“As the league grows, the teams grow,” Smith said. “We didn’t want to be a league that just stands there with our hands out.”
Smith also said teams will “keep everything they make” from advertising, sponsorships, ticket sales and merchandise.
Another quirk for the league will be taking away a portion of what has been an integral part of the game — kicking. Smith said that while kickoffs will remain, there won’t be any punts or field goals; when defenses force a turnover on any down or make a stop on fourth down, they earn their team one point.
“We did tests and polls for this,” Smith said. “... A lot of fans hate kicking, and a lot of arenas make it tricky (because of low ceilings).”
Since the Rampage’s inception, the team has competed in the UIFL. In 2012, as a travel team that practiced in Calhoun, the team finished 1-6 overall. This spring, the Rampage went 3-5 and missed the postseason. The league planned to have seven teams this season, but lost the Miami Sting before the first game. Then the Sarasota (Fla.) Thunder had to cancel multiple games, including one against the Rampage.
In a previous interview with The Daily Citizen, Smith talked about indoor football franchises as a risky investment. He also said the Rampage’s first season in Dalton resulted in a financial loss.
Smith said the Rampage will also have a new website starting this afternoon, www.garampage.com.