Due to an ongoing legal dispute, the West Michigan Ironmen and Bloomington Edge will not be playing in the IFL 2018 season. Both teams are still members of the IFL and have an option to play in the league in 2019. While we feel we have legal standing to appeal the preliminary temporary injunction ruling and win, entering the 2018 season with a pending legal situation would not be fair to our coaches, players, fans, and supporters. We did not want to enter our a season with an appeal process similar to the Ezekial Elliot case in the NFL in 2017. Our decision to leave the CIF was not because of monetary concerns, but because we felt it was the best decision for our organizations in the short and long term.
Of particular note, while the court unexpectedly granted a temporary injunction, it did make note of the fact that "the Plaintiff [CIF] did breach the LAAs with the Defendants [West Michigan and Bloomington] by accepting LAAs from Sioux City and apparently one or more other members with additional conditions listed." These conditional LAAs gave those teams a greater and unfair opportunity to be successful on and off the field, and greater control over league decisions that impact our business and teams. It is most unfortunate to the industry of indoor football that all of our efforts to settle these disputes amicably were rebuffed with no counter-offers made.