The Bloomington Edge and Western Michigan Ironmen franchise recently moved to the Indoor Football League from the Champions Indoor Football League.
The teams have been sued by its former league citing breach of contract. The franchise apparently committed to being a member of the CFL for 2018 and changed its mind. The IFL was pleased by the decision but the CIF was not.
The CIF officials appear to be worried that other teams might attempt too do the same thing and join rival leagues, thus ignoring league commitments. The league needed too take a tough stance with Bloomington and West Michigan to avoid this from happening. The integrity of the game is the main issue.
Leagues have to be able to trust teams. The other indoor leagues can be hit with the same raiding tactics that the CIF and it can have a devastating effect. Teams need to do whats best for their franchises.
There decisions need to be carefully thought out and once they are made they need to stick with them and make the most of them.
Last Edit: Jan 20, 2018 11:05:15 GMT -8 by Nevadanut: Updated Format
The staff has been talking about this in private. I get that the CIF has to try to save some face. I don't think in the long run that they will be successful. If they win, that could send the message. If they do not win, it will send another message entirely. That would be a message to teams that they could leave at any time without threat of repercussions.
Our CEO here Kasey is an attorney and she has summarized some of the general legal things in private. I don't know if she would like to elaborate on here, but it could be enlightening if she did.
Sometimes you feel like a nut, and sometimes you are one
Angi asked for my help in summarizing things in for her most recent blog entry. I was able to summarize some of the legal framework in a general sense, but we still don't know the specifics of the lawsuit itself.