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"Where Semi-Pro/Minor League Football Legends Live Forever"
American Football Association Newsletter
May 09,  2014
Volume 9, Issue  6
In This Issue

 2014 Hall of Fame Selection Process Initiated


AFA Announces Save Around Discount Coupons


AFA Hall of Fame Nomination Process Officially Open

Quick Links


Phone: 877-624-4485




2014 Hall of Fame Selection Process Initiated

The American Football Association's Board of Directors met recently to review the induction process results from 2013 and formerly kickoff the 2014 nomination process

AFA Hall of Fame "Prospect Nomination Forms" have now gone out to all active alumni to allow submittal of individuals to the 2014 Hall of Fame nominating ballot. Upon return of these completed forms, the AFA national office will contact suggested prospects by mailing them a profile form to gather additional background information on their semi-pro football career. Those who meet all criteria will be considered as deserving prospects and will be listed on the nominating ballot. The ballots will then be submitted to the AFA's selection committee for induction consideration.


The Induction Dinner will be well attended and will probably sell out again this year. To order dinner tickets click 2014 Hall of Fame Banquet.


Sponsorships and Donations are now being solicited at on our AFA Auction Site:


Note: The 2014 AFA Hall of Fame Inductions are scheduled to be held June 26th - 27th (same date annually) and at the same location as last year, the Pro Football HoF.


AFA Announces SaveAround Discount Coupons - What is SaveAround? Every day SaveAround presents you with the very best savings at fine establishments in your area. We're able to do this by guaranteeing participating merchants a minimum number of customers. Your purchase is combined with others and the resulting volume purchase is a form of "mutual funding". Every active AFA Alumni will receive an AFA branded coupon as part of their fulfillment package.   



AFA Announces Monthly Semipro Football Trivia Contest The provider of the first correct response via email will receive a gift from the American Football Association.  

#7) Do you know who I am? - I led the ACFL twice in pass receiving with two different teams and then moved onto the big show and played long enough to get a maximum pension.  

No winners: Correct Answer = Bob Tucker 


#8) We joined the NFL together to do the same thing for football as a teammate did for baseball after World War II. We all played  for two minor professional leagues on the West Coast; the Hollywood Bears of the Pacific Coast Pro Football League in 1940, 1941, and 1945 and for the San Francisco Clippers of the American Football League in 1944. Who are we?

 Research provided by AFA Historian, Steve Brainerd  


Rivals - One of the best things a minor league football can do is develop a strong rivalry with someone, but that is hard to do as most teams come and go after only a few seasons. It can do a lot for. The Binghamton Jets and Scranton Eagles have engaged in many games since 1971. Thru 1981, the two clubs split 28 games even. To the end of the competition. In 2002, the Eagles won 11 and lost only 4. This would include an eight games Eagle winning streak. The start of the series in 1971 proved too tremendous at the gate. The first game in Binghamton drew 8,000, the rematch in Scranton drew in excess of 12,000. The rubber game was Empire League championship in Scranton drew 11,000.


Correction via Chick Rader 4/21: 

The sequence is wrong, but thank you for recognizing the Jets - Eagles rivalry.  This rivalry started when Ray Stanton, who formed the Tri-City Jets, and competed in the Empire Football League, met with John Rogan from the Scranton area about forming a team and joining the league.  John brought the idea to me and together we formed the Lackawanna County Eagles and joined the Empire Football League for the 1971 season.
The L.C. Eagles hosted the Tri-City Jets in Scranton for their first meeting and beat the Jets, snapping their 60+ games winning streak before 12,000+ fans.  The 2nd game was played in Binghamton where the Jets beat the Eagles.  Since both teams finished the league with one loss, the championship game was held in Scranton, decided by a flip of a coin, and the L.C. Eagles beat the Jets for the Empire Football League championship and again sold out the stadium with 12,000+ fans.
It's interesting to note that on that same night, Scranton hosted a world championship fight at the Scranton Armory about one mile away from Scranton Memorial Stadium and both events drew capacity crowds.
Chick Rader 
Steve:  Mr. Rader did not "misremember" the sequence of the Eagles/Jets games in 1971.  The sequence was Jets at Eagles September 25, Eagles won 35-26; Eagles at Jets October 9, Jets won 40-20; Championship game at Scranton Memorial Stadium October 30, Eagles won 26-13.
Send me a fax number and I will send you the proof.  One of the conditions John Rogan and I insisted on when negotiating with the Empire Football League was that if we joined, we would not play Binghamton until the second half of the season and the first game would be in Scranton.  The Jets winning streak was 20, not 60 - which was a typo by my assistant who sends out my emails.
Regards,  Chick


It's Now Official - the American Football Association Now Offers AFLAC - AFA members now have discounted rates for Aflac benefits available to them.  This plan is perfect for football players needing accident coverage. There are also special opportunities for billing where AFA team owners can pay premiums for their players. Please contact Amy Peters @ 518-331-1309 or email for inquiries and application...AFLAC Brochure (click here)

ESPN Outside the Lines: Football at a Crossroads: "Semi-Pro" Football - David Burch, Chris Stepp and Kevin Van Valkenburg join "Outside the Lines" to discuss the dangers of average Joes gathering to play what they call "semi-pro" football...... 


- Custom Etched Rosewood Ring Display Box
- Crystal Prism Clock
- Men's Fossil Watch 

The AFA's Online Auction Now Open!  - The online portion of AFA Monthly Auction is now open. The auction will run from monthly leading up to our live auction at June's Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies. Proceeds go to American Football Association in order to support annual Hall of Fame Inductions. Auction items range from exotic vacation getaways to donated items guaranteed to delight and surprise. So, tell your friends, family, community. Now is your chance to not only get all the great items you want, but to do it knowing you are helping support our organization and mission. Just click: AFA Online Auction....Just click:


The American Football Association Partners with MultiView - The American Football Association is pleased to announce a new opportunity for you - the chance to advertise your company's products and services directly on the AFA website. If you have any questions or are interested in learning more about how to feature your company on the AFA websites, please call Jon Smith, Display Advertising Manager, at 972-402-7023. 


Announcing Vehicle Donation Program - Looking for a year end tax deduction? Got an old car you want to get rid of? Just click..... 


We recently partnered with SCORE and we suggest that you do so also. The SCORE Association "Counselors to America's Small Business" is a nonprofit association comprised of 13,000+ volunteer business counselors throughout the U.S. and its territories. SCORE members are trained to serve as counselors advisors and mentors to aspiring entrepreneurs and business owners. These services are offered at no fee, as a community service. Email me if you need help connecting with your local SCORE counselors.

Dave Burch (SCORE Mentor)


American Football Association Hall of Fame - We continue to get phone calls about rings and requests from folks confused about membership in the AFA's Hall of Fame. It appears that after 34 years, a few folks still do not understand the AFA's Hall of Fame membership process. As a result, we have edited and published a more readable copy of our prerequisites and inductees from day one at American Football Association Hall of Fame Listing. By the way, we do NOT process hall of fame ring orders; our supplier does that for us!


Note: The 2014 AFA Hall of Fame Inductions are scheduled to be held June 26th - 27th (same date annually) and at the same location as last year, the Pro Football HoF. Official ballots have gone out this month with membership fulfillment packages to all 2014 Active AFA Alumni. Nominations will only being accepted on the official ballot and in the defined timeframe. Sponsorships and Donations are now being solicited at on our AFA Auction Site.
AFA News & Media Clips  

Semipro football: Owner Bob Gingras says Madison Mustangs will fold

April 09, 2014 10:00 pm  *  DENNIS PUNZEL | Wisconsin State Journal | | 608-252-6179

After a successful run that saw five championships in the past six years, Madison Mustangs owner Bob Gingras has decided to punt.

Gingras, who has owned the semipro football team since 2006, said Wednesday that the team will fold.

"All good things must come to an end," Gingras said.

Gingras said a combination of factors led to his decision, foremost among them the financial strain and the time commitment required to keep the team going....Read more:

Sadler Sports & Recreation Insurance: How Sports/Recreation Organizations Can Tell If They Are Paying Fair Insurance Premiums - A prior blog posting described the Five Important Steps In The Insurance Process for sports and recreation organizations. Step 5 was Loss Analysis and Rate Justification. This is a crucial topic that is often misunderstood by insurance decision makers of sports and recreation organizations. They often think that they need to go to the market to get a quote when in fact their current carriers may already be offering a fair premium. But how can you tell without going to market? To follow is a process that should be followed on an annual basis........


Free Starbucks Card and A chance to win $25,000 in a half court basketball shot contest! If you just click here, Ill explain it all 


CharityMania Fundraisers is the Official Fundraising Partner for the American Football Association (AFA).
Now is the time when many football organizations are selecting their fundraisers for the fall.  Our fundraisers can help each and every AFA football team raise the money they need to be a successful program. 
The AFA has partnered with us because we offer a unique and different kind of fundraiser.  Here's why:
*    Low upfront cost and you keep 70% profit
*    Based on the excitement of your favorite sports
*    Easy to manage - no inventory or fulfillment 
*    Your supporters can win $1000's in prizes


Aside from the AFA National Association's concerns for bringing recognition to today's market of semi-pro type teams and leagues - its desire to keep alive the memories of those who were associated with this level of the sport for the past 100 years has come to the forefront in the formation of the AFA's Alumni Clubs. Checkout the Elmhurst Travelers AFA Alumni Club

Vistaprint - Visit our  AFA Vistaprint Marketing Center for Business Cards, Marketing Materials and branded print products.


AFA SmartPhone App - The AFA Smartphone App is now available for download at Google 


Wilson NFL Footballs... New Wilson Footballs are now in stock. The price is $65/ball or $390 per case for new balls plus $20 shipping and handling for a total of $410 per case of download form, click Wilson NFL Footballs.


Broadcast Channel Goes Live - The AFA's live broadcast channel capability for video webcasts is now available for PCs, iPads and, Smartphones. Featured video includes weekly vintage and live video webcasts of events such as the Pottstown Firebirds Super Bowl Special, Kalamazoo Tornadoes AFA Championship, Past AFA Hall of Fame Inductions, AFA Member Game Broadcasts and special announcements. These broadcasts can also be accessed at....Steve Weed Productions
AFA Membership Programs 
2014 AFA Alumni Club Membership - Are You A Card Carrying Member? Alumni Membership Fulfillment packages are on the way to recent alumni membership applicants. This year's package contains a SaveAround discount savings card as well as the Hall of Fame Nomination form. Membership remains at $25 per individual and is open to anyone and everyone that, at one time or another, had been (or still is) involved with a semi-pro team and/or league. The Semi-Pro Football Alumni Club is co-sponsored by the AFA National Association and the Members of the AFA Hall of Fame Alumni. Just click AFA Online Signup  
or return application card via US Mail..........


Lifetime AFA Memberships Now Offered for AFA Hall of Fame Members! Email with your interest. 


Coming Soon - AFA Legacy Program/Planned Giving managed via Merrill Lynch. Planned Giving through the American Football Association allows you to align what you love in your life to what you want reflected in your legacy. 


Now Soliciting 2014 AFA Team & League Membership Applications Team Membership applications are now being accepted for the 2014 season. We are proud to have the National Public Safety, Empire Football, Ironman Football, Mason Dixon Football, Southern Plains Football and American Public Safety Football Leagues as the first leagues to join as members to join for 2014. When entire leagues join they automatically receive an auction fund raiser donation on the AFA's Auction Site. The annual membership fee to join the AFA remains $100 "per team" which provides a benefit package that is easily 10x this fee. Team membership applications can be downloaded by clicking: AFA Team/League Memberships  


American Football Association Benefits, Inc

The America Football Association recently established major partnerships with insurance companies to make comprehensive coverage products available for all AFA Alumni. AFA Alumni and where applicable their spouses and dependents, can now apply for insurance at competitive group rates. It's now easy to join the AFA and apply for affordable insurance coverage with a special discount for being an AFA Alumni. For more info, please call 877-624-4485 or email


About the American Football Association: The American Football Association is a national 501(c) (3) non-profit, tax exempt corporation in its 34th year of operation and is dedicated to the advancement of adult (semi-pro) football from coast-to-coast. Our slogan is Semi Pro & ProudĀ®. 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.


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