By: Richard Obert, Published 3:04 p.m. MT May 30, 2018
With Tucson looking to bring a pro football team to a renovated arena in 2019, the Indoor Football League appears to be its best bet.
“The IFL certainly has interest in the Tucson market,” IFL Commissioner Mike Allshouse told azcentral sports in an e-mail. “It would be a natural geographic rival to the Rattlers.”
There has been rumor that the struggling Cedar Rapids franchise could relocate to Tucson in the IFL, but Allshouse said there are no plans for the Titans to do that.
“The current ownership of the team, in conjunction with the league office, is working hard to secure new ownership for the team to remain in the Cedar Rapids community,” Allshouse said.
Last week, Rio Nuevo Chairman Fletcher McCusker told The Arizona Daily Star that $400,000 has been authorized for further improvements to the Tucson Arena if it lands an Arena Football League franchise for the 2019 season.
But the AFL has been reduced to four East Coast teams – Baltimore, Washington, Albany and Philadelphia. It was why the Rattlers broke away from that league after the 2016 season.
It seems remote at best that the AFL would go to Tucson to add an expansion team next year, especially with the Rattlers in the IFL.