"But the more I looked at it, it just didn't make financial sense," said Swashbucklers President Thom Hager.
got busy and formed a new league for his
team, the SIFL
, which will be much more regional in nature and reduce its regular-season schedule from 14 to 12 games.
It will also include a team from Lafayette.
Along with the Swashbucklers
and the Lafayette-based team â€" the Mudbugs â€" the first season of the SIFL
will also include teams, some as yet unnamed, in Austin, Texas (Turfcats), Pasadena (Texas Titans), Houston (focusing on the western side of the city), Galveston, Texas, and Houma.
said it's possible that two other teams could be finalized by the Dec. 1 deadline for the first season.
If not, the Swashbucklers' 12-game schedule would include home-and-home series with each of the other six teams.
The league plans to begin its season in April, Hager
The league's plan is to expand for the 2010 season, with the likelihood of teams in: Waco, Texas; Pensacola, Fla.; Tallahassee, Fla.; Tampa, Fla.; Lakeland, Fla.; and Birmingham, Ala. Beaumont, Texas, is also a possibility.
Under that scenario, the league would then split into two divisions, Hager
was most excited about having the Lafayette Mudbugs, which will play in Blackham Coliseum.
"We've always wanted to play Lafayette," said Hager
, who faced the problem that Lafayette had no indoor team.
, in contrast, will involve no air travel and relatively short bus rides â€" with an added bonus, according to Hager
"Now, instead of taking one bus, we're going to lease two or three busses and take our fans with us," he