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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • It's official: Bemidji gets IFL franchise

  • The Indoor Football League is coming to Bemidji.
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  •  The Indoor Football League is coming to Bemidji.
    Just a month after league officials visited the Sanford Center to make a pitch to potential ownership groups, the league has made it official and granted Bemidji an expansion franchise to begin play in February.
    An official news conference is scheduled for 11 a.m. today at the Sanford Center.
    "It's our first foray into professional sports in this town," Sanford Center executive director Curtis Webb said. "It's pretty exciting for us to be able to do this."
    Chris Kokalis, who is the co-owner and general manager of the Cedar Rapids Titans, will be a co-owner and president of the Bemidji franchise. Kokalis will split his time between Bemidji and Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
    The IFL season runs from February to June and each team plays a 14-game schedule -- seven home games and seven on the road.
    The Bemidji franchise, which is still unnamed, will be the league's 10th team. Webb said the league was also looking into franchises in Fargo and the Quad Cities in Iowa and Illinois but don't have ownership groups lined up quite yet.

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