New CPIFL League Approves Commissioner James Bain and New Executive Board
Earlier this week, we reported that the Sioux City Bandits formed a new indoor football league, called the Champions Professional Indoor Football League. While no formal announcement has been made other than the Bandits and a team from Kansas City committing to the CPIFL, it looks like the pieces are being put in place. The CPIFL last week met in Council Bluffs and they voted unanimously to appoint James Bain, as Commissioner. Bain accepted and officially began his duties on August 11.
Bain started as an intern with the Sioux Falls Storm in 2006. He then served as Director of Media and Public Relations for the Storm for two years. Bain left the Storm in the fall of 2008 and accepted the position of Assistant General Manager of the Wichita Wild. The Wild set franchise records for ticket sales and sponsorhip sales while Bain was there. Following the 2011 season, Bain left to attend law school at the University of Kansas.
The league Board of Directors also elected owners that will serve on the league's Executive Committee. Ethan Henson of the Mid-Missouri Outlaws, Jeremy Ploeger from Kansas City and John Blazek of the Wichita Wild were named to the Executive Committee, which will oversee the Commissioner and set the tone and direction for the league.
While no formal announcements have been made for additional teams at this time, it appears the makeup of this league will be as follows: Sioux City Bandits, Kansas City (name to be determined), Mid-Missouri Outlaws, Wichita Wild, Oklahoma Defenders. Other teams are also rumored to be joining or looking at the league and there could be more additions announced.
I am told a formal announcement should be coming in the next week.