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Brooklyn Bolts
Founded2014
LeagueFall Experimental Football League (FXFL) (2014–2016)
Team historyBrooklyn Bolts (2014–2016)
StadiumMCU Park
Based inBrooklyn, New York City, New York
Team colorsBlack, Yellow, Grey
              
OwnerFXFL (Owned)
Brooklyn Cyclones (Operated)
Head coachTerry Shea
Championships2 (2014, 2015)
Division titles0

The Brooklyn Bolts were a professional American football team based in Brooklyn, New York City, New York. They were a charter member of the Fall Experimental Football League (FXFL), which was trying to become the developmental league for the National Football League. They played their home games at MCU Park.

HistoryEdit

In August 2014, it was announced that Brooklyn was awarded a franchise for the upcoming 2014 season of the Fall Experimental Football League (FXFL).[1]

All of the teams in the league are owned by the FXFL, but local Minor League Baseball franchises are responsible for the operations of each team. The Bolts worked in conjunction with the Brooklyn Cyclones who play at MCU Park on Coney Island. By playing its games in Brooklyn, the Bolts became the first outdoor professional football team to play in New York City proper since 1983, when the New York Jets left Shea Stadium. (Two short-lived arena football teams, 1988's Knights and 1997's CityHawks, also played in the city; otherwise, all professional teams claiming to represent the city have played in either New Jersey or Long Island.)

On July 10, 2015, the league confirmed the Bolts would return for the 2015 season.[2] Former NFL quarterback Josh Freeman played for the Bolts for the 2015 season and then signed with the Indianapolis Colts and started the Colts' final regular season game of 2015.

In early August 2016, Brooklyn Baseball Banter, a site that covers the Brooklyn Cyclones, reported that the Cyclones' front office was about to pull the plug on the Bolts and the FXFL at MCU Park, as the league had not contacted the Cyclones regarding a third season (the Cyclones were prepared to bring back the Bolts if the league was prepared to play).[3] A few weeks later the site reported that Cyclones' management had stated that the league had canceled the 2016 season and that the Bolts had folded and put remaining fan merchandise on discount clearance.[4] In the spring of 2017, former FXFL commissioner Brain Woods re-emerged as CEO of a new circuit called The Spring League; its business model was different from the FXFL's, as the teams no longer have set home cities or distinctive identities.

In December 2016, Woods was reported to be considering bringing the Bolts or Blacktips back to play in an indoor league and is eyeing the Arena Football League, National Arena League, Champions Indoor Football and Indoor Football League.[5] [6]

CoachesEdit

For the 2014 season, veteran NFL player John Bock was named as head coach of Bolts. Joining Bock on the Brooklyn Bolts staff were former NFL players Marvin Jones, James Brown, Nate Poole, Deon Dyer,Kelvin Kinney and defensive coordinator Joey Smith. Former NFL head coach and defensive coordinator Rod Rust served as a consultant to the Bolts. Also serving as coaching consultants were Don Strock, Danny Hope and Fred O’ Connor. Offensive coordinator Wayne Anderson Jr. is the former assistant head coach of the SoCal Coyotes, a semi-pro developmental team located near Palm Springs, California.[7]

For the 2015 season, Terry Shea, who had spent the previous season as head coach of the Boston Brawlers, was installed as head coach.[8]

Final rosterEdit

Template:Brooklyn Bolts roster

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Brooklyn Gets Team In New Fall Experimental Football League". www.newyork.cbslocal.com. CBS Local Media. August 21, 2014. http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2014/08/21/brooklyn-gets-team-in-new-fall-experimental-football-league/. Retrieved October 8, 2014.
  2. Krispinsky, Chad (July 10 2015). FXFL franchise coming to the Valley. WYTV. Retrieved July 13, 2015.
  3. SOURCE: “Team Ready to Pull the Plug on Bolts” Script error, Daniel S. Weiss, brooklyn baseball banter
  4. The Experiment Has Failed; FXFL Ceases Operations Script error, Daniel S. Weiss, Brooklyn Baseball Banter, August 30, 2016
  5. SOURCE: Bolts Could Make Move to Arena Football Script error, Daniel S. Weiss, Brooklyn Baseball Banter, December 15, 2016
  6. Former FXFL teams to head indoors?, Derek Harper and Aaron Castete, Arena Football Talk, December December 16, 2016
  7. Rizk, Gabriel (August 14, 2014). "PALM SPRINGS: SoCal Coyotes football ready to run wild". Press Enterprise (Riverside County, California). http://www.pe.com.
  8. http://www.oursportscentral.com/services/releases/?id=5049165

External linksEdit

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