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Todd Tryon on IFL’s current plans, lessons to learn

Indoor Football League Commissioner Todd Tryon had just gotten off of a conference call during the middle of weeks 1 and 2 of the 2020 season.

He was typing up the notes recapping the meeting during the NBA’s Jazz – Thunder game when the news started to break.

Rudy Gobert had tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, the NBA cancelled its season, and the rumors of the NHL doing the same came soon after – all in a matter of minutes.

It was a curve ball that the first-year commissioner had to adjust to.

“Our staff at that point was thinking, ‘We are going to play our games this weekend and re-convene on Monday,” Tryon said. “It’s crazy how the perspective was changing by the hour. That’s probably the most remarkable thing of everything going on.”

Tryon kept paying attention to the cancellations and held another conference call on Thursday.

It was then that the league decided it would postpone the rest of its games for the season, minus the pair of games scheduled for that weekend in California.

“Let’s get the games in that the arenas are allowing you to play this weekend, at that time,” Tryon said. “At that point we decided that we were going to postpone the season until further notice and kind of let this play out.”

So, the plan was to have Iowa and Oakland face off as well as Cedar Rapids and San Diego on the ensuing Saturday night.

As the weekend progressed, however, both games were cancelled and the IFL joined the other major leagues in America in putting a halt to the action.

“It’s kind of funny,” Tryon said. “As you look back at making these decisions, the most difficult ones to make (at the time) turned out to seem like pretty easy decisions. I was always following the path of what the NBA and NHL were doing. If they were going to play, we were going to play.”

That leaves IFL fans in the same boat as fans of the NBA and NHL, amongst nearly every sports league in the United States.

Tryon shined some light on what the current plans are for the indoor league.
Where does the IFL go from here?
The league, at the current moment, plans on playing its championship game during the August 22nd weekend at the latest.

It would allow the league – if they started up play on the weekend of May 15 – to still complete 17 weeks of a regular season with each team playing 14 games.

Unfortunately, the chances of having more than a four-team playoff go out the window, because of the condensing of the schedule, but Tryon identified the 22nd as the weekend they plan on playing the title game.

“That buys us about five more weeks (from now),” Tryon said. “Basically, I’ve reached out to all of the arenas and I’ve got the dates for July and August. (Then, we) can kind of build a schedule backwards. We’re at the mercy of the arenas. As soon as they deem it safe to play, we’re going to play.”

With each weekend past May 15 that this goes, it will trim the schedule even more.

If it goes through May 28, teams will play 12 games instead of 14 due to the lost time. So on and so forth.

If it goes far enough, Tryon said they will have no choice but to look at cancelling the entire season.

“I’m not speaking for the owners, but I’ve talked to enough of them that I feel like I can say this,” Tryon said. “If every team can’t get five home games and five away games in, then we’ve really go to look hard at potentially cancelling the season.”

Tryon did say, of course, that the league will resume when the arenas allow them to.

However, unlike the two planned games from week 2 that didn’t happen, the IFL is not likely to allow teams to compete without fans.

“It would be really tough to do that. Our industry is different than the NBA and the NHL,” Tryon said. “We rely on the season ticket holders, the sponsors… It would knock out a large revenue stream for us. Not only would we honor potential refunds, but we’d also have the expenses of playing the game, so that’d be a double-whammy there.”

Tryon said that he wasn’t saying, ‘No,’ but that it would be really tough for these teams to play without fans.

The only thing left to do is sit back, wait for this to pass, and learn some lessons along the way.

That’s a big part of what Tryon is focusing on now, and he summed it up with this:

“Any time you go through scenarios like this, there’s always lessons to learn,” Tryon said. “I’ve got three kids and I’m always trying to use moments to teach them lessons. The biggest thing in times like this is that you’ve got to take care of yourself. There’s never been a time where health and wellness was of more importance. This is a time to take care of yourself, to exercise, start eating right, respect and appreciating your elders, and doing all the small things we’re supposed to do anyway. My kids, at night, we call the grandparents every night. Tomorrow is never promised. I think that’s another thing that we’ve got to take advantage of the day we’re given, be excited about it, and help people.”

We’ll keep you updated as best as we can, as long as you take care of yourself.

Hopefully, we’ll be able to watch 14 games for each and every IFL team. Until then, we’ll wait.The post Todd Tryon on IFL’s current plans, lessons to learn appeared first on Last Word on Sports.


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The Deuce will debut in the IFL in 2020

This morning the Indoor Football League announced a slight change to the rules for the 2020 season. This year the IFL will introduce “The Deuce” as another way to score points.

As a refresher the National Arena League also uses the rule, and the basic premise is if the kickoff goes through the uprights the kicking team gets two points.
The Deuce will debut in the IFL in 2020
There are some changes in comparison to how the National Arena League uses their rule however.

The biggest of these being that the deuce only comes into play during the last 60 second of each half. The NAL, on the other hand, allows it through the entire game.

The breakdown of the rule has been added to the rule book and is below, verbatum:

1. On a free kick in the final 60 seconds of the half or game, if the kick passes through the uprights, a two (2) point “Deuce” is scored, and the ball will be spotted at the B 5 as the touchback spot.

2. If Team A fouls during the kick and the kick is good, the “Deuce” is not scored, and the ball is spotted at the 25-yard line. The kick will not be repeated.

3. If Team B fouls during the kick and the kick is good, the foul is declined by rule and the ball is spotted at the five (5) yard line. (Exception: UNR/UNS fouls will be enforced half the distance from the five (5) yard line.)

“We believe this rule will add additional excitement and strategy at the end of each half, but it’s limited to only the end of each half as to not affect the integrity of our game,” IFL Commissioner Todd Tryon said in a release. “We had some great conversations as to how to implement the Deuce and I think we all ultimately came to the best use of the new rule. I’m excited to see it play out this season.”

Players have already started sounding off on social media about the rule.

We’ll get our first look at how teams utilize this extra wrinkle to the rule book in the first game of the season two weeks from Saturday. Quad City and Cedar Rapids will open the year on March 7.The post The Deuce will debut in the IFL in 2020 appeared first on Last Word on Sports.


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IFL Commissioner Michael Allshouse Resigns, Todd Tryon to be next up

The Indoor Football League formally announced on Thursday that league commissioner Michael Allshouse has put in his official resignation after 10 years of service with the group.

The IFL released a statement on the matter saying that their search for a new commissioner had started, but according to our sources that search has already conclude.

The league is expected to announce soon that former owner of the Sioux Falls Storm, Todd Tryon, will be named the league’s next commissioner.
IFL Commissioner Michael Allshouse Resigns, Todd Tryon to be next up
It was first reported by “The IFL Network.”

The full statement sent out by the league can be viewed in full below:

The Indoor Football League (IFL) announced today that Commissioner Michael Allshouse has resigned to pursue other professional opportunities, effective immediately. The Board has begun a search for Allshouse’s successor.

“After ten years of service to the IFL it is the right time for me to step away from the organization,” said Allshouse. “I will look back fondly on my experience with the league, but it is time for me to explore other opportunities and challenges as I continue to grow professionally and personally.”

IFL Chairwoman Kathy Treankler stated, “The IFL Board of Directors is grateful for Mike’s years of service and leadership. Although we are sad to see him go, we fully support his decision and are thankful for his many accomplishments at the IFL. We wish him nothing but the best as he continues his professional career.”

Allshouse joined the IFL as an intern in 2009. He went on to serve in the roles of Director of Communications, Director of Football Operations, and Assistant Commissioner before being promoted to Commissioner in 2013.

“I have always prided myself on leaving a situation in a better position than when I arrived, and I believe we achieved that goal,” stated Allshouse.

The IFL is not yet finished announcing each of their expansion teams, so until that happens, the release of the 2020 schedule will be delayed. The schedule was announced last season in November.The post IFL Commissioner Michael Allshouse Resigns, Todd Tryon to be next up appeared first on Last Word on Sports.


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