Getting back to the NFL was the goal of San Diego Fleet players, and seven made it there last month.Now it gets tougher.Teams will cut rosters from 90 to 53 before the NFL season opens and also will swap out players from the bottom. Tuesday, the Minnesota Vikings released former Fleet safety Jordan Martin to add a cornerback.The recent NFL Draft stacked the odds higher against Alex Barrett and Kameron Kelly, alums of San Diego State who started all eight Fleet games before the team’s parent league, the Alliance of American Football, was shut down. The Oakland Raiders drafted three players at Barrett’s position (defensive end), while the Pittsburgh Steelers invested a third-round pick in a defender who, like Kelly, is a former receiver who plays cornerback.Kelly is one of 11 corners on Pittsburgh’s roster. At 22, he’s the youngest Fleet alum in the NFL.Damontre Moore was the Fleet’s top all-around player as an end who excelled as a pass rusher and run … [Read more...] about San Diego Fleet alums rejoin NFL; can they stay there?
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In this occasional series, staff writer Tod Leonard attends sporting events to provide a taste and feel of the teams and games that are played throughout San Diego County.The team: San Diego Strike Force, Indoor Football LeagueThe venue: Pechanga Arena San DiegoThe competition: There are 10 teams in the IFL, which was created in 2008 by a merger of the Intense Football League and United Indoor Football. Based mostly in the upper Midwest, it’s essentially the minor leagues of indoor football, with the six-team Arena Football League considered the top level. Believe it or not, the IFL has a rival (they’ve taken each other to court) in the eight-team Champions Indoor Football. The IFL has never been the picture of stability. There are 50 franchises that have either jumped to another league, folded or failed to launch. The too-long February-to-June regular season is 14 games, with the top six teams reaching the playoffs. The United Bowl championship game will be hosted by the … [Read more...] about San Diego sports tour: Through no fault of players, Strike Force is a mess
La Prensa San Diego, the region’s long-standing bilingual newspaper, has not been printed or distributed in recent weeks. Meanwhile, some employees, contributors and vendors have not been paid for work this year, according to three individuals who work or have worked under the publication’s owner and publisher. The individuals requested that their names not be published because they feared they would not be paid. Owner and publisher Art Castañares, who purchased the English- and Spanish-language publication in 2015, acknowledged some parties have not been paid but did not offer an explanation in a series of emails in response to questions from The San Diego Union-Tribune. “All of the outstanding invoices have been reviewed and will be paid with next week’s check run,” he said on Friday. Castañares said La Prensa is contemplating changes to its business model — including switching to a monthly publication — as it plans to expand its … [Read more...] about La Prensa San Diego workers say they’ve gone unpaid; newspaper production spotty
When the Alliance of American Football league suspended operations this week, it did so with plenty of past-due bills, including as much as $450,000 in both rent and stadium expenses owed to the city of San Diego. Fortunately, the city had a backup plan — a ticket guarantee of sorts — and will close its books on the league in the black.To date, the professional football league, which operated the San Diego Fleet and seven other teams, has paid $50,000 in rent payments to use SDCCU Stadium, or half of what’s due in rent. It never made a single deposit toward covering the stadium’s operating expenses, estimated at $400,312 for four games, although it was contractually obligated to do so. The AAF shut down abruptly on Wednesday — leaving players, fans and staff in the lurch. That means the city will likely have to implement its plan B to recover what it’s owed. Last year, Legendary Field Experiences (the limited liability company behind the AAF) … [Read more...] about San Diego may have lost the Fleet but the city will turn a profit
Associated Press Published 12:30 AM EST Feb 7, 2019 San Diego — Former San Diego State head football coach Brady Hoke is expected to be announced as SDSU’s new defensive line coach, returning to the school he left eight years ago when he was hired as Michigan’s head coach. Hoke was back on campus Monday, meeting with SDSU players and reacquainting himself with the program he guided during the 2009-10 seasons. He replaces Ernie Lawson, who was not retained following three seasons as SDSU’s defensive line coach. Since the hiring was not yet official, neither SDSU head coach Rocky Long nor any other school official could comment on Wednesday. Hoke was not available for comment. Long was SDSU’s defensive coordinator in 2011 when he was promoted to replace Hoke, who called Michigan his “dream job” when he departed. Hoke went 31-20 over four seasons, but his win total decreased each season, from 11-2 to 8-5 to 7-6 and finally 5-7, prompting his … [Read more...] about Brady Hoke return to San Diego State as an assistant