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Omaha Heads in New Direction
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November 17, 2004 - Today Omaha Beef Football is pleased to announce its alignment with the United Indoor Football Association, a newly formed indoor football league scheduled to begin play in March 2005.

Eleven other teams will join Omaha in the inaugural year of United Indoor Football; Rapid City, South Dakota - Sioux Falls, South Dakota - Sioux City, Iowa - Peoria, Illinois - Dayton, Ohio - Wheeling, West Virginia - Ft. Wayne, Indiana - Evansville, Indiana - Tupelo Mississippi - Huntsville, Alabama and Lexington, Kentucky.

United Indoor Football features three former league champions and five former conference champions. Eight of the 12 teams have at least four years of operating experience.

"We are not working to be the biggest, we are working to be the best," said Jay Noddle. "The focus of this new league is quality and efficiency and it will establish true rivalries within the region."

The inaugural year schedule will feature 15 regular season games beginning in March with playoffs to follow in July.

League Management will feature owners working as partners off the field, rather than competitors. Committees have already been formed on all major areas of operation. A non-affiliated executive director and a full office staff have been hired through an independent sports-marketing and management firm. There will be a comprehensive search for a non-partisan, non-affiliated, non-biased commissioner soon.

United Indoor Football will open with three divisions; North, Midwest and South. Each division will feature four teams. Omaha is aligned with Rapid City, Sioux Falls and Sioux City in the North. The other two divisions feature Peoria, Dayton, Ft. Wayne and Wheeling in the Midwest and Evansville, Tupelo, Huntsville and Lexington in the South.

The game will feature much of the same rules Beef fans are currently accustomed to. There will be no end zone nets, the playing field will be 50 yards long and surrounded by padded walls, touchdowns will be worth 6 points and field goals will be worth 3 point, players will not be required to play both offense & defense, four downs will be given to secure a first down and blitzing will be allowed on defense.

The 2005 season will mark the 6th season for the Beef at the (Slaughterhouse) Omaha Civic Auditorium. Player tryouts are scheduled for December 18 & 19, Prime Dancer tryouts are scheduled for December 11 & 12, National Anthem auditions are scheduled for December 4 and a Rump Roaster sign-up meeting is scheduled for November 20th.

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