The Indoor Professional Football League (IPFL)
was the new incarnation of the Professional Indoor Football League
(PIFL), which started in 1998
. Two of its teams (the Madison Mad Dogs
and the Green Bay Bombers
) left the league and their owner, Kerry Ecklund
, founded the Indoor Football League
. The IPFL led a troubled three year existence, and died after its 2001
season, with its most successful teams joining up with the National Indoor Football League
The IPFL was unique among indoor football leagues in that it sanctioned the use of a white football, manufactured by Rawlings, which was easier to see in the artificial lighting conditions.
Ironically, the league's slogan was "Great Football, No Gimmicks.", but most fans saw the white football as precisely that, a "gimmick".
In 1999, IPFL was headed by a new commissioner, Mike Storen, and the league offices were moved to Atlanta.
IPFL 1999 teams
Announced for the 1999 season, but never joined: Tucson Mirage & Syracuse Blitz
IPFL 2000 teams
IPFL 2001 teams
Announced for the 2002 season, but never joined: Fort Wayne Safari