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Football The local AF3 team will be called the Birmingham Vulcans
Birmingham Vulcans logo   11/07/2019

The city's entry in the proposed developmental indoor football league will be called the Birmingham Vulcans.

The Arena Football Developmental league team will play in the Bill Harris Arena.

The league also announced names for the other five teams; the East Ridge Reapers, Florida Firecats, Georgia Blaze, Rome Rage, and Tennessee Oilers.
     
     
The Birmingham Legion make the United Soccer League - Championship playoffs
Birmingham Legion logo   10/20/2019

Despite losing their final regular season game, the Birmingham Legion make the United Soccer League - Championship playoffs in their first year of existence.
     
     
Football Will Birmingham play in the Arena Football Developmental league?
Arena Football Developmental logo   10/13/2019

A new indoor football league plans to start play in April 2021, and Birmingham is one of the cities named for possible franchise placement.

The Arena Football Developmental league, referred to as the AF3, will most likely begin with cities located in the Southeast.

Other cities in Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee are also being considered.

The league's founder, Mike Zak, wants to make the AF3 the safest football league possible. This will be done by using soft-shell helmets instead of the traditional hard-shell helmets, and numerous blocking and tackling rules such as no tackles below mid-thigh.
     
     
Local sports legend Art Clarkson has died
10/07/2019

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Art Clarkson, one of the all-time giants of professional sports in Birmingham, died today at the age of 78.

Clarkson has done more to bring professional sports to Birmingham than anyone else. His genius was in the area of promotions, and he did it well.

His first brush with Birmingham was when he worked for the World Football League's Southern California Sun in 1974. In 1975, he moved over to the WFL's Memphis Southmen to work for John Bassett. In 1976, Bassett would move his World Hockey Association's Toronto Toros here where they became the Birmingham Bulls.

In 1981, Clarkson brought the Southern League's failing Montgomery Rebels to town. In a nod to our prior baseball history, he renamed the team the Birmingham Barons. During his time with the Barons, he was an instrumental force in having a new baseball park built in Hoover.

After selling the Barons in 1990, Clarkson switched his focus from baseball to hockey. In 1992, the East Coast Hockey League's Birmingham Bulls took the ice, named in honor of Bassett's hockey team from the 70's. After six years, he sold his ownership stake in the Bulls.

Once again switching sports, Clarkson moved from hockey to football, more precisely, indoor football. In 1999, Clarkson helped create an indoor football league that became the Arena Football League's developmental league, the af2. The Birmingham Steeldogs were inaugural members of that league but, unfortunately, Clarkson was an owner of the Huntsville Vipers, not the Steeldogs.

After working with an indoor football team in Green Bay, Clarkson felt it was time to retire and moved back to Birmingham.

But a outstanding promoter like Clarkson can't stay retired for long, and in 2016 he decided to bring the Bulls back to Birmingham. In 2017 his idea became reality, when the Southern Professional Hockey League's Birmingham Bulls took the ice. Before that first faceoff occurred, he was a major driving force in a multi-million dollar renovation of the Pelham ice arena.

Sadly, in May of this year Clarkson stepped down as managing partner of the Birmingham Bulls due to health issues.

On October 7, just 11 days from a new season, Art passed away quietly at his home.

Since this website is a historical look at Birmingham's professional sports teams, I have always tried to keep my personal opinions off these pages. However, Art Clarkson was a rare individual who tried to better this city, and to encourage athletes at all levels.

He will be sorely missed and we may never see another like him.

My thoughts and prayers go out to his wife, Kathy, and their children.
     
     
Football Will the CoFL's Alabama Hawks move to Birmingham?
NEW
ADDITION
FROM
1969
  09/07/2019

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In desperate need of new opportunities, more fans, and more money, the Huntsville-based Alabama Hawks play their final two home games in Birmingham's Fair Park stadium.

The Hawks were successful in both games on the field, but suffered their lowest attendance of the season in the stands.

The Hawks had joined the Continental Football League in 1968, moving from the Professional Football League of America.

The Continental Football League started in 1965.

Sadly, both the Hawks and the league folded after the 1969 season.
     
     
Football Will Birmingham play in the United Football Teams of America?
NEW
ADDITION
FROM
2003
  06/24/2019

Apparently in 2003 the founder of the United Football Teams of America was trying to resurrect the league for 2004 and Birmingham was listed as a potential city.

The original UFTA played a single season in 1982 before folding.

Plans for the new UFTA included 60 teams across the nation.

The new UFTA never made it beyond the planning stage.
     
     
Football Will Birmingham play in the Rookie Football League?
NEW
ADDITION
FROM
2003
  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
Birmingham Iron logo  
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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.
     
     
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!
     

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