BREAKING: Cedar Rapids re-brands as River Kings Sept 22, 2018 10:02:49 GMT -8 DiamondThief likes this
Post by Nevadanut on Sept 22, 2018 10:02:49 GMT -8
CEDAR RAPIDS, IA - The re-brand for the Cedar Rapids Indoor Football League is done. Say hello to the River Kings.
Following a period of fan submissions, the team announced today that it will now go by the moniker of River Kings beginning in the 2019 season. The announcement came on the team's Facebook and Twitter pages this morning.
Cedar Rapids will enter its eighth season in the IFL, and the first under new owners Roy Choi and Matt Stone, who purchased the team in June from previous owner Chris Kokalis. Former Spokane Shock/Empire general manager Ryan Eucker was hired in August to fill the same capacity in Cedar Rapids. Shortly thereafter, the team announced that it would go through a re-branding process.
The new colors and logo will be released in the coming weeks. That reveal is planned for mid-October.
The naming came about as a result of a fan contest to re-name the team. Submissions were collected for about three weeks, with a final round conducted over the past week. Jennifer Hadenfeldt submitted the entry of River Kings. She will receive a team prize pack of an authentic 2019 jersey, four logo t-shirts, four logo hats and four lower level sideline season tickets. She also will be awarded an opportunity to accompany the team for a road game during the season.
“We were blown away by the number of unique submissions and the passion for our team that fans exhibited during the process,” River Kings General Manager Ryan Eucker in a press release on the team's official website. “With the initial group of finalists, we received a lot of feedback and eagerness from even more fans to participate so opened the Wild Card Round, which ultimately allowed us to hone in on a name with great connections to the community.”
As the Titans last season, Cedar Rapids went 3-11 on the season, which put them just a game out of the playoffs. In fact, a win over the Nebraska Danger would have secured them the fourth and final playoff spot in the IFL. The Iowa Barnstormers won the United Bowl, 41-38, over the defending champion Arizona Rattlers.
“It checks all the boxes of what I think is important in a team name,” IFL Commissioner Mike Allhouse said in the press release. “You have the local tie-in, it’s unique, and I think it sets them up for a great logo concept that I’m looking forward to seeing unveiled in the coming weeks.”
The River Kings are one of five returning IFL franchises from the 2016 season. The Barnstormers, Rattlers, Green Bay Blizzard, Nebraska Danger and Sioux Falls Storm also return. The team also will have a pair of new additions in the expansion Tucson Sugar Skulls and the Quad City Steamwheelers, which made the jump from Champions Indoor Football earlier this month. There remains a possibility that more team additions to the IFL may be announced.
The Tucson franchise announced its name, logo and color scheme on September 20.
The IFL will enter its eleventh season in 2019.
Note: This article will be updated as more information becomes available.
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