By Peter Schwartz
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With the Jets and Giants’ seasons underway, area sports fans are back in football mode. But if you can’t get enough football, business will pick up next month when the FXFL launches its inaugural season.
The Brooklyn Bolts are one of four teams in the brand new Fall Experimental Football League, and they will kick off on Wednesday, October 8 against the Florida Black Tips in Miami. The following week, the Bolts will play their home opener against the Boston Brawlers at MCU Park, the home of the Brooklyn Cyclones.
Under its business model, the FXFL will be a development league for players, coaches and referees. At first, the league wants to be an unofficial developmental league for the NFL, but down the road it would like to be partners with the NFL.
A player who signs with the FXFL will be able to leave immediately if an NFL team is interested. With so many players let go by NFL teams after training camp, the FXFL believes that it will be able to provide high-quality professional football at family-affordable prices.
Are you ready for some more football? It sounds like you are
“We’ve already seen huge interest from the New York market,” said FXFL Founder and Commissioner Brian Woods. “From season tickets to advertisers, there has been some great buzz.”
Brooklyn Bolts 2014 Schedule (All home games at MCU Park)
Wednesday, October 8: Brooklyn Bolts at Florida Black Tips
Wednesday, October 15: Boston Brawlers at Brooklyn Bolts
Friday, October 24: Omaha Mammoths at Brooklyn Bolts
Friday, October 31: Brooklyn Bolts at Boston Brawlers
Friday, November 7: Florida Black Tips at Brooklyn Bolts
Wednesday, November 12: Brooklyn Bolts at Omaha Mammoths
Bolts season and group tickets will go on sale Wednesday, Sept. 10 and can be purchased at www.fxfl.com. Individual tickets will go on sale next week. All ticket sales, marketing and day-to-day operations are being handled by the Cyclones.
“We’re excited to get the tickets on sale,” said Woods. “Seeing what the Cyclones do at every home game, there is no reason to think we can’t pack the place.”
One of the most important things for any team or league is television exposure, and the Bolts are no different. All of their games will be televised by SNY as part of the league’s comprehensive television coverage.
“SNY has become the go-to network for sports in New York, and we’re proud to be a part of it,” said Woods. “Our partnerships with regional networks will provide our brand with far-reaching distribution. We’re excited to kick off our inaugural season and showcase our exceptional on-field product.”
In addition to SNY, FXFL games will also air on regional networks such as NESN, NESN National, Cox Sports South, Comcast SportsNet Northwest, Comcast SportsNet Chicago and Altitude. The league will announce additional regional and national broadcast partners in the coming weeks.
With affordable tickets, the Brooklyn Bolts will serve as a nice alternative to local football fans. You get to see some potential NFL players up close, have access to postgame autograph sessions and enjoy a unique game-day experience.
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