Lingerie Football League coming to Minneapolis

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Girls in garters are headed for the Target Center.
Last night, it was announced that a controversial sports league has inked a deal with Target Center and Minneapolis is the lucky 11th burg to win a franchise.

That's right, the Lingerie Football League is here.

"We truly understand the sheer amount of people that are sport fanatics in the greater Twin Cities area," says league founder Mitchell Mortaza. "We would be foolish not to place a franchise there."

The league got its start in 2009. Teams play 7-on-7 full contact football, and players wear, yes, naught but garters and lingerie under their shoulder pads. The women also wear clear-front helmets so fans can see their pretty, pretty faces.

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The Dallas Desire versus the San Diego Seduction.
Shockingly, Mortaza's brainchild has generated plenty of controversy. In addition to fielding the obvious charge that the sport degrades women (leaked player contracts include an "accidental nudity" clause) some players have complained that their medical costs aren't covered. And last November, the mayor of Oklahoma City put the kibosh on a new franchise by banning lingerie football in any city-owned venue. Mortaza says he's not particularly worried about a Twin Cities backlash.

"We know how progessive it is up here," says Mortaza of any potential opposition. "Will we get a small contingency? Absolutely."

As we speak, league officials are hammering out a schedule for tryouts, which will be held somewhere in Minneapolis and are open to the public. In mid-April, 35 lucky lasses will be invited to training camp and the roster will be cut to 14 active players and 6 alternates. They're also on the hunt for ex-NFL coaches and prospective owners.

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Colin Young-Wolff, LA Weekly
The Los Angeles Temptation ham it up during a game against the Chicago Bliss.
Cleveland, Las Vegas, and--of course--Green Bay are getting new teams this fall, too.

The forthcoming team is unnamed and the LFL is asking for suggestions. The name that is submitted the most times will win, and whoever suggested it first gets lifetime season tickets.

If the name game is any indication, says Mortaza, lingerie football has the blizzard people enthused. Since news broke about the new team last night, 7,400 name submissions have already poured in, more than in any other franchise naming contest. Green Bay only has 2,000 so far.

Front runners include the Minnesota Maidens, the Minnesota Vixens, and the Minnesota Valkyries.

"I just actually Googled it," says Mortaza. "'A host female figure who decided who will die in battle.' It was the first I'd heard of it."

We're curious how the Minnesota Vixens, the country's longest running women's football team, feels about all this . . .



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Alicia
Alicia

Seriously.......shouldn't we be concerned about our current teams issues? Women always set themselves back about 10 years every time I turn around, and then complain about men disrespecting them. Are the Vikings going to play ass naked next?

Brian
Brian

Minnesota Snow Bunnies

Come on people this is Minnesota!!!!!

Nick
Nick

Let me put this naming thing to rest: They should be called The MN VIQUEENS.

Ryan Hogan
Ryan Hogan

Finally, championship caliber professional football comes to downtown Mpls!

Anonymous
Anonymous

Stealing the MN Vixens name would be the worst idea ever. The MN Vixen have been here for over 13 years and they're a REAL football team.

Juggley
Juggley

Only American's would watch this crap - and then complain the bitches want a new stadium!

David Miller
David Miller

This is the best news I have seen in a long time.

Noneyabiz
Noneyabiz

DUMB. i can't imagine this will be exciting for more than one "game".

annonymous
annonymous

Make the NFL players play without their jersey's and I have no problem with this league. Perhaps a shirtless Brett Favre would've filled the metrodome??.........

vitajex
vitajex

I don't like it and here's why- the same reason I dislike all women's sports:

Overly rigorous gender-testing.

I don't think I'll ever get to realize my dream of being tackled by a beautiful woman wearing only a garter belt...

Hold that flag, Mr. Official! That roughness was DEFINITELY necessary...

anon
anon

That's football you could pack the Metrodome for, haha.

What?
What?

This has to be the lamest thing I have ever heard of...

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