Update: Arkansas Twisters kickoff season moved to 2020

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Update:
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The Arkansas Twisters indoor football team will not see action this year, the following news release issued on Wednesday afternoon confirms: 

Full news release – The National Gridiron League and President Joe E. McClendon, III announced today an adjustment to the league’s kickoff season. The change is effective immediately and includes all NGL team schedules.

The league with the recommendation of industry experts will continue promotional efforts in preparation of the league’s 2020 season.

Recent developments within the spring football industry such as the cease of operations of the Alliance of American Football, organizational changes within the NGL league office, and NGL players desire to create a player’s association are the prime factors for the decision. 

“We are committed to long-term success. That has always been the primary goal and although it’s a tough decision to move to 2020 it’s the best choice. We were paying close attention to the Alliance of American Football, and there were some great things they did and some mistakes. It is important that we build from those lessons before we launch and to have a work stoppage because our players are unhappy; that’s not how we desire to do things.”

“Every market deserves the opportunity to properly promote to allow each market the best opportunity for success,” said Joe McClendon, president of the National Gridiron League. “We have worked extremely hard to secure the right markets and venues for our league and to launch twelve expansion franchises at once takes a tremendous effort. We felt it would be in the best interest of our teams, fans, and venues if we do not rush our kickoff and take some additional time to ensure a fantastic first experience. A great fan experience will forever be our standard moving forward.”

League president Joe McClendon will be interviewing with local news affiliates to discuss the league’s decision further. The league will work with all 2019 season ticket holders in transferring packages to 2020 packages.

2019 season ticket holders will also receive:

  • (2) Passes to any NGL team youth football camps set for this summer and fall.
  • A one-year pass to any NGL team Touchdown Club.
  • (2) Player passes to invite any professional player to any NGL team tryout.
  • (1) Free team t-shirt and hat.

Those seeking 2019 season ticket refunds will be fully refunded.

Original story:
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Our sister station in Henderson, Kentucky is reporting that the National Gridiron League will not play in 2019.

Fox 16 has contacted management with the Arkansas Twisters for confirmation but has not yet heard back.

The Twisters announced last fall that they were set to play in this league.

WEHT’s report:
It appears the Ford Center in Evansville will not host indoor football in 2019 as Eyewitness News confirms the National Gridiron League will not play this year.

There was a conference call Monday night where coaches were told a “change in ownership” is part of the reason for no football this spring. They hope to play in 2020.

It was announced last year that Evansville would have a team called the Indiana Firebirds and they would play downtown.

Officals with the Ford Center confirm there will be no football this spring but echoed the report that there are plans to play in 2020.

Sources told Eyewitness News Sports Director Randall Parmley in March that the Firebirds shortened their schedule to 12 games instead of the initially planned 16 games. The season opener was also expected to be May 4th.

Ford Center officials previously said they did have signed contracts for 8 home games.

The Firebirds’ players were also scheduled to report to training camp in mid-April.

Follow Randall on twitter for breaking updates we learn more about these developments.

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