An open letter to Minor Professional Football League franchise owners posted on their web site had Nighthawks fans wondering if they'd ever see their new team take the field.
Nighthawks General Manager Jerry Hughes said he'd heard some of that concern, but today he set the record straight. Hughes said, "The MPFL actually closed its doors because the Nighthawks decided to leave. We moved to the Professional American Football League (PAFL) which is a much higher level."
Hughes said his teams departure from the league, gave birth to something much bigger. "When your premiere team leaves and all the things that are bringing the big show stuff, its a little hard on the league. A lot of teams followed us so we've built pretty much a powerhouse league now."
Those teams include the North Texas Stampede, the Midland Drillers and many more from all over Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma, for a total of 24 elite teams. Now, they'll be competing for more than bragging rights. Each year the winning squad will take home a $50,000 prize.
Hughes said adding the prize will drive teams. He said, "A prize at the end of that season that takes you much beyond the ring because you can actually take that $50,000 and build your program and further it."
Hughes also told Newschannel 6 the team is working on a television deal that would allow fans nationwide to watch the season opener - against the Stampede on February 17th - live on Fox College Sports.