday||May||26||@Florida Tarpons||Cape Fear Heroes||Ga. Doom||@Atlanta Havoc||Glens Falls Gladiators||Upstate Dragons|
|Saturday||June||2||Austin Wild*||Peach State Cats**||@ Richmond Roughriders||@Glens Falls Gladiators||Florida Tarpons||@Carolina Energy|
|Saturday||June||9||HC Grizzlies||@ Ga.Doom||@Upstate Dragons**||Bye||Bye||Bye|
|AAL Affilate *||Gladiators||Doom||Torch||Roughriders||Kings||Bucks|
|Non-League **||Glens Falls NY||Macon Ga||Raleigh NC||Richmond Va||Rochester NY||Burlington Vt.|
|Saturday||March||17||Bye||Bye||Bye||@ HC Grizzlies||Vermont Bucks||@ Rochester Kings|
|Saturday||March||24||@ Rochester Kings||Atlanta Havoc||@ Carolina Energy||Bye||Glens Falls Gladiators||New Jersey|
|Saturday||March||31||Bye||Bye||@ Atlanta Havoc||Carolina Energy||Bye||Bye|
|Saturday||April||7||Bye||@ Triangle Torch||Ga. Doom||Cape Fear Heroes||Bye||Bye|
|Friday||April||13||New Jersey Flight|
|Saturday||April||14||@ Upstate Dragons||Vermont Bucks||@ Florida Tarpons||@ Cape Fear Heroes||@ Triangle Torch|
|Saturday||April||21||Vermont Bucks||Carolina Energy||@ NJ Flight||New England Cavalry*||@ Glens Falls Gladiators|
|Saturday||April||28||Bye||@ Cape Fear Heroes||Upstate Dragons||Hampton Roads Reapers**||Carolina Energy|
|Saturday||May||5||@ Richmond Roughriders||Bye||Cape Fear Heroes||Glens Falls Gladiators||@Vermont Bucks||Rochester Kings|
|Saturday||May||12||Vermont**||Richmond Roughriders||@ Florida Tarpons||@ Ga. Doom||New Jersey Flight||@Glens Falls Gladiators|
|Saturday||May||19||Rochester Kings||Florida Tarpons||@Richmond Roughriders||Triangle Torch||@Glens Falls Gladiators||@HC Grizzlies|
|Saturday||May||26||@Carolina Energy||@HC Grizzlies||New Jersey Flight**||Bye||Bye|
|Saturday||June||2||Cape Fear Heroes||Bye||Bye||HC Grizzlies||Bye||New England Cavalry|
|Saturday||June||9||@ Vermont Bucks||Atlanta Havoc||Bye||Bye||Bye||Glens Falls Gladiators|
|Key||Austin||New Jersey||New England||Coastal Savannah|
|AAL Affilate *||Wild||Flight||Cavalry||Outlaws|
|Non-League **||Austin Texas||Trenton NJ||Concord NH||Savannah Ga.|
|Saturday||March||31||@ Upstate Dragons||Bye|
|Saturday||April||7||@ Rochester Kings|
|Friday||April||13||@ Glens Falls|
|Saturday||April||28||@ Atlanta Havoc|
|Saturday||May||5||@ Vermont Bucks|
|Sunday||May||6||@ Florida Tarpons||Upstate||@ Carolina Energy|
|Friday||May||18||New England*||@ New Jersey|
|Sunday||May||27||@ Triangle Torch|
|Saturday||June||2||@ Upstate Dragons||Bye||@ Rochester Kings|
|Saturday||June||9||New England||@ New Jersey|