By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Lehigh Valley Steelhawks made an announcement on Thursday about their 2019 season. In the announcement, they announced they will not field a team for the upcoming season.
The team is seeking local ownership. Their previous ownership put the team up for sale after the 2018 season following eight seasons.
“After negotiations with several interested parties, and the 2019 NAL season rapidly approaching, we unfortunately were unable to successfully close a deal in time to ensure a successful start for the next group and provide the Lehigh Valley fans the level of organization both on and of the field that they have come to enjoy these past years. With that being said, the team will be taking a hiatus for the 2019 season while we continue the search to find the right local ownership group for 2020 and beyond.
“We are extremely prod of all the team has accomplished over the years, including multiple charitable endeavors, creation of the successful Steelhawks Junior Football League, developing young menaced giving them the opportunity to further their playing careers, and most importantly, serving our community and the best fans and partners in Arena Football each Spring/Summer.”
Now, with the loss of the Steelhawks and the Maine Mammoths from last year’s roster of teams, there are only six teams left in the league. Two teams in the North, as the Massachusetts Pirates play in Worcester, Massachusetts and the New York Streets play in White Plains, New York.
The Streets and the Orlando Predators are the only new teams for the 2019 season.
The other four teams play in the South. The Carolina Cobras play in Greensboro, North Carolina, while the Columbus Lions play in Columbus, Georgia.
Florida has the other two teams, as the Predators came back to Indoor Football this spring after previously leaving the Arena Football League and folding. The Jacksonville Sharks play in Jacksonville, Florida.
“We will continue to work tirelessly to find a local partner, who has the aspirations of committing to the Lehigh Valley, and bring high quality entertainment to the area. Our group is determined to help ensure a seamless transition for any interested group. Serious inquiries should be directed to Mike Clark at firstname.lastname@example.org.”