Sioux Falls Storm leaving CIF, to return to Indoor Football League

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By: , bhaenchen@argusleader.com

One month after announcing they were jumping ship for Champions Indoor Football, the Sioux Falls Storm have decided to return to the Indoor Football League for the 2018 season.

“As we were excited to resurrect some old rivalries, it quickly became evident that what we were presented to make the move, was not what we were getting,” team owner Todd Tryon said in a statement. “We pride ourselves in offering our community the best product in the industry, and given the restrictions, stipulations and restraints that were being placed on us we could not possibly offer what Storm Nation is accustomed to.”

In an interview with Craig Mattick and John Gaskins on KWSN, Tryon said CIF stint turned out to be a “train wreck,” citing a lack of professionalism and infrastructure.

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The Storm were with the IFL since it was created out of the United Indoor Football/Intense Football League merger of 2009, but left following the conclusion of last season. Their departure was due in part to instability amongst the membership. The IFL had 25 teams in 2010, played with 10 last season, and was in danger of dwindling to four in 2018.

However, the league has added two new teams (Bloomington and West Michigan) in the time since Sioux Falls announced its departure, bringing the membership to seven (eight with the Storm returning).

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“Sometimes you need to explore other options to appreciate what you have been a part of for many years. We were very fortunate we saw this before it was too late,” Tryon said. “The IFL has made multiple adjustments to its business plan over the past few months that should position our league as the front runner in this industry for many years to come.”

This post originally appeared on Argus Leader. Copyright 2017.

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