Home Regional Football League logo Wikipedia (RFL)

Will Birmingham join the Regional Football League?


July 1, 1999
Leon Fulton, owner of the New Orleans Thunder of the Regional Football League, said he wants to relocate his struggling franchise to Birmingham. After losing more than $1 million this season, Fulton claims Birmingham is his top choice.

      New Orleans Thunder logo
   
The RFL is a six team spring developmental league and has lost more than $6 million during its inaugural season. The Mobile Admirals recently won the league's first championship.

"I'm definitely exploring the option of moving to Birmingham. I hope to meet with the mayor, with the city council and chamber of commerce to see their interest," Fulton said.

However, Fulton has already met with officials in San Antonio, another city he is considering as a site for his team. "I'm definitely moving the team. San Antonio is a possibility, but I have some significant reasons for wanting to move to Birmingham. I have a home in Atlanta and it would work out good for me. Plus, the economics of it, I think, will work."

Fulton said he is not concerned that Birmingham will field a team next spring in the indoor Xtreme Football League. "We've not even heard of it." The XFL, which will begin play next April, has a schedule that runs concurrent to the RFL season. "To me, that's a pipe dream. Being a naturalist, I believe the people in Birmingham are like the people in New Orleans in that they like real football. There's a place for it, but it wouldn't bother me one iota for there to be an indoor team in Birmingham."

April 1999

1999                          
Regional Football League                          
xx   xx   xx   xx   xx   xx
  Houston Outlaws logo   Mississippi Pride logo   Mobile Admirals logo   New Orleans Thunder logo   Shreveport-Bossier Knights logo  
  Houston Outlaws   Mississippi Pride   Mobile Admirals
Champion
  New Orleans Thunder   Shreveport-Bossier Knights  
                     
  Ohio Cannon logo                  
  Ohio Cannon                  
                     

Epilogue
The Regional Football League was formed to be the "major league of spring football."

The RFL's only season was cut short from 14 regular season games to eight, due presumably to lack of capital. On June 6th, 1999 the Mobile Admirals defeated the Houston Outlaws 14-12 for the make-shift championship.

Despite efforts to resume play for a second season, the league ultimately folded. The main worry investors had was the upcoming XFL, a creation of the World Wrestling Federation and NBC.
 
Regional Football League logo
 
 
 
Contact Gene Crowley
Last update: August 10, 2019