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Flight: Another failed team in Trenton

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Jersey Flight, a proposed arena football team, has crash landed. The National Arena League said the team failed to live up to expectations put in place by its bylaws.

The Flight failed to even play one season at the CURE Insurance Arena in Trenton, NJ. They were initially scheduled to play in 2018 in the NAL.

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The NAL, which lost teams in the offseason, will rely on its new expansion teams. The new expansion teams: Carolina Cobras, Maine Mammoths, and Massachusetts Pirates join the reigning champions Jacksonville Sharks, Columbus Lions, and the Lehigh Valley Steelhawks.

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Now, the Flight, who were owned by Sam Davis, Jr. and Kyna Felder-Ruiz, who, according to a source, were using their pension plan to fund the team. The source even acknowledged that they were fundraising for a year to possibly “never have a season.”

These two owners knew that this was a very good possibility from the beginning despite attempting to show hope. For months, though, there was very little going on.

Anyone, who follows sports, knows that is definitely strange for a small NAL team, or even a real Major 5 Sports team.

“Neither Davis nor Ruiz are deterred about failed sports team experiments at the Arena since its inception in 1999,” the team said the day the team was announced in early 2017. “It (Jersey Flight team) was announced a year earlier …. to raise the dollars that we’re going to need to successfully run a whole season.”

Despite never playing a game, the team will be known as a failure. They are the latest failure to play or attempt to play at the small, $53 million arena.

They are the fourth-failed arena football team, who attempted to play at the facility. The others lasted a few games to two seasons.

The Trenton Lightning lasted just six games in 2001. The Trenton Steel lasted a season in 2011.

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The Trenton Freedom lasted two seasons in 2014 and 2015. The Trenton Titans were their most successful tenant at the Arena from 1999 through 2013.

Everyone else (seven teams) failed to last five years each. The Flight and the New Jersey Rascals are the only teams, who were announced; however, never played a game at the facility.

The Rascals were slated to play in 2012.

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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