NILES, Ohio (WKBN) – Sports Team 27 has learned that an FXFL franchise is coming to the valley. The FXFL stands for Fall Experimental Football League, and is the latest to attempt to serve as a feeder system to the NFL. The league began play in October of 2014.
FXFL Commissioner Brian Woods tells WKBN: ” I realize that Ohio puts out a tremendous amount of professional football talent. It’s been our goal to be in those types of states,” Woods said.
The team’s name will not be exactly the same as the Mahoning Valley Scrappers. WKBN has learned that the name will pay tribute to the valley’s rich boxing tradition.
Players in the league include those that went undrafted or were previously cut. 98% of the players in the league last season came from the NFL. That includes current Steelers’ backup Quarterback Tajh Boyd, and Tim Hightower of the New Orleans Saints. 27 of 126 players in the league have been signed by NFL teams.
The FXFL is currently in its second season of existence, and will once again include four franchises. The league focuses on partnering with minor league baseball teams, playing in small venues, emphasizing an intimate and fan-friendly experience.
The Brooklyn franchise plays at MCU Park, the same stadium that houses the Brooklyn Cyclones of the New York-Penn League. This season, three of the four teams in the league will be partnered with minor league baseball teams in the New-York Penn League.
The FXFL schedule runs six weeks. Games have typically been played on Wednesday nights, so they don’t interfere with high school, college, and professional football the other days of the week.
The Eastwood Mall Complex has scheduled a news conference for next Wednesday, for a “Major Sports Franchise Announcement.”