Topeka (WIBW) -- The Kansas Koyotes announced early Monday evening that the team will leave the American Pro Football League to join the Champions Professional Indoor Football League. The CPIFL was just formed.
The Koyotes have played in the APFL since the inception of the team and the league. Kansas had success early, but the league and the team has run into financial issues recently.
Pat Park and Nick Baumgartner recently purchased the Koyotes from Ralph Adams. The new owners told WIBW's Matt Blanchette that they were staying in the APFL at their introductory press conference.
Kansas Koyotes joins Champions Professional Indoor Football League (CPIFL)
Topeka’s Kansas Koyotes football team announces it has signed an agreement to compete in the newly formed Champions Professional Indoor Football League, joining teams from at least nine other cities to deliver hard-hitting indoor football action.
The Koyotes are excited to form new rivalries with other nearby teams, including Lincoln Haymakers, Mid-Missouri Outlaws, Kansas City Renegade, Wichita Wild, Sioux City Bandits and Oklahoma Defenders.
The move to the CPIFL means leaving the American Professional Football League (APFL) which the Koyotes have competed in since its founding.
“Our goal is to deliver the best sports entertainment in Topeka, and it’s not a promise we were sure we could keep if we stayed in the APFL,” said Pat Park, co-owner of the Kansas Koyotes. “There were several instances last season in which APFL teams didn’t show up for their travel dates. Our move to the CPIFL will give us complete assurance that we will compete against a worthy league opponent each and every game while reducing our travel time and expenses.”
Teams from Lincoln, Sioux City and Mid-Missouri also have moved from the APFL to the new CPIFL.
"The CPIFL was formed with the idea of creating rivalries amongst cities that make sense geographically," said CPIFL Commissioner James Bain. “Another goal we had was to bring together owners with class and professionalism that will operate their teams with integrity and the Koyotes help us achieve those goals."