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Jersey Flight
Established 2017
Play in Trenton, New Jersey
at the CURE Insurance Arena
JerseyFlightFootball.com
League/conference affiliations
*American Arena League (2018–present)
    • Northern Division (2019–present)
Team colorsPurple, gold, silver, white
                   
Personnel
Head coachNick Coppola
Team history
Jersey Flight (2018–present)
Championships
League championships (0)
Conference championships (0)
Division championships (0)
Playoff appearances (1)
*2019
Home arena(s)
*CURE Insurance Arena (2018–present)

The Jersey Flight are a professional indoor football team based in Trenton, New Jersey, as a member of the American Arena League (AAL).[1] They are owned by New Flight Enterprises, LLC, and play at the CURE Insurance Arena as their home arena.

History

The Jersey Flight were announced to be joining the National Arena League (NAL) at a press conference on March 20, 2017. Jersey Flight Football, Inc., was reported to be the first 100% African-American-owned professional sports franchise in the state of New Jersey.[2] The Flight announced the franchise's first head coach would be Jake Grande, former assistant coach and defensive coordinator of the Jacksonville Sharks. The owners heavily pursued sponsors and partnerships in order to pay for multiple years of stability.[3] However, the team did not meet the NAL's updated minimum obligations prior to the release of the 2018 schedule in December 2017 and was subsequently removed from the league without playing a game.[4] A few days later, the Flight announced they had joined the recently formed American Arena League (AAL) for the 2018 season.

After two games played, owners Samuel Davis, Jr. and Kyna Felder-Ruiz were arrested for tax fraud on April 13, 2018.[5] The team finished the season with an official record of 5–3.

In December 2018, the team announced William Thomas as the new general manager and Adam Turkel as head coach for the 2019 season.[6] On March 1, 2019, Turkel was informed he had been let go and claimed the team was folding. However, the Flight announced on March 10 they were playing under new ownership and Nick Coppola had been named head coach.[7] The new ownership was later revealed as New Flight Enterprises, LLC. led by Jay Sababu with operations managed by Willard Stanback.[8]

References

  1. "JERSEY FLIGHT FOOTBALL, INC. Announces kick-off of the Jersey Flight Arena Football Team". Gloucester City News. March 10, 2017. http://www.gloucestercitynews.net/clearysnotebook/2017/03/jersey-flight-football-inc-announces-kick-off-of-the-jersey-flight-arena-football-team.html.
  2. "Jersey Flight Football, Inc. is pleased to announce the kick-off of the Jersey Flight Football Team". National Arena League. March 20, 2017. http://www.nationalarenaleague.com/news-m/196-jersey-flight-football-inc-is-pleased-to-announce-the-kick-off-of-the-jersey-flight-football-team.html.
  3. "New arena football team looks to take ‘flight’ in New Jersey". New Jersey 101.5. May 26, 2017. http://nj1015.com/new-arena-football-team-looks-to-take-flight-in-new-jersey/.
  4. "NAL SET TO BEGIN PLAY IN APRIL - League Schedule to be Released This Week". December 13, 2017. http://www.nationalarenaleague.com/news-m/383-nal-set-to-begin-play-in-april-league-schedule-to-be-released-this-week.html.
  5. "Trenton’s arena football owners get arrested, charged with federal tax fraud". The Trentonian. April 13, 2018. http://www.trentonian.com/article/TT/20180413/NEWS/180419880.
  6. "LockedIN On Arena Football Dec 7". December 7, 2018. http://lockedinmagazine.com/lockedin-on-arena-football-dec-7/.
  7. "Flight announce new ownership, head coach". March 10, 2019. https://thecapitalsportsreport.com/2019/03/10/flight-announce-new-ownership-head-coach/.
  8. "With a Short Runway and New Pilots, Jersey Flight Takes Off for Season 2". April 12, 2019. https://jerseyflightfootball.com/with-a-short-runway-and-new-pilots-jersey-flight-takes-off-for-season-2/.

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