On August 10, 2012 representatives from six cities began meeting in Council Bluffs, IA and convened the first owners meeting of the Champions Professional Indoor Football League. All six teams were approved for membership which included Sioux City, Lincoln, Wichita, Oklahoma, Kansas City, and Mid-Missouri. The next day the meetings concluded with James Bain being elected as the league’s first Commissioner.
On September 25, 2012 team owners voted unanimously to approve four additional teams for membership in the league. The four additions were Omaha, Salina, Kansas, and Bloomington.
The inaugural game in CPIFL history was played on March 9, 2013 with Wichita traveling to Tulsa to play against the Oklahoma Defenders. Wichita won the game by a score of 70-26. Wichita would finish the regular season with a 10-2 record. Sioux City and Omaha also finished with 10-2 records. Salina rounded out the playoffs with a record of 9-3. Salina QB Dane Simoneau was named league MVP.
Both playoff semifinals were down to the wire with Sioux City missing a game tying field goal at home vs. Salina. The Bombers defeated the Bandits 29-26. In Omaha, Wichita defeated the Beef by a score of 31-25. Wichita hosted Salina in the inaugural Champions Bowl on June 22. The Wild defeated the Bombers 47-34. Wild QB Rocky Hinds was named Champions Bowl I MVP.
About the LSFL
Now entering it's 3rd seaon the Lone Star Football League has seen the Amarillo Venom step to the forefront claiming the League Championship in 2012 & 13. This year the LSFL welcome's 2 new franchise's into the fold: Rio Grande Valley SOL and the West Texas Wildcatters.
In the inaugural season the LSFL stretched from the Texas Panhandle to West Texas and down to the Rio Grande Valley. 2013 saw the Corpus Christi Hammerheads and Rio Grande Valley Magic be replaced by the San Angelo Bandits and New Mexico Stars. As we head into the 2014 season the SOL & Wildcatters come on board while Laredo has left, the one constant for the LSFL has been an unending commitment to putting a family friendly product on the field and in the community.
We are focusing on building a successful league the right way, and it will be a league consisting of great organizations. ” stated LSFL Commissioner Darlene Jones.
To provide affordable family sports entertainment to communities across Texas. To provide opportunities for young men to showcase their talents to the next level and reach the youth through various youth programs. To support community involvement and charitable organizations. To make sure we as a league provide the tools needed for teams to be successful.