Early reports on social media on Monday, September 23, regarding a potential merger between Champions Indoor Football and National Arena League appear to be incorrect due to unclear language in the initial postings.
The business entities of the CIF and the NAL are not in merger discussion, meaning that no combination of leagues’ front offices will happen for the 2020 season. However, after speaking with multiple sources throughout the two leagues, talks of some kind of mutual alliance or partnership has occurred. Any further information could not be independently verified or was expressed off the record in a way that AFT will respect.
This is a rare instance of interleague discussion that could benefit the sport, assuming the social media firestorm this morning is something the leagues can overcome.
This is an ongoing issue that AFT will cover with the best interest of the sport in mind and with professional journalistic ethics.