SIOUX CITY | The Sioux City Bandits haven’t lost a game in the American Professional Football League -- and it doesn’t appear they ever will.
Bandits managing partner Bob Scott confirmed Wednesday that the two-time defending champions have left the APFL and are spearheading efforts to create a new indoor football league.
Scott said he notified the APFL three weeks ago that the Bandits were leaving the league. Around that same time, on July 14, Sioux City routed Council Bluffs 56-34 for its second consecutive APFL title.
“We left on OK terms,” Scott said.
“I told them I want to be a part of a league where all the team owners run the league, not one team owner," added Scott, referring to league president Ralph Adams, who is also the owner of the APFL's Kansas Koyotes franchise.
The league expanded from five franchises to eight last year, but three of them -- the Springfield (Mo.) Wolfpack, Cheyenne Warriors and Colorado Lightning -- folded during the season. The APFL allowed Cheyenne to drop out so it could play teams from a different league instead.
The departures cost the Bandits a chance to play two games (they won both by forfeit) and left other APFL teams scrambling to find replacement opponents.
“Some decisions were made that, frankly, cost the other teams money,” Scott said.
A handful of indoor football owners will meet sometime next week in Omaha to discuss the formation of a new league, Scott said. It would be called the Champions Professional Indoor Football League.
“There’s six or seven teams trying to figure out if we can put something together that makes sense, in a league where travel budgets would be reasonable,” Scott said.
On what appears to be the CPIFL’s new website, cpifl.org, it reads that the new league “is based in the Midwest with long-standing, well-established teams currently coming from Iowa, Missouri and Kansas," though it stops short of naming any actual franchises.
If a new league doesn’t pan out, Scott said he wouldn't rule out having the Bandits play one season as an “independent organization."
“We hope we don’t have to do it, and I don’t think we will, but that would be my last resort,” he said.
Sioux City stormed through a pair of undefeated seasons in the APFL, posting a 28-0 overall record. The Bandits joined the APFL after losing their final seven games as a member of the Indoor Football League in 2010.
Scott said rejoining the IFL, which features the Sioux Falls Storm and Omaha Beef, wouldn't be an option.
“It doesn’t make sense for us financially,” he said, pointing to travel costs (the IFL features teams from as far away as Pennsylvania).
Wherever the Bandits land, it will be their sixth different league since the franchise was founded in 2000.