Arena football: Outlaws receive forfeit win after Saturday opponent leaves APFL

May 27, 2012

The Mid-Missouri Outlaws had an unexpected Saturday off this weekend, and they could have another day off this upcoming Saturday.

The Cheyenne (Wyo). Warriors, who the Outlaws were scheduled to play Saturday night in Wyoming, and Colorado Lightning withdrew from the American Professional Football League, Outlaws co-owner Chad Jackson learned Wednesday during a conference call.

Jackson wasn’t surprised by the news.

“We were all pretty suspect of those teams being that far away,” Jackson said. “Traveling was going to be extremely (expensive). ... Unfortunately the league controls (who joins the league).”

Small professional leagues, such as the APFL, face challenges like these on a regular basis, Jackson said.

“When you’re dealing with this level of professional sports, you have these types of hiccups,” he said. “We’ll  see how the league handles it.”

Jackson said that the APFL is revamping the schedule so that league members won’t lose any home games because of Cheyenne’s and Colorado’s departure.

Right now, the Outlaws’ home game on Saturday night is still on, but the opponent has yet to be determined. They were scheduled to face Colorado.

The league hopes to fill that spot with an APFL opponent. The only team not scheduled to play this week is Sioux City, which was supposed to travel to Cheyenne.

The APFL decided to award a forfeit win to the Outlaws, who improved to 5-3 overall and 4-3 in league play.