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November 2013


X-League logoAt a press conference following the weekly Birmingham City Council meeting, the X-League announces that Birmingham will be the sixth team in the league's first season, set to start in March 2014.

X-League commissioner Michael Mink and local franchise owner Larry Ellison are planning to bring a new brand of indoor football to the area and pledge that they would do so with no help from the city. "The city is not going to financially help us at all. I did not ask for any money. I do not need any money from the city. We're going to totally fund this off of my current business that I've owned since I was 20 years old. We're also going to fund it off of sponsorships and marketing packages that we sell. We will not ask the city for a dime. All we asked was for the venue and also the media exposure that they can help us with," Ellison said.

Alabama Outlawz logoThe team will be known as the Alabama Outlawz and they will play their home games in Bill Harris Arena, which began $3 million in improvements about a month ago. The area is part of the Birmingham CrossPlex facility located on the old state fairgrounds.

"This is a great day for the city of Birmingham. This is what we envisioned when we made the improvements and it's also in line with the mayor's vision as far as making Alabama a sports destination," said Kevin Moore, director of Birmingham CrossPlex and Bill Harris Arena. 

Ellison, who will also be the team's head coach, said he is establishing a three-year contract with the city for the use of the arena, with an option for two more three-year contracts.

There will be 10 teams in the new league but the Outlawz are the sixth that has a home playing venue. The other four teams will only play away games.

Tickets prices are planned to be $15 for lower level seats and $10 for upper level seats.

Mink, the league's commissioner, has a history with the city. He graduated from UAB in 1988 and is a former Blazer baseball player.

"I would like to welcome you to a new era of indoor football. The league will feature a game unlike any seen before in football. Regardless of the playing surface, it is the perfect fusion of an outdoor playing style (that) will allow even out novice fans the ability to identify with our game easier. However, our foremost concern will be the consistent production of a quality product for our fans to enjoy," Mink said.

January 2014

    Alabama Oulawz logoThe Outlawz announce a change to their primary logo.   

March 2014


2014 X-League

  Alabama Outlawz  
  Florida Marine Raiders    
  Georgia Rampage  
  Pennsylvania Steam  
  St. Louis Attack  

April 2014

    The X-League announes that the Pennsylvania Steam has been sold to a group in Savannah, GA. The new Savannah Steam will only play the remainder of their away games and will be based in Savannah next year.

“It’s great to be able to add another team in the South for 2015 and it will help the X-League with its geographic footprint. The Reading Market and Ownership group couldn’t recover from the MISL Pennsylvania Roar’s Season in order to continue in 2014. It’s very unfortunate, but it is best to make the responsible decision to understand the problem and deal with it now,” said Commissioner Mink.

May 2014

    The Outlawz cancel their final home game of the regular season.

Lee Ellison, the team's owner and head coach, claims the reason is due to a "scheduling conflict" with a local high school's graduation that is to be held at the arena.

The league announcement states that the game has been considered a 7-7 draw. The X-League's release reasons that with both teams (Alabama and Georgia) eliminated from the X-Bowl the league deemed it financially responsible to consider the game a draw and use the operation cost to build for the 2015 season. “With both teams looking forward to a strong 2015 season this decision only made sense for the Rampage, Outlawz, and X-League,” stated X-League President Kacee Smith.

Rumors are strong that the team, and league, could be suffering financial hardships.

Ellison claims all season ticket holders will receive a refund for the final home game.

April 2015


2015 X-League

  Alabama Outlawz    
  Bloomington Edge  
  Cape Fear Heroes  
  Corpus Christi Fury  
  Florida Marine Raiders    
  Florida Tarpons  
  Georgia Rampage  
  Marion Blue Racers  
  Rio Grande Valley Sol  
  St. Louis Attack  

June 2015

    Earlier this week the X-League clubs decide via conference call to ask the Rio Grande Valley Sol to play the Florida Tarpons in X-Bowl II.

However, days later the Sol ownership decide they will not play due to "issues obtaining transportation for the trip" to Estero, Florida.

Now the X-League has decided that the Florida Marine Raiders will take their place in X-Bowl II.

September 2015

    North American Indoor Football League logoThe X-League announces it is merging with the North American Indoor Football League.

The decision was made by Michael Mink, X-League Commissioner, and Kacee Smith, X-League President. "With so many leagues forming, it is imperative that we join together to be successful. You will never see success with everyone going in separate directions, so it makes sense to partner with the NAIF. This merger will create regional play which will help team owners save money in their budgets. Football is also ready to expand abroad. I believe with this joint venture, we will find international success which isn't just important to the teams playing but the fans that watch. We want to imprint ourselves as successful beyond the United States by thinking globally," Mink said.

The NAIF is a proposed indoor football league that has plans to begin play in 2016.

"The NAIF is pleased to partner with Michael Mink, Kacee Smith, and the X-League. This merger will no doubt make the start of our season even more exciting and put a deep footprint in indoor football," said NAIF Co-Owner, Kory White.

Mink and Smith will both take on roles with the NAIF. Smith will become Co-President with Richard Beam and Mink will join as Co-Chairman. "Working with Kacee Smith has been nothing but a blessing. Now, we both are excited to play a role in the NAIF. We anticipate a remarkable season with the new people we get to work with," Mink said.
    The X-League announces it has decided not to merge with the North American Indoor Football League.

No reason is given, other than to say both leagues mutually agreed to not move forward with the merge.

October 2015

    American Indoor Football League logoIn an extremely short press release, the X-League announces it has ceased operations and released its member teams to the American Indoor Football League.   
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Last Update: October 12, 2015