The key to any organization, especially in sports is development; which the National Football League has not experienced until now. The Minor Football League (MFL) has been in existence since 1993 with the Washington Chiefs as their inaugural team, but beginning in 2018 will hold host to 32 teams across the country. Founder, and CEO of the MFL, Richard Myles Sr., a native Washingtonian and former NFL player with the New England Patriots, finalized the expansion of the MFL after the completion of a national feasibility study of all American cities, to bring economic development throughout the United States.
Most recently Myles, Chief Strategy Officer Mel Forbes, and Senior Vice President Dave Garnett (Pictured above) arranged a meeting in New York City with NFL officials to discuss the merger of the two entities as a feeder program to the NFL.
“The MFL gives people the opportunity to own a professional franchise. We also offer opportunities for players to go from the field to the front office,” Myles said. Six of the MFL franchises are in the Washington, D.C area, providing opportunities for employment and economic growth. From a demographic standpoint, Myles and the MFL are placing teams in regions where economic development is needed. The MFL is divided into 4 divisions based upon geographic location, North-East, South, Mid-Atlantic, and West.
Myles expressed the need for a Minor-League organization for football while comparing the effect that has been left on sports like basketball and baseball. “There’s a need for minor league football, a lot of players come out of college needing a few extra years to prepare for the NFL that colleges cannot provide. The NBA has it, the MLB has it and now the NFL needs it,” Myles said.
A key component to the success of the MFL will be their stake at “affordable entertainment” by providing effective, low-cost ways to attend and generate revenue. “We operate in the summer when nothing else is going on, June through August, when very little baseball and no NFL is played. By using big-time high school and moderate college stadiums, the cost of attendance won’t be high,” Myles stated.
In their expansion, the MFL is creating an impact through the “No Thugs, No Drugs” initiative with children, and their conflict resolution programs that are funded through the Maryland and D.C governments. Opportunity is the basis of the MFL in more ways than one. Those who are rejected from the MFL are given a second hope at redemption, children are offered more role models, and minorities are given the fighting chance to own a professional franchise.