SIOUX CITY, Iowa — The Sioux City Bandits are leaving the Indoor Football League and will apparently announce plans for a new league affiliation later this week.
The Bandits departure from the IFL was reported Sunday by The Tri-City Herald, based in Kennewick, Wash., in a story indicating seven teams are leaving a sprawling league that will now have 21 teams.
In an interview with the Sioux City Journal on Monday, Bandits general manager Bob Scott declined to go into much detail on the move.
“We are playing football (in 2010-11),” stated Scott, adding that an announcement will be made this week to announce the name of the new league and also the team’s new head coach.
Like the Billings Outlaws, the Sioux City franchise was formed in 2000 and played in the original Indoor Football League (2000), the National Indoor Football League (2002-05), the United Indoor Football league (2006-08) and the new IFL (2009-10).
Billings owner Mike Parnell announced on Oct. 7 that the two-time defending IFL champion Outlaws had ceased operations.
Sioux City is the seventh franchise to either fold or move to another league since the IFL held its league meetings last month — joining Billings, West Michigan, San Angelo, Austin, Rochester and Maryland — to drop the number of current IFL teams from 28 to 21.
The IFL was expected to release a draft of its 2011 schedule last week, but has not yet done so.