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  Next Level Football League (2009)

Began organization in late summer of 2008.

Scott Gilliand (President/CEO)

Huborth Daily (Vice President/CFO)

Heather Hanson (Marketing)

Tim Watkins (Senior Executive)

Cedric Walker (Team Coordinator)

Karl Hanson (Team Development Manager)

Dave Proctor (Team Corporate Sponsorship)

Ben Lorenz (Sponsorship Sales)

Teams Advertised to be playing: **Never Existed


Tacoma Cobras

Roseburg Recon**

Seattle Defenders**

Bellingham Blitz

Eugene Extreme**

Portland Pioneers**

BC Spartans

McMinneville Bombers**

Hillsboro Hellcatz**


  2009 Schedule/Results (NO GAMES):  

TV Press Release NLFL and Comcast
Written by Administrator


Sunday, 31 August 2008 18:31


(August 20, 2008) – Comcast SportsNet has finalized an agreement with the Next Level Football League to broadcast the new leagues games on the network which serves viewers in Oregon and Washington. The comprehensive agreement further enhances the network’s growing lineup of Northwest sports programming that includes; The Portland Trail Blazers, University of Oregon Ducks, Portland State Vikings, University of Portland Pilots, Vancouver Canucks, SportsRise, SportsDay, and The FAN featuring Isaac and Big Suke. Comcast SportsNet’s Ken Lotka said, “With NLFL teams located across our footprint, the partnership allows us to continue to provide extensive sports programming and coverage to our viewers throughout the region.”

The NLFL Management Group is a collective of business and sports minded individuals who have formulated a financial team to finally bring the realization of professional football to cities and communities in and around the Northwest. Next Level Football League’s President Scott Gilliland said, “This deal with Comcast SportsNet will bring a high profile exciting level of live professional football to Northwest fans, and allow the NLFL to provide a true platform to showcase the abundance of talented football players who may not be ready for the NFL or CFL.”

The three year deal begins with the inaugural NLFL season slated to begin in Mid-May of 2009. The agreement includes live, tape delayed, and replay broadcasts of NLFL games on the network. Comcast SportsNet will also support the new league through an extensive promotional campaign.

About Comcast SportsNet
Comcast SportsNet operates 10 sports networks that cover more than 2,400 live sporting events annually and deliver comprehensive sports news and analysis to nearly 40 million cable and satellite homes. Comcast SportsNet's networks are: Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, Comcast SportsNet Chicago, Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, Comcast SportsNet New England, Comcast SportsNet Northwest, Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia, Comcast SportsNet West, SNY, The Mtn. - MountainWest Sports Network, and CSS. These networks provide live game coverage of 18 professional teams as well as college, minor league and other sports. For more information see ComcastSportsNet.com. About the Next Level Football League, Next Level Football League will consist of 10 teams throughout Oregon and Washington encompassing such communities as Spokane, Medford, Bellingham, Portland-Seattle Metro, Tri-Cities, Yakima, Klamath Falls, Bend and Bremerton.


Casey Waage (Comcast SportsNet): 503-736-5146, cwaage@comcastsportsnet.com

President Scott Gilliland (Next Level Football League): 503-348-6599, info@nlflfootball.com



**As expected by many, this league never got off the ground.  Instead, Tom Abbott of the Bellingham Blitz convinced Mike Erickson, longtime owner of the Oregon Thunderbolts to buy into a new league and along with the Tacoma Cobras formed the "Professional Developmental Football League".  The were able to convince Wes Fisher of the Snohomish County Vikings to come along for the ride as this semi pro league tried to make the transition to a pay league in 2010.  They were successful and the PDFL opened play in 2009 with 4 teams.  Far short of the 8-10 the NLFL brass had boasted to have "under contract" and sold to Comcast..