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02 Nov 2005

Indoor Football Team on eBay

The owners of the Ohio Valley Greyhounds, a member of the United Indoor Football Association, have put their team up for bid on eBay. The opening bid is $100,000. The principal owner says he's lost about $35,000 on the team. If anyone knows anything about indoor football (as opposed to Arena Football), I'd love to hear about it in comments.

Posted by: Michael David Smith on 02 Nov 2005

10 comments, Last at 05 Nov 2005, 10:44am by Catholic Samurai

Comments

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by B (not verified) :: Wed, 11/02/2005 - 6:33pm

I had to check and see if it was the Saints.

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by Tim Gerheim :: Wed, 11/02/2005 - 6:53pm

It's hard to imagine that anyone who would actually be seriously interested in running the team (as opposed to, say, a Glazer taking it as a hobby) would be willing to spend upwards of $100k on the owner's promise that it's a good deal.

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by Craig B (not verified) :: Wed, 11/02/2005 - 6:54pm

There is a team here in Dayton called the Warbirds that is part of the National Indoor Football Association (NIFA as opposed to the above UIFA). I heard rumors that they didn't make enough money to cover the players' salaries so the Greyhounds aren't the only indoor football team with problems.

I never went to one of their games so I don't really know anything about the leagues.

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by Trogdor (not verified) :: Wed, 11/02/2005 - 6:59pm

Wow, there's an indoor football team in Dayton. I hadn't heard a word about them since moving here. If only they had a schedule or ticket info posted on their site I might have to look into it. Alas, I'll have forgotten about them long before that time comes, methinks.

Not wanting to read the whole rulebook, I just looked at some photos, and it appears to be regular 11-on-11, maybe. Not sure how long/wide the field is though, or if there are any funky rules.

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by walter (not verified) :: Wed, 11/02/2005 - 8:06pm

"Not wanting to read the whole rulebook, I just looked at some photos, and it appears to be regular 11-on-11, maybe. Not sure how long/wide the field is though, or if there are any funky rules."
You didn't look very hard, the rules link is full of bite sized info like:
Field is 50 yards by 28 yards
8 players per team on the field, 21 man active rosters
No punting allowed
Only one blitzer allowed

Apparently it's just more high scoring terrible football with no defense.

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by Theo (not verified) :: Wed, 11/02/2005 - 9:07pm

Aaron! This is your time!!
You just have to DVOA all the indoor teams and you got the formula for winning in that league!
Just what you do turned into play-for-real.
What's the bank account? I'll contribute big time. Contact me.

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by Craig B (not verified) :: Wed, 11/02/2005 - 9:24pm

Re: #4

Trogdor, the Warbirds play at the Nutter Center. Last year was their first year, so that might explain why you never heard of them. I doubt many people have.

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by Catholic Samurai (not verified) :: Thu, 11/03/2005 - 11:35am

RE #3:

Is there is a UFIA league?

Sorry, couldn't resist.

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by BillT (not verified) :: Thu, 11/03/2005 - 12:33pm

re 8:

There's a Vikings joke to go along with that comment in here somewhere, but I just can't quite put my, uh, finger on it.

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by Catholic Samurai (not verified) :: Sat, 11/05/2005 - 10:44am

RE #9:

Or IN it, for that matter!