Gary Tufford Hired as SIFL Commissioner

Southern Indoor Football League Preparing for Third Season of Play

Lake Charles, La. (Friday, August 6, 2010) – The Southern Indoor Football League (SIFL) made official the hiring of Gary Tufford as League Commissioner this week, with the announcement coming after the SIFL concluded its second season of play this past July. A former player in the Canadian Football League (CFL) and executive in a variety of professional football leagues, Tufford looks to increase team membership for the league, which concluded its second year of operation with five franchises.

“I love indoor football," Tufford remarked. "The action is so fast. It's more exciting and high scoring than any other form of the game. Fans are closer to the action, and it really provides a tremendous entertainment value for everyone in attendance. I am looking forward to continuing to build this great product with the SIFL and beyond.”

After spending time in the CFL as a player for both the Toronto Argonauts and Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Tufford turned to the business side of the football industry. He has over 20 years of experience within the game of indoor football and has also worked in front offices for both the CFL and National Football League. His professional career as an executive also includes stops with the Arena Football League, arenafootball2 and the American Indoor Football League. Previously, Tufford also served as Executive Director of the Indoor Football League and as Commissioner of the World Indoor Football League.

"I can't think of a more knowledgeable person to step into the role of Commissioner of the SIFL than Gary Tufford," SIFL President Thom Hager stated. "Gary understands this game so well and knows what it takes to succeed both on the field and off. We welcome Gary into the fold and look forward to a very exciting future as we look forward to the 2011 season."

While the 2010 SIFL season saw five teams compete for the league championship, which was won by the Louisiana Swashbucklers after defeating the Columbus Lions, 2011 is expected to bring additional franchises into the fold. Teams in Corpus Christi and Rio Grande Valley are expected to play next season, while potential suitors have also been rumored to reside in Austin, Houston, Laredo and San Antonio. Some more Southern cities which used to play in arenafootball2 before the resurrection of the new Arena Football League occurred last year are also thought to be in the mix.

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