RAFL President Charles McGill
Staff Reporter February 10 2009
RUNNEMEDE (NJ) – The Regional Atlantic Football League held its league meeting Saturday February 7. We caught up with League President Charles McGill, who graciously answered some questions about 2008, and shedding some insight into the future of the RAFL.
PSN: How do you feel the 2008 season went for the RAFL?
Charles McGill: 2008 was a great year for the RAFL. We (the league) had some difficulty at the start, but we rebounded strong. Every week we had some surprising wins, teams elevated their games after challenging starts, and we had a great championship game, all together made for an exciting year.
PSN: Were there any teams that surprised you with their season?
Charles McGill: Yes, the New Jersey Spartans (based in Newark) were a surprise, as a first year program they showed a great deal of heart and determination each week. They battled in every game, refusing the status of a bye week for any team. Another surprise was the Hudson County Bounty Hunters (Jersey City), after starting of with a few losses they rebounded and made an impressive run to the playoffs. The New Jersey Warriors (New Brunswick) started the season 0-4 but ended the season with six wins, a division championship and a playoff win. The nationally recognized Brooklyn Mariners suffered three losses in the regular season last year. Even though they righted the ship and won the championship, the regular season showed the type of competition in the RAFL.
PSN: With the growth that 2008 brought, is the RAFL looking for further expansion in 2009?
Charles McGill: Yes, we are looking expand in 2009. We are not trying to be the biggest league, one of our goals is strengthening our divisions by working with the teams we currently have as well as the few we may vote in this season.
PSN: Are there plans for a certain amount of teams?
Charles McGill: We currently have about 20 requests for entry. We may not keep all 20 of these teams everything depends on the vote after the presentations.
PSN: Will the RAFL’s format still be North versus South, or will the League be looking to go with more of a conference format, to help balance out the league?
Charles McGill: We are keeping the same North versus South format we are working on developing a Virginia Division, in hopes of strengthening our southern divisions.
PSN: Last year the RAFL had several teams sponsored by associated with former NFL players, are there plans for more former or current NFL players to become associated with the RAFL?
Charles McGill: Yes, there are plans to include more relationships with former NFL players and the RAFL teams. We offer them a chance to own or serve on boards and help keep football going at this level, I have spoken to Lance Johnstone of the Oakland Raiders, and Eric Swann discussing the possibility about bringing teams into the RAFL.
PSN: Are there players that have made the jump from the RAFL to teams that pay?
Charles McGill: Yes, several players have signed contracts in the AIFL and Arena 2.
PSN: Are there any major events that the league will be sponsoring?
Charles McGill: The League will be sponsoring a 2009 season Kickoff in May. The event jumps off at BBQ’s in New York City. We will hold a Kickoff Jamboree the same day primarily as a showcase for our new teams.
PSN: What are the future goals for the RAFL?
Charles McGill: Once the divisions stabilize and operate precisely, there are no plans to accept new applications. We will begin focusing on corporate sponsorship for the league and assisting each member team in the process of developing and implementing plans geared toward securing corporate sponsorship.
If 2008 is any indication, 2009 will provide another great year of football excitement in the RAFL. PSN looks forward to the challenge of continued reporting on the New Jersey Wolves (Plainfield) and the New Jersey Warriors. We would like to thank President McGill for taking time and participating in this interview. Good luck in 2009.
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