The A-11 Football League took the first big step toward kicking off a spring 2013 season when it began last week to formally engage with more than 20 interested city groups (including both municipal governments and sports authorities) in nearly as many states.

League officials will release the names of charter league members (at least 10 are expected to compete during the inaugural season) individually as they come on board. Home states of interested city groups include Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Washington. More than one city group has expressed interest in Califorina, Ohio and Texas, according to Kurt Bryan, co-founder of both the league and its namesake offensive scheme that opens the game of 11-man football to exponentially more play-calling options than conventional football.

"Nearly all of the city groups we're dealing with have come to the realization that they will never have an NFL team," Bryan says. "This is their golden opportunity to acquire the lifetime rights for their home market in order to bring an A-11FL franchise to their city. Our model is a combination of the Green Bay Packers model and Major League Soccer, with a little bit of A-11 innovation thrown in."

Start-up franchises will employ a three-step model to raise capital, beginning with a concept called crowd funding. Teams can begin to raise the $1 million total necessary to join the league (and that is legally allowed via crowd funding) by selling stock to their respective fan bases. "Those fans know when they put down their $10 or $20, they are helping to secure the lifetime rights to bring a pro football team to their city," Bryan says. "Green Bay did it in 1923, and they've got a pretty darn good track record."

Next, major private investors will be given the opportunity to partner with teams as owner/operators. Finally, the league has been approached by investment banks to conduct an initial public offering in the fall.

Bryan describes it as a community-based, sustainable model in a market littered with failed professional football leagues. Third-party observers have added their own adjective. "The word I keep hearing, and that I'm very proud of, is 'unselfish,' " he says. "We have developed an unselfish model, and that's how we want to give back to these communities. That's the only way you're going to make it nowadays."

Paul Steinbach is Senior Editor of Athletic Business.
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Installing professional football franchises into cities that own them throughout the United States might sound like a futuristic idea, but in hindsight years from now this could be viewed as a turning point in sports franchise metrics and demographics.

Quinn
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I've been to many A11 football games, the action is non stop,the athletics are fast and the exhilaration of the crowed is infectious. I think a city would be nuts not to want a team. The future is now.
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I have been to a few A-11 football games at Piedmo9nt H.S. and it's great to watch. The offense makes the defense's head spin. It hard to figure out who gets the ball. Imagine having two good running quarterbacks that can also throw well! Awesome!
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A-11 Football is all about innovation and challenge, providing a very exciting game for the fans. Football Sports Entertainment needs a new look. The traditional style of football is fine for some fans but once they have seen an A-11game it will be hard for them to go back to the old style of football. The Fans deserve more and the A-11 offense provides it. A-11 is the future of American 11 man football. The Fans need to speak up and demand more. The A-11 league is offering Fans a chance to own part of their favorite teams, like Green Bay did in 1923. I believe the Fans should be able to own a piece of their favorite teams. It shouldn't be just for the ultra rich team owners.
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One must give respect to the level of committment, enthusiasm, knowledge and effort it has taken Bryan and his allies to reach the point of such a critical mass.

My peers and I have had more than one phone conversation with well respected people in higher circles. It is true about Bryan revealing that his plan is unselfish, and the point for the A-11 league offering metro governments the deal of a lifetime.

The A-11 league can become a victorious reality due to reading the multitude of factors that Bryan and his people see coming down the pipeline and staying far ahead of the proverbial curve.

The essence of a city's populace buying into a franchise is not new and has been done several times before. But spreading a concept like that throughout an entire football league is really an invigorating idea on multiple levels.

Good show and well done!

W. Stein
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Many a city has had to endure a selfish, ego-centric sport franchise owner mis-manage and ruin the team that they love. This is an opportunity for the fans to have direct input on which sports and teams that they want in their city.

They get to do this with the most exciting and relatable style of football that there is. A-11 Football is a more sophisticated version of street/sandlot/schoolyard football that alot of kids grew up with. We will see some of the best all-round athletes in the country making plays in offenses that push the boundaries of creative genius.

This league is designed to give the fans the absolute BIGGEST BANG FOR THEIR BUCK.
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This type of good story is a sweet tonic to help cure the ills interwoven into the state of the economy lately, and it's sobering that a few crackpots root against this. The vision it takes to make this happen and provide the opportunity for a metropolitan district and its faithful to own a football franchise is beyond great news.

We are witnessing the mind blowing creation and birth of an innovative new product in professional tackle football, and for even those of us that are the most casual football fans we will also have the chance to become team owners.

Fantastic!
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If the teams in the league can keep the price of their stock to around 100 - 125 bucks or less for fans to buy into it, they will sell out faster than a U2 concert in Europe.

A tank of gas costs 75 clams right now so to own a piece of a football franchise for not much more than that makes a lot of sense.
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if every team in this league is like the green bay packers then it has a good chance of succeeding long term.
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Keep the cost of the stock around $50 or $75 so all kinds of fans can get some.

Energizing concept that will probably go bigger than most people expect because its pro football and the bright method of bringing it to market.

ND