(LAS VEGAS, Nevada – Friday, December 20) Legends Football League USA (or ‘LFL USA’) officials have announced temporary suspension of play in Philadelphia and Minnesota. Both the Passion and Valkyrie franchises will not be competing in the upcoming 2014 season of LFL USA.
The Philadelphia Passion, a franchise that has dated back to the LFL’s inaugural season of 2009 is expected to return in 2015 under new leadership and culture. Minnesota Valkyrie will not return due to LFL USA’s new stadium business model structure, with another arena deal the franchise could return as early as 2016.
“Its an unfortunate circumstance but one that every new sports franchise has to deal with, the idea of expansion into the right markets while pulling back from markets where the ideal situation does not exist. We look forward to returning to both markets as the LFL USA brand grows in the coming years”, said Mitchell Mortaza, LFL Global, Chairman.
LFL USA’s renewed focus will be more toward building traditions around existing franchises to insure their success on and off the field. Several new programs will be announced in 2014 to better support each of the LFL USA clubs including establishing more intra-conference play, establishing rivalries while developing passionate fan bases.
In 2015, the LFL is expected to look at placement into New England, Bay Area and/or Dallas. While the priority will be around existing franchises future expansion will remain part of the business strategy for LFL USA.
LFL USA is expected to reach a maximum of (26) twenty-six franchises throughout the US by 2020 and possibly roll into a North America league that will include Canada, USA and Mexico.