- June 10, 2015
Major League Football, Inc., a new, professional football league headquartered in Lakewood Ranch, announced that its training camp will begin March 30 at Premier Sports Campus at Lakewood Ranch.
The four-week training camp was pushed back more than a month from its previous Feb. 18 starting date after the league lost a $20 million commitment in startup funds from Clairemont Private Investment Group. Those investment funds were replaced Feb. 17 when the league received a $20 million equity purchase of common stock from Asian Global Capital, Ltd.
While the league successfully scrambled to replace investment funds, it did need to push back its training camp and, most likely, the start of its first season. Nick Athan, the vice president of media relations for MLFB, said the announcement of season dates and host cities for its eight teams should come in the next week or two.
The league had made hotel, catering and other arrangements with vendors to support its training camp, which is scheduled to bring in 800 players, plus about 100 coaches and support staff. MLFB Vice President Frank Murtha said area hotels have been very accommodating in helping the MLFB find housing with its new training camp dates.
The MLFB is a publicly traded, professional spring football league.