Hudson Valley Fort

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Hudson Valley Fort
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Founded 2015
League Fall Experimental Football League (2015–present)
Team history Hudson Valley Fort (2015–present)
Based in Fishkill, New York
Stadium Dutchess Stadium
Colors Light Blue, Black, Silver, White
                   
Owner(s) Fall Experimental Football League
Hudson Valley Renegades
Head coach John Jenkins
General Manager John Jenkins
Championships 0
Conference titles 0
Division titles 0
Playoff berths 0

The Hudson Valley Fort is a team in the Fall Experimental Football League. The team is set to begin play in the 2015 season at Dutchess Stadium in Fishkill, New York.

History

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Fort's helmet (2015-present)

After the 2014 season, the FXFL announced that three of its four teams would begin sharing operations with teams in the New York–Penn League, a low-end minor league baseball circuit in the northeastern United States.[1] One of those teams, the Brooklyn Bolts, already fit that description, but the other three did not. Initially, it was assumed that the two other teams would be the Blacktips (a traveling team that had been unable to play in its originally announced home state of Florida) and the Boston Brawlers, who had the worst attendance, and that the Bolts and Omaha Mammoths (who had by far the league's best attendance and were also an on-field success) would remain in their cities.[2] Indeed, the Brawlers would relocate to Ohio and become the Mahoning Valley Brawlers that offseason, later being forced out of the league before the 2015 season began. However, in a somewhat surprise move, the league decided to keep the Blacktips and fold the Mammoths, claiming that the team would have had to sell even more tickets than they did to offset the travel costs.[3]

The Hudson Valley Fort were announced as members of the league on August 6, 2015. As with the Bolts and Brawlers, the Fort will be operated as a joint venture with the local NYPL franchise, the Hudson Valley Renegades. [4] On September 23, the Fort announced via Facebook that former Blacktips head coach, John Jenkins, would be the new general manager and head coach for 2015. Jenkins and several players quit the team midseason due to lack of payment, water and access to trainers; Robert Gordon replaced Jenkins for what would be the team's final game.[5] The league canceled the Fort's final game against the Blacktips, with the league citing the NFL trade deadline and independent observers noting that Dutchess Stadium had major safety concerns in its football configuration[6] and that the Blacktips were largely a paper team consisting of whoever the league could sign for any particular game.[7]

As the owner of Dutchess Stadium, Dutchess County has veto power over whether the Fort will return for the 2016 season, should the league survive. The county only offered the league a one-year "pilot" lease on the stadium; county executive Marcus Molinaro will review the results of the 2015 season before deciding if they will offer another lease.[8]

References

  1. Krispinsky, Chad (July 13, 2015). "FXFL franchise coming to the valley". http://wytv.com. LIN Television Corporation. Retrieved July 14, 2015. External link in |work= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "FXFL satisfied with mini-season".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Kaipust, Rich (July 19, 2015). FXFL's Omaha Mammoths football team not returning for second season. Omaha World-Herald. Retrieved July 30, 2015.
  4. Haynes, Stephen (August 6, 2015). "County brings pro football to Dutchess hoping fans follow". Poughkeepsie Journal. Retrieved August 6, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Hanrahan, Tom (October 18, 2015). "Partridge keeps firing away in FXFL". St. Joseph News Press. Retrieved November 20, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. Haynes, Stephen (November 4, 2015). "Hudson Valley Fort's season finale canceled". Retrieved November 20, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. Ex-Buc Josh Freeman tries to restart career in fledgling league. The New York Times. Retrieved October 5, 2015.
  8. Thomaselli, Rich. HUDSON VALLEY FORT: FXFL commissioner says issues have been resolved; County Exec Molinaro will “review and observe” before deciding on second season. Hudson Valley Sports Report. Retrieved November 21, 2015

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