Riggs Thinks IFL Needs To Be More Fan Friendly
Spokane's Departure Putting League In Tough Spot
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The Indoor Football League will look a lot different next year with Spokane officially leaving and as many as three others possibly following.
Sioux Falls Storm head coach Kurtiss Riggs says the league’s survival may depend more on improving the product on the field rather than adding more teams.
As of now the IFL is down to nine teams. That’s a number which could shrink to seven or six in the coming days if some other teams leave as rumored. Expansion will no doubt be discussed, but Riggs thinks the league needs to evaluate the game itself. Changes this year were widely approved, and in an era when many indoor football leagues are struggling with attendance, the IFL needs to be progressive.
These problems are no stranger to other indoor or arena leagues. The Arena Football League, whom Spokane left to join the IFL two years ago, has struggled and is down to just five teams. If the IFL folded the Storm would look to join another league. The closest is the Champions Indoor League which features several former IFL rivals like Sioux City.