Major League Football, a professional spring football league that hoped to kick off in April, canceled its season on Thursday. The league plans to use 2016 as a “developmental season” instead.
MLFB President Wes Chandler informed players in a letter that the league hopes to launch in 2017
“I understand this is a disappointment,” Chandler wrote in the letter. “And believe me, nobody at Major League Football is taking this decision lightly. We realize that many of you have made personal sacrifices to follow your dream … we are working diligently with our new investors to insure a successful 2017 football season.”
In a press release the league stated “MLFB management, coaches, player representatives and the League’s business partners agreed to use the current season to further develop players, plan for staffing in cities and provide ample time for ticketing agencies and the League’s broadcasting partner to advertise and market the League’s formal kick-off in 2017.”
The league, which aspires to become a developmental league for the NFL, completed a 70-player draft in February with plans for eight team to play an eight-game regular season. ASN had a two-year agreement to televise all of the league’s games.
In February, Asian Global Capital, Ltd. pledged a $100 million line of credit to MLFB and a $20 million equity purchase of MLFB common stock. Chandler did not say why the investors dropped out.
Chandler told ASN’s Doug Chapman in February that he sees the league as a place to “grow and develop” and expose players to NFL scouts — players like Trever Kruzel, a 24-year-old former Northern Michigan standout and MLFB draftee. He was recruited as a fullback, moved to H-back and eventually transitioned to defensive end befre becoming a long-snapper.
“I don’t know what they’d put me at (the next level) other than as a long-snapper,” he said. “I’m the kind of body type that can do a little but of everything. I’m not super-long, super-tall. I’m thick and quick enough to do a little bit of other stuff.”
Chandler’s letter to MLFB players:
Above: Wes Chandler courtesy MLFB