Letter of credit holding up Freedom's lease
12/24/02 Fort Wayne Journal Gazette
The parties involved insist the Fort Wayne Freedom will begin its inaugural season in March at Memorial Coliseum

Football dreams
12/22/02 Enid News and Eagle
The Oklahoma Crude held its second tryout session on Saturday afternoon at the Chisholm Trail Expo Center with athletes from across the nation in attendance

Red Dogs sign three players
12/19/02 Rapid City Journal
The Rapid City Red Dogs singed three more proven players Tuesday morning: wide receiver Zebidiah Campbell, defensive lineman Travis White, and quarterback Ryan Corder.

Diesel return five for next season
12/19/02 Kearney Cyberhub
The Tri-City Diesel is beginning to piece together its squad for the upcoming National Indoor Football League season.

Five more sign with Red Dogs
12/14/02 Rapid City
RAPID CITY - Five quality players signed with the Rapid City Red Dogs Thursday morning, said the team's public relations man Nick Draine, who added that the coaching staff is excited with the big improvement in off-season personnel.

Outlaws sign ex-Rocky star Bob Bees
12/14/02 Billings Gazette
A sturdy right arm and a powerful set of legs were added to the Billings Outlaws' football arsenal on Friday afternoon

Even Stephens
12/14/02 Enid News and Eagle
Crude promotes assistant to head coach

Lexington Horsemen will hold tryouts on Saturday
12/13/02 Lexington Herald Leader
The Lexington Horsemen will hold their first open tryouts Saturday

Horsemen add Sphire as assistant
12/12/02 Lexington Herald Leader
Bob Sphire is a self-described football junkie who gets his fix by coaching Lexington Catholic and working summer camps across the nation

Lexington begins tryouts for first team
12/12/02 Lexington Herald Leader
The Lexington Horsemen will hold their first open tryouts today.

Drillers Sign 3 receivers
12/11/02 The Beaumont Enterprise
The Beaumont Drillers have players.
Drillers general manager Steve Reap on Tuesday announced the signing of the team’s first three players, all receivers and two with ties to Southeast Texas

Drillers sign former Lincoln receiving duo
12/11/02 Port Arthur News
BEAUMONT -- A pair of former Lincoln High School standouts who played in the NFL were among three player signings announced Tuesday by general manager Steve Reap of the Beaumont Drillers

South Side grad Reese signs 1st Freedom contract
12/11/02 Fort Wayne Journal Gazette
It was pretty clear to Fort Wayne Freedom coach Rich Huff where the talent was when the team held two open tryouts in October and November

Ex-Husker Munford hired as head coach of Capitols
12/10/02 Lincoln Journal Star
Marc Munford regards it as another step up the coaching ladder.
After serving as defensive coordinator for the Lincoln Capitols last season, the 37-year-old Munford on Monday was named head coach of the second-year National Indoor Football League franchise

QB first to sign with Crude
12/10/02 Enid News & Eagle
Howdeshell sharp in tryouts Sunday.
It didn't take long for the Oklahoma Crude to sign their first player for the 2003 season.

Thunder Collins works out with Beef
12/09/02 Omaha World Herald
Thunder Collins hasn't given up on his football career.
The former Nebraska I-back has been working out regularly and "looked phenomenal" at an Omaha Beef workout Saturday morning, Beef executive Damon Benning said

Bayou Bucks shuffle coaching staff
12/06/02 Houma Courier
The Houma Bayou Bucks won’t open the 2003 season until March 22. But seeing the smiles on the faces of coach Jack Phillips Jr. and general manager Travis Carroll and hearing the excitement in their voices, you may have thought opening night was less than a week away

Fans line up for Crude entertainment
11/28/02 Enid News & Eagle
One of the biggest baseball fans in Enid was first in line Tuesday to buy season tickets for the Oklahoma Crude

New Sensations LLC takes reigns of Enid's NIFL football franchise.
11/27/02 Enid News & Eagle
New Sensations LLC, an affiliate of JL Marketing Group of Enid, announced Tuesday the acquisition of the Oklahoma Crude at a press conference at the Chisholm Trail Expo Center

RiverHawks open '03 with '02 champion Ohio Valley
11/27/02 Knoxville News-Sentinel
Instead of opening their season with a so-called cupcake, the Tennessee RiverHawks have apparently decided to start with the main course.

Pigskin Hopefuls
11/25/02 Beaumont Enterprise
Tommy Clark hadn't slept in more 29 hours and was coming straight off the nightshift at his job as a boilermaker, but that didn't stop him from showing up early Saturday to try out for the Beaumont Drillers

Something to shout about
11/24/02 Evansville Courier and Press
Cheerleading hopefuls try out for Bluecats' squad

Crude back in business
11/24/02 Enid News and Eagle
Press conference slated for Tuesday to announce new ownership of team

Bandits sign former NFL player Ottis
11/21/02 Sioux City Journal
When Sioux City Bandits football coach Carl Reinhardt heard there was a former National Football Leaguer living in northeast Nebraska, he was quick to make a call

Bluecats begin building their indoor pro team with hometown talent Williams
11/17/02 Evansville Copurier & Press
Welcome home, Levron Williams. The former Bosse High School and Indiana University star running back is the first signee of Evansville's new professional indoor football team, the Bluecats.

Lincoln's schedule announced
11/15/02 Lincoln Star Journal
The Lincoln Capitols will open the 2003 season March 21 with a road game against the expansion Show Me (Mo.) Believers

Shorter trips for Night Train
11/15/01 LaCrosse Tribune
La Crosse Night Train coach Mike Brown looked at buses Thursday afternoon. He kicked tires, reclined seats, looked for cup holders, smiled the entire time. It's a rough job

Believers tryouts are set:
11/15/02 St Louis Post Dispatch
The Show Me Believers of the National Indoor Football League will hold a tryout combine Saturday at Family Arena in St. Charles

Stingrays' head man brings lengthy resume
11/14/02 Myrtle Beach Sun News
Former Charleston Swamp Foxes head coach Jimmy Dunn has been named the head coach of the Myrtle Beach Stingrays, the team announced on Wednesday

Opportunity knocks
11/12/02.The Beaumont Enterprise
BEAUMONT - With just four months remaining before the March 15 season opener, the new Beaumont Drillers indoor football team is preparing to introduce the sport to Southeast Texas.

Fire Dogs may be endangered species
11/08/02 Biloxi Sun Herald
Coast's indoor football team could take 2003 season off
With an ownership change currently under way, the Mississippi Fire Dogs have planned to take a year off from the National Indoor Football League, according to sources close to the team

The NIFL's Kurt Warner Story, St Michael
11/08/02 reprinted from espnmag
The beer distributor that Michael Lewis used to work for is only two doors down from his new employer.

Beaumont area football team gets mascots and head coach.
11/08/02 Beaumont Enterprise
BEAUMONT - From its name to its coaching staff, the new Beaumont Drillers indoor football team will reflect its new home, team officials said Wednesday.

NIFL has 24 teams; RiverHawks in East
11/07/02 Knoxville News-Sentinel
The National Indoor Football League will have 24 teams this season, including five expansion teams

Riders get variety in 2003 schedule
11/07/02 Bismarck Tribune
If variety is the spice of life, then fans of the Bismarck Roughriders should like the 2003 schedule the team released on Wednesday

Believers set tryouts
11/06/02 St Louis Today
The Show Me Believers of the National Indoor Football League will open their 2003 season at home on March 21, against the Lincoln Capitols at Family Arena

Horsemen's debut to come at Rupp
11/06/02 Lexington Herald Leader
The Lexington Horseman will open their 14-game inaugural season on March 29 against the Lake Charles (La.) LandSharks in Rupp Arena

BlueCats' head coach doesn't lack for confidence, says his team can win it all
11/06/02 Evansville Courier & Press
Mike Arnold had a three-year plan in mind when he helped put together the Evansville Bluecats.

Freedom kicks off 1st season at home
11/06/02 Ft Wayne Journal Gazette
The Fort Wayne Freedom will begin its inaugural season in friendly territory

Bluecats coach will speak at Quarterback Club meeting
11/04/02 Evansville Courier and Press
Avery Atadero, the head coach of the new Evansville Bluecats professional indoor football team, will speak to the Evansville Downtown Quarterback Club at its Monday meeting

Beef Coach Sanders sees all the fixings for a title
10/29/02 Omaha World Herald
Collins Sanders' first press conference as head coach of the Omaha Beef did not last long, but the message was clear.

Buda is out, Sanders in as head coach of Beef
10/28/02 Omaha World Herald
Sandy Buda won 33 games in three seasons as the head coach for the Omaha Beef. He led the Beef to the playoffs in each of the indoor football franchise's first three seasons.


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Press Releases

Strength and conditioning coach added to Night Train staff
12/26/02 Night Train Press Release
The La Crosse Night Train of the National Indoor Football League has added the services of Matt Stimac, a certified strength and conditioning specialist.

Storm signs All Star Poppinga
12/22/02 Storm Press Release
The Sioux Falls Storm of the National Indoor Football League (NIFL) is pleased to announce that they have re-signed All-Star defensive back Shannon Poppinga.

Storm signs All Stars Perkins and Walker
12/21/02 Storm Press Release
The Sioux Falls Storm of the National Indoor Football League (NIFL) is pleased to announce that they have re-signed defensive back Bobby Perkins and wide receiver Corey Walker,

Night Train online gets new look
12/10/02 Night Train Press Releas
The La Crosse Night Train of the National Indoor Football League has given itself yet another face lift.

Warriors to do battle at the E Center
12/18/02 Warriors Press Release
Warriors are storming into Utah. However, these warriors do not throw spears, they throw spirals.

Storm signs MVP linebacker, Hilsenroth
12/18/02 Storm Press Release
The Sioux Falls Storm of the National Indoor Football League (NIFL) is pleased to announce that they have re-signed the Northern Division’s defensive MVP and NIFL’s leading tackler Don Hilsenroth to a one-year contract.

Warriors announce first tryout
12/17/02 Warriors Press Release
The Utah Warriors, Utah’s only professional football team announces their open tryouts for the 2003 season

Diesel announce 2003 signees
12/17/02 Diesel Press Release
The Tri-City Diesel Front Office reported today that they are proud to announce the signing of five players from the 2002 squad along with three new faces.

Storm re-signs coaching staff
12/17/02 Storm Press Release
The Sioux Falls Storm of the National Indoor Football League (NIFL) is pleased to officially announce the re-signing of head coach Mike Aldrich, along with the rest of the coaching staff.

RiverHawks building team for inaugural season
12/16/02 RiverHawks Press Release
The Tennessee RiverHawks are building the Indoor Football team that will represent Knoxville in the 2003 National Indoor Football League season.

Hounds hire new manager
12/12/03 Greyhounds Press Release
The 2002 NIFL National Champion Ohio Valley Greyhounds are pleased to announce the hiring of a new equipment manager for the 2003 season.

RiverHawks want to save little hearts
12/11/02 RiverHawks Press Release
On Thursday, December 12, Tennessee RiverHawks players, and the LadyHawks dance team will visit a Christmas party for Saving Little Hearts

Justice announce tryouts
12/10/02 Capitols Press Release
The Lincoln Capitols and the Justice Dance Team announced today there will be a dance tryout Sunday, January 19th

Beef add to 2003 list
12/10/02 Beef Press Release
The Omaha Beef announced today the resigning of Josh McIntyre and Herman Gordon.  New players added to the roster are Pinklon Thomas III and Chace Long.

Crude announce next tryout and QB signing
12/10/02 RiverHawks Press Release
The next tryout is December 21, 2002 at the Chisholm Trail Expo Center, 111 West Purdue, Enid, Oklahoma.

LadyHawks search for additional talent
12/10/02 RiverHawks Press Release
The Tennessee LadyHawks, professional dance team for Tennessee RiverHawks Indoor Professional Football, will hold a second tryout

UW-Eau Claire, AF2 standout join LaCrosse Night Train
12/10/02 Night Train Press Release
Former UW-Eau Claire and Peoria Pirate (AF2) quarterback Sean Hoolihan has signed a 2003 player contract with the La Crosse Night Train

Second FireAnts open tryout date set
12/10/02 FireAnts Press Release
The Tupelo FireAnts, members of the National Indoor Football League, will conduct open tryouts on Saturday, December 21st starting at 1:00pm at Robbins Field in Tupelo.

Drillers ink former NFL players
12/09/02 Drillers Press Release
Drillers’ General Manager, Steve Reap announced today that Shock Davis, Pat Palmer and T. J. Sutherland, all former NFL wide receivers have signed with the Drillers for the upcoming 2003 season.

RiverHawks search for new talent
12/09/02 RiverHawks Press Release
KNOXVILLE, TN-  The Tennessee RiverHawks, Knoxville’s new indoor football team, are holding tryouts for the 2003 squad.

Beef resign 3, add 1
12/09/02 Beef Press Release
The Omaha Beef today announced the return Deondre Jones, Randy Rouse & Dan Potmesil and the addition of Tyrone Tyler

Horsemen mascot to make debut Saturday
12/05/02 Horsemen Press Release
First public appearance will be in Lexington Christmas parade

Browns announce roster moves
12/05/02 Beef Press Release (courtesy Cleveland Browns)
The Cleveland Browns have waived DE Tramaine Bingham from the practice squad and have signed OL Chad Mustard to the practice squad, the club announced today.

Outlaws resign three
12/04/02 Outlaws Press Release
The Billings Outlaws are pleased and excited to announce 3 more player signings, all veteran players from the 2002 team that won the pacific Conference championship.

Dance Attitude partnership and Prime Dancer tryout
12/03/02 Beef Press Release
Omaha Beef Football is pleased to announce a corporate partnership with Dance Attitude dance studio for the coaching, choreography and coordination of the Prime Dancers and the Rump Roasters for the 2003 season.

Storm to hold tryouts
12/03/02 Storm Press Release
The Sioux Falls Storm of the National Indoor Football League is pleased to announce that the team will be holding an open tryout at the Empire Golf and Sports Dome on Friday, December 13, 2002, at 8 PM

Dontae Jones returns to Beef
12/03/02 Beef Press Release
Tuesday, December 03, 2002– Omaha, Nebraska – The Omaha Beef announce the signing of Donate Jones.

Night Train roster continues to grow
12/02/02 Night Train Press Release
The La Crosse Night Train continued to bolster its 2003 roster with the signing of two new faces and the return of a familiar one.

Second Badger joins Wheeling football
12/02/03 Greyhounds Press Release
Wheeling, WV- The 2002 National Champion Ohio Valley Greyhounds welcome the second Wisconsin Badger to play for the Wheeling franchise.

Beef open tryouts
12/02/02 Beef Press Release
December 7 & 8, 2002

One more return, weekend tryouts open to public
12/02/02 Beef Press Release
The Omaha Beef announced today the signing of Troy Travis.

Beef continue to sign returning players
11/27/02 Beef Press Release
Omaha, Nebraska – For a third straight day the Omaha Beef announce the signing of returning players.

RiverHawks announce 2003 schedule
11/26/02 RiverHawks Press Release
KNOXVILLE, TN- The Tennessee RiverHawks today announced their 2003, fourteen game, National Indoor Football League schedule.

Three more return to Beef
11/26/02 Beef Press Release
Omaha, Nebraska – Another three returning players are announced as having signed contracts by Omaha Beef Football for the 2003 season

Believers announce December tryouts
11/25/02 Believers Press Release
When:       Saturday, December 14, 2002

Beef resign four for 2003 season
11/25/02 Beef Press Release
Omaha, Nebraska – The Omaha Beef today announced the signing of four returning players for the 2003 season.

Greyhounds sign Towson grad
11/25/02 Greyhounds Press Release
Wheeling, WV- The 2002 NIFL National Champion Ohio Valley Greyhounds are please to announce the signing of the running back Jason Corle of Towson University.

Diesel ticket special nears end
11/22/02 Diesel Press Release
Tri-City Diesel's 2003 season tickets are now available for purchase

Horsemen to hold first open tryouts
11/21/02 Horsemen Press Release
First tryout session to be held in Lexington on December 14

Crude tryouts
11/30/02 Crude Press Release
Oklahoma Crude of the National Indoor Football League will be holding tryouts on December 7, 2002 in Enid, Oklahoma the cost is $60.00. You can contact  Larry Hendrix, Defensive Coordinator at 214-642-4295 or  Head Coach Tim Steven at 580-233-5050

Diesel announce tryouts
11/20/02 Diesel Press Release
Tryouts for the 2003 Tri-City Diesel are coming soon. Tryouts will be held on January 25th and 26th


Official 2003 League Schedule

Official 2003 Lineup

Ohio Valley, Fort Wayne, Evansville, Lexington, Knoxville, Myrtle Beach, Lake Charles, Houma, Beaumont, Tupelo, Austin,  and Enid
Tri City, Lincoln, Omaha, Sioux City, LaCrosse, St Louis, Wyoming, Billings, Bismarck, Sioux Falls, Rapid City, and Salt Lake City.

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