BY: MARTA SUBAT, JULY 26, 2018
Kevin Guy isn’t leaving the Arizona Rattlers, even though he is taking on an ownership role for a new indoor football team in Tucson that has yet to be formally announced.
“I”m still going to coach the Rattlers,” Guy told azcentral sports on Wednesday. “And I’m going to own the (Tucson) team.That’s where I’m at today.
“As far as joining a league, I”ve got some options. Decisions are going to be made based on travel.”
Guy, who has been head coach and general manager of the Rattlers since 2008, ruled out the Tucson team joining the Arena Football League, with which the Rattlers began in 1992 and won five ArenaBowls (1994, 1997, 2012, 2013, 2014), before leaving after the 2016 season.
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There are only four AFL teams left, all on the East Coast — Baltimore, Albany, Philadelphia and Washington.
Logistically, it wouldn’t make sense for Tucson having an AFL team.
Although Tucson is in current negotiations with a league, Guy said he isn’t ready to say which league the team would join.
The two obvious options are the Indoor Football League and Champions Indoor Football. The Rattlers lost to Sioux Falls in the semifinals by a point in overtime a year after winning the IFL title in their first season in the league last year.
The Rattlers are the only team in the IFL that is from the West. The other five are from Sioux Falls (S.D.), Iowa, Cedar Rapids (Iowa), Nebraska and Green Bay (Wisconsin).
Champions Indoor Football teams comprise of Amarillo (Texas), Duke City (Albuquerque, N.M.), Omaha (Nebraska), Salina (Kansas), Sioux City (Iowa), Texas (Allen), Wichita (Kansas), Kansas City (Missouri), Bismarck (N.D.), and Quad City (Moline, Ill.).
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Guy, who this season became the Rattlers’ winningest all-time coach, said details will be laid out during an upcoming news conference.
He said he spoke with Rattlers majority owner Ron Shurts, before being joining the Tucson ownership to bring a team.
A message was sent to Shurts for comment.
“I wouldn’t do anything to hurt the Rattlers and Ron,” Guy said. “Ron gave me his blessing to pursue it. It’s branding my own personal brand and indoor football.”
It still has to be finalized by the city of Tucson, but Tuesday was a big step with the Rio Nuevo board unanimously approving spending $400,000 to assure that football could be played inside the Tucson Convention Center.
“Everybody is making this about me,” Guy said. “You’ve got to wait until the press conference. Some very thought-out decisions have been made. That will play out.
“I’m part of an ownership role in Tucson. What I’m trying to do is help grow the sport of indoor football and bring awareness to our game. It needs to be done by people who know what they’re doing. For over 20 years, I’ve seen too many in business have no clue how to run it day to day.”
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