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Football Will Birmingham play in the Rookie Football League?
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  06/18/2019

I happened to stumble upon a single reference on the web today about a proposed football league that I had never heard of before, and Birmingham was on the list to get a team.

The Rookie Football League was being planned in 2002-2004 for an inaugural season in 2005.

Eight teams were proposed, mostly in the Southeast, to one day become a developmental league for the National Football League.

Unfortunately, the RFL never made it past the dreaming stage.
     
     
The Birmingham Queens are now the Birmingham Legends
Birmingham Legends logo   04/2019

The Women's Basketball Development Association's Birmingham Queens has apparently been renamed the Birmingham Legends.

No reason was given for the change, and it is unclear if the team has the same ownership.

The Legends are scheduled to begin play in May.

The team's debut home game is slated for May 11th, although the venue has not been named.
     
     
Hockey puck Birmingham Bulls lose the SPHL Presidents Cup championship series
Birmingham Bulls logo   04/27/2019

The Birmingham Bulls lose the 2019 Southern Professional Hockey League's President Cup championship series.

The Huntsville Havoc are the 2019 Southern Professional Hockey League champions.

The Bulls were swept in the series, losing both games.

The first game was played in Birmingham and went into overtime before Huntsville pulled out the victory.
     
     
Hockey puck Birmingham Bulls advance to SPHL Presidents Cup championship series
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04/20/2019

With their second win over the Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs in a three game semifinal playoff, the Birmingham Bulls clinch a spot in the 2019 Southern Professional Hockey League's President Cup championship series.

The Bulls will face off against last year's champion, the Huntsville Havoc.

Each team will get a home game and a third game will be played in Birmingham if the series is tied after the first two games.

The Bulls advance to the championship series for the first time and in just their second year of existance.
     
     
Downtown facility to be named Protective Stadium
              Birmingham, Alabama seal   04/11/2019

BJCC and Protective Life Corporation announce a 15-year agreement for naming rights of Birmingham's and UAB's new multi-use outdoor stadium, which will now be called Protective Stadium.  The agreement is for $1 million per year.

“Whenever we can get the city and the county and UAB and the business community and important civic organizations like BJCC all pulling together in the same direction, and we can work together on a bi-partisan and a bi-racial basis, great things will happen,” said John Johns, executive chairman of Protective Life.

UAB head coach Bill Clark appreciates Legion Field, but this step will help grow his program. “Our city is just going to take off more with this. It’s been a long time coming. We’re excited.”

The site survey has been completed and stadium designs are being finalized. Underground utilities will soon be relocated so that foundation work can begin.

The stadium is still expected to be completed in 2021, just prior to the opening of the World Games in Birmingham. 
  
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Football The Alliance of American Football suspend operations
Alliance of American Football logo   04/02/2019

Tom Dundon, the AAF's major investor and chairman of the league's board, has decided to suspend all league operations effective immediately.

The Alliance of American Football had just two weeks remaining in their regular season.

From all reports, Dundon is alone in his desire to suspend operations, and others in management will be working to secure funding for a second season.
     
     
Football Could the Alliance of American Football fold after only seven weeks?
Alliance of American Football logo   03/27/2019

Tom Dundon, the AAF's major investor and chairman of the league's board, says that if the National Football League doesn't give them access to their young players, the Alliance of American Football could fold before the season ends.

Obtaining an agreement with the NFL Players Association is the main roadblock.

"If the players union is not going to give us young players, we can't be a development league. We are looking at our options, one of which is discontinuing the league."
     
     
Football Alliance of American Football changes championship game venue
Alliance of American Football logo   03/20/2019

The Alliance of American Football announces that "The Alliance Championship" game will not be played in Las Vegas.

The league's title game is now scheduled to be played in the Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas.

The 12,000 seat facility is owned and operated by Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.
     
     
Downtown stadium's construction start date pushed back
              Birmingham, Alabama seal   03/12/2019

BJCC officials say the construction start date for the new downtown open air stadium has been pushed back to late summer or early fall 2019. No specific reason was given, but officials say other parts of the project are progressing.

“The design phase is moving forward at a very rapid pace, and is keeping with our expectations. We will know more regarding future milestones as the design phase progresses,” said Tad Snider, executive director & chief executive officer at Birmingham Jefferson Civic Center Authority.

An $18,700 survey of the site is currently under way.

Populous, an international architectural firm based on Missouri, won the bid to design the stadium. The design is expected to cost just over $10,000,000.

The city hopes the stadium will be complete before the World Games, which are set to begin in Birmingham on July 15, 2021.
  
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Football Alliance of American Football gains new major investor
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02/18/2019

Tom Dundon, owner of the National Hockey League's Carolina Hurricanes, has just invested $250 million in the Alliance of American Football.

Reports have also surfaced that the league may have missed a payday if Dundon had not invested when he did.

It is unclear if Dundon is now the primary owner of the league but he will become the AAF's new chairman of the board.

"As a lifelong sports fan and entrepreneur, I’ve always valued the opportunities generated in the ecosystem of sports and entertainment. I’m impressed with The Alliance’s stunning growth in-stadium and across TV, mobile, and social media in just these first few weeks," Dundon said.
     
     
Ground broken on proposed downtown open air stadium
              Birmingham, Alabama seal   12/13/2018

Ground was broken today on the $175 million open air stadium located near the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex. Representatives from various governments, groups, and individuals took part in the ceremony.

The new stadium is a major part of the upgrades that will be made to the BJCC, including Legacy Arena. No announcement has been made on stadium naming rights.

The stadium will seat between 45,000 and 55,000 and will be home to the Alliance of American Football's Birmingham Iron and the UAB Blazers.

Although a general contractor hasn't been named, the stadium is expected to be completed in time for the 2021 World Games.

The BJCC also provided updated design photographs for the stadium.
  
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Football Will the Birmingham Kings play in the Freedom Football League?
Freedom Football League logo   12/06/2018

It was announced today that a coalition of over 50 former National Football League players have come together to form a new professional football league, named the Freedom Football League.

The FFL will play in the spring and is targeting 10 cities for inaugural franchises. The Birmingham Kings were one of the teams named.

No start date was given in the announcement.
     
     
Will the Birmingham Queens play in the Women's Basketball Development Association?
Birmingham Queens logo   11/23/2018

The Women's Blue-Chip Basketball League has been purchased and rebranded as the Women's Basketball Development Association.

The new league will include a new local franchise, the Birmingham Queens.

The league is scheduled to being play in late April or early May of 2019.
     
     
Birmingham will join the NBA G League in 2021 or 2022
                        NBA G League logo   10/24/2018

At a press conference, the National Basketball Association's New Orleans Pelicans formally announce that they are placing a new NBA G League team in Birmingham.

However, due to renovations planned for the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex, the team will most likely play one or two seasons in Erie, Pennsylvania before moving to Birmingham.
     
     
Football Alliance of American Football team to be named Birmingham Iron
Birmingham Iron logo   09/20/2018

The Alliance of American Football announce the names for four of the eight teams.

The local team will be called the Birmingham Iron.

Colors were also announced and the Iron's will be black, steel grey, silver, and white.

The other names released today are Atlanta Legends, Memphis Express, and Orlando Apollos.
     
     
What's in a name?
What's In A Name?   For the teams that suited up and played, you're probably well aware of their team names.

But what about the teams that were proposed but never played any games?

Do you think you know all their names?

You might remember some of them, but I'll bet there are a few you've never heard before.

Click here to check out my page dedicated to all the team names and find out just how good your memory really is!
     
 
Birmingham Legion name Tom Soehn as head coach
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08/16/2018

The Birmingham Legion name Tom Soehn, 52, as head coach. He most recently served as a scout for the Columbus Crew, after spending four years as an assistant coach and interim head coach with the New England Revolution.

Soehn won a MLS Cup as an assistant coach before claiming a U.S. Open Cup championship as head coach. As an MLS player, Soehn won his first U.S. Open Cup with Dallas and then two more Open Cups and an MLS Cup in three years playing for Chicago.

Soehn has played in numerous leagues; Major League Soccer, Major Indoor Soccer League, Canadian Soccer League, American Professional Soccer League, National Professional Soccer League, and Continental Indoor Soccer League.
     
 
Will the Birmingham Magicians play in the Southern Basketball Association?
Birmingham Magicians logo  
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07/05/2018

The Southern Basketball Association is announced by league commissioner Randy R. Lyons, a local businessman.

The city was one of eight named as inaugural franchises.

The league's website indicates that the Birmingham Magicians will play home games in Bill Harris Arena.

Tipoff is planned for May 2020.
     

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