AFA President, Dave Burch On ESPN OTL
AFA President, Dave Burch Participted In ESPN's Outside The Lines Program Segment Discussion On Semipro Football
ESPN Outside The Lines
I had the pleasure of being invited by ESPN to participate in a panel discussion August 29th on their Outside The Lines program segment. This program covered the topic "The World Of Semi Pro Football. Focusing On Who Plays And The Death Of A Player In A Game". As this was a rather short noticed program participation request, I solicited comments from some of you last evening regarding your thoughts surrounding this topic. I thank you for your feedback and I did integrate it into the discussion today. However, I must say that this segment was quite an eye opener when ESPN shared their perception of semi pro football based upon a featured team from the Crossroads Football League.
If you did not have an opportunity to view the broadcast, the podcast can be downloaded by clicking....http://espn.go.com/espnradio/play?id=8314700
Because we were time constrained and did not have the opportunity to hear more perspectives on this issue, I would like to solicit your feedback after you've viewed this segment.
Below are the comments from the San Diego Enforcers Football of the National Public Safety League (AFA Members):
"We work very hard to bring a high caliber level of football to our fans and our players are all athletes. More important than that, the players are also police officers, firefighters and public safety personnel. These guys risk their lives every day and still find the energy to train in the off season and play tackle football. What bothered me about the ESPN piece wasn't so much the topic, it was the representation of this particular team as a semi pro team. There are a lot of teams out there that call themselves semi pro, but they are neither professional nor are they even close to semiprofessional. We have a medical staff and our rules are clear when it comes to player safety. ESPN is merely covering the trending story right now, which are concussions and player safety. Our league, and our team, are very careful about player safety. If people think we are a league thrown together like the one represented on ESPN, it makes fundraising even more difficult. I have sent ESPN letters and emails because I think the angle of police officers, firefighters and public safety playing football for charity, and doing it the right way (safely), was a good story...so if there is a way I can spread that word, my thinking is that it will show that there are true semiprofessional teams out there doing it the right way.
Yes, we are AFA members. We won the National Championship against FDNY, June 23rd, in the last play of the game. We also played in front of 5,000 fans and raised money for charity. We have a great opportunity to really showcase semi pro football
San Diego Enforcers Football
Anyone else out there have any ideas about improving our image and solving some of the issues presented during this broadcast? Do you think this is a fair representation?
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About the American Football Association: The American Football Association is a national 501(c) (3) non-profit, tax exempt corporation in its 32nd year of operation and is dedicated to the advancement of adult (semi-pro) football from coast-to-coast. Our slogan is Semi Pro & Proud®. We are not affiliated with any other national semi-pro/minor league organization (Minor League Football News, American Football News Today, American Football Hall of Fame, Minor Pro Hall of Fame, etc). The AFA, Hall of Fame, American Football News™ and AFA logo design are registered trademarks of the American Football Association. All other AFA-related trademarks are trademarks of the American Football Association.