Ed Watkins announces that Birmingham is one of
fourteen charter member franchises of the Minor
League Football System. Representatives from all
fourteen teams have just completed two days of
meetings where they were discussing logistics
and other plans for their inaugural season.
Watkins is one of the founders of the MLFS,
which is scheduled to begin play August 1, 1989.
Players will not be paid initially, but
organizers believe the league's growth potential
will allow salaries to be given within a few
Seventeen teams are planned, but to date only
fourteen have been organized. In addition to
Birmingham, the other franchises will be based
in Seattle, West Palm Beach (FL), Hayward (CA),
Fairfax (VA), Portland (OR), Wilmington (NC),
Raleigh, Colorado Springs, Omaha, Tulsa,
Scranton (PA), Lowell (MA) and one Canadian team
which will be based in Ottawa. Teams will be
split into West Coast, Midwest and East Coast
divisions. Each franchise has paid a $10,000
league entry fee and $2,000 to attend the
initial league meetings.