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|Zach|
08-08-2011, 10:22 PM
http://www.gameplancreative.com/clients/efli/efli_launch/index.html

http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/193850/20110807/pro-football-india-efl-mumbai-pune-ditka-irvin.htm



Globalization and cross-cultural currents sometime takes unexpected and bizarre steps.

A U.S. group of executives and ex-athletes seek to bring American-style football to India.

The Elite Football League (EFL) of India is expecting to launch its inaugural season in November 2012, with eight teams across the sub-continent.

The league has the backing and financial support of some very prominent names from the National Football League in the U.S.: Hall of Famer and legendary Chicago Bears coach, Mike Ditka; Hall of Fame Dallas Cowboy wide receiver Michael Irvin; former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Ron Jaworski, and current NFL linebacker Brandon Chillar, who is himself of Indian descent.

Co-owner Jaworski will serve as the EFL's director.

The league’s principal investor is Richard Scheer, vice president of Strategic Alliances, who also co-owns the Chicago Rush team in the Arena Football League with Ditka.

The initial eight teams will be: the Mumbai Gladiators, the Pune Black Tigers, the Delhi Defenders, the Kolkata Vipers, the Hyderabad Skykings, the Goa Swarm, the Punjab Warriors, and the Bhubaneshwar Warhawks.

Scheer has great ambitions for the Indian league, claiming it could expand to 45 teams over the next few years.

"I envision that in three years, the EFL will be bigger [in India] than the NFL [is in the United States]," Scheer told reporters.

Reportedly, India’s biggest media conglomerate, Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd., has expressed serious interest in broadcasting the EFL’s games. In fact, they have signed a letter of intent to televise 33 regular season games and three playoff games to an estimated 500-million potential viewers in India, Sri Lanka, The Maldive Islands, Bangladesh, Nepal, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, and Pakistan.

The government’s Sports Authority of India (SAI) has also endorsed the league.

"India is beyond doubt a great market for the sports and entertainment sectors," EFL's chief executive Richard Whelan said at a news conference.
"A concept like [EFL] presents a huge opportunity and the perfect platform for brands to get visibility and reach out to their potential customers."

Last September, V. Bhandarkar of the SAI Training Centre in Mumbai signed a letter to provide playing facilities and any other amenities "for the promotion of American football and…to give technical expertise during the process of screening, assessment and evaluation of sports persons and coaches… so as to establish a strong base to propagate and develop this premier sports in urban and rural India."

One possible playing field could be the Shri Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex located at Balewadi, Pune, near Mumbai. Built in 1994, the facility can hold more than 20,000 spectators.

However, there are questions about this grand experiment – namely, where will the league find adequate players and coaches? Despite India’s vast population, the country has no history of playing of even following American-style football.
Plus, there are concerns about how popular the league – assuming it gets off the ground – will be?

It may attract a large following at the beginning as a novelty – but how can that be sustained into true fandom?

Reportedly, Dr. G.V. Pargaonkar, the principal of the Bombay Physical Culture Association's College of Physical Education, which is affiliated with the University of Mumbai, agreed in April to develop players and coaching staff for the EFL.

Whelan added: "We felt that India didn't have enough games or sport to watch on television and thus see a huge potential here. We are training coaches from athletics, volleyball and wrestling and hope to be ready for the first season in time."

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Buck
08-08-2011, 10:23 PM
REPOS

chefsos
08-08-2011, 10:25 PM
[Insert joke about outsourcing NFL Players Association jobs here]

|Zach|
08-08-2011, 10:27 PM
The branding and design is pretty impressive. I don't understand much about cricket so I don't know how weird of a culture shock and change watching or understanding football would be for their peeps.

Ebolapox
08-08-2011, 10:28 PM
some of those logos are freaking BOSS

|Zach|
08-08-2011, 10:29 PM
some of those logos are freaking BOSS

Agreed.

KcMizzou
08-08-2011, 10:29 PM
some of those logos are freaking BOSSSeriously.

BigMeatballDave
08-08-2011, 10:32 PM
Not bad. That tiger logo is the shit.

Cephalic Trauma
08-08-2011, 10:33 PM
Not bad. That tiger logo is the shit.

The Swarm one is pretty badass as well.

|Zach|
08-08-2011, 10:33 PM
I am not a fan of the helmet but before the team is even made I am going to go ahead and plant my flag as a fan of the Delphi Defenders.

:thumb:

stevieray
08-08-2011, 10:34 PM
great artwork. like the gladiators, along with those already mentioned.

Ebolapox
08-08-2011, 10:35 PM
I mean... on the real, I'd def. buy merchandise with those logos

(and to take this post from serious to bullshit...)

I'd buy a blanket with the warhawks' logo and fuck frankie's mother while on it. I would wipe my ass with it, wipe the cum off of her titties, and then use it to dab the blood from the back of her head after I donkey punch her repeatedly.

KcMizzou
08-08-2011, 10:35 PM
I am not a fan of the helmet but before the team is even made I am going to go ahead and plant my flag as a fan of the Delphi Defenders.

:thumb:It's Delhi, n00b.

|Zach|
08-08-2011, 10:36 PM
It's Delhi, n00b.

Yea, it looks like I have a long way to go.

chefsos
08-08-2011, 10:38 PM
It's Delhi, n00b.LMAO I'm now hearing the word "n00b" with an Indian accent.

|Zach|
08-08-2011, 10:38 PM
BTW Buck, thanks for your contribution to this thread.

Misplaced_Chiefs_Fan
08-08-2011, 10:39 PM
So, when is Kyle setting up Bhubaneswar Planet?

Come on, Austin Chief, you've always wanted to be an international mogul. Here's your chance.

:BLVD:

Rain Man
08-08-2011, 10:41 PM
I'm torn between being a fan of the Punjab Warriors (great helmet design) or the Bhubaneswar Warhawks, because I have no idea where Bhubaneswar is.

|Zach|
08-08-2011, 10:43 PM
I'm torn between being a fan of the Punjab Warriors (great helmet design) or the Bhubaneswar Warhawks, because I have no idea where Bhubaneswar is.

2016′N 8550′E

Buck
08-08-2011, 10:43 PM
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|Zach|
08-08-2011, 10:43 PM
So who is in for an Indian Football Fantasy league next year. Yea? Yea?

Misplaced_Chiefs_Fan
08-08-2011, 10:43 PM
I'm torn between being a fan of the Punjab Warriors (great helmet design) or the Bhubaneswar Warhawks, because I have no idea where Bhubaneswar is.

Oh, come on. It's right next to the Chandaka Forest and Elephant Reserve.

I thought everyone knew that. :harumph:

|Zach|
08-08-2011, 10:44 PM
Oh, come on. It's right next to the Chandaka Forest and Elephant Reserve.

I thought everyone knew that. :harumph:

Yea, I am embarrassed for Rain Man right now.

Misplaced_Chiefs_Fan
08-08-2011, 10:45 PM
Seriously, those are some cool logos.

KCtotheSB
08-08-2011, 10:53 PM
First one on the list for expansion? The Temple of Doom Tech Support

Rain Man
08-08-2011, 11:04 PM
Yea, I am embarrassed for Rain Man right now.

Ohhhh, Bhubaneswar. I misread it and thought it was Bhobaneswar.

Mr_Tomahawk
08-08-2011, 11:07 PM
eff'n bhubaneswar ftw!

Chocolate Hog
08-08-2011, 11:13 PM
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BigMeatballDave
08-08-2011, 11:16 PM
RNope. Clays thread is invalid do to a lack of awesome logos.

chefsos
08-08-2011, 11:25 PM
RThat's always funny as the first reply to a reposted thread. As the 28th? Not so much...

Rain Man
08-08-2011, 11:35 PM
eff'n bhubaneswar ftw!

I can't wait to hear their cheerleaders chant, "Give us a bhub!"

Thig Lyfe
08-08-2011, 11:42 PM
A bunch of semi-professional football teams in India have awesome logos while the Oklahoma City Thunder, an NBA team that recently made it to the Western Conference Finals, has this piece of shit:

http://s3.ibeatyou.com/3580_pg_1248759982.gif

THAT AIN'T RIGHT

CHENZ A!
08-09-2011, 12:14 AM
I am not a fan of the helmet but before the team is even made I am going to go ahead and plant my flag as a fan of the Delphi Defenders.

:thumb:

LMAO was thinking the same thing. They gotta badass griffon as their mascot! go Delhi!

listopencil
08-09-2011, 12:19 AM
some of those logos are freaking BOSS

Yep. I am torn between the Pune Blacktigers and the Kolkata Vipers. Punjab Warriors is kinda cool too.

SLAG
08-09-2011, 12:22 AM
Bombay Bombardiers sounds better
Bombay Bushwhackers
Bombay Ball washers

Thig Lyfe
08-09-2011, 12:25 AM
Damn, I really can't pick a favorite. My favorite color scheme is probably the Skykings, but the Swarm might have the coolest logo. They're all good.

The Bunk
08-09-2011, 12:32 AM
Guess I'll go with Kolkata Diapers. Probably the closest thing to being a Chiefs fan.

listopencil
08-09-2011, 12:39 AM
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-2oL_YZyyFZc/TjzF7quQKSI/AAAAAAAAA80/yMVuVF5A4ew/s320/efli-logos.jpg

listopencil
08-09-2011, 12:47 AM
All right. I'm done. It's the Pune Black Tigers for me. I need a hat, possibly a shirt, then I need to find out who our QB is. Pretty much the same way I approach the Broncos seasons since John Elway left.

Baconeater
08-09-2011, 12:50 AM
Bleh. It looks like a bunch of World League crap. But then again, most of the NFL logos are pretty lame as well.

CHENZ A!
08-09-2011, 12:51 AM
All right. I'm done. It's the Pune Black Tigers for me. I need a hat, possibly a shirt, then I need to find out who our QB is. Pretty much the same way I approach the Broncos seasons since John Elway left.

You look even fatter in orange, bitch.

listopencil
08-09-2011, 12:53 AM
You look even fatter in orange, bitch.

Suck my Black Tiger.

RippedmyFlesh
08-09-2011, 01:34 AM
I know who I don't like.
Mumbai Gladiators= raider wanna be's

Misplaced_Chiefs_Fan
08-09-2011, 10:02 AM
Personally, I'm going with the Goa Swarm.

ct
08-09-2011, 10:09 AM
Delhi Llamas, gotta go w/ that!

ct
08-09-2011, 10:10 AM
Punjab Tang

jspchief
08-09-2011, 10:12 AM
So do you think they'll have generic American names on the backs of their jerseys?

gblowfish
08-09-2011, 10:41 AM
That Tiger logo puts the Bengals to shame. Very cool.
How to you say "HeHateMe" in Hindu?

Dayze
08-09-2011, 11:06 AM
as others have said, the logos/designs are really good. wow.

better than a majority of the NFL teams.

Dayze
08-09-2011, 11:12 AM
any one of those logos beat the shit out of any of these NFL logos/helmets:

Cowboys
Bengals
Broncos
Rams
Titans
Saints
Dolphins

gblowfish
08-09-2011, 11:26 AM
So, which team will Larry Johnson end up on?

listopencil
08-06-2013, 03:16 PM
Here's an update:

http://img.gawkerassets.com/img/18vwn1q82monmjpg/ku-xlarge.jpg

listopencil
08-06-2013, 03:20 PM
OK, my team apparently got changed from the Pune BlackTigers to the Pune Marathas. Therefore, under the bylaws of pro football fandom, I am switching to the Pakistan Wolfpack:

http://www.efli.com/images/photos/helmets/Wolfpak-Helmets.jpg

listopencil
08-06-2013, 03:21 PM
Here you go:

http://www.efli.com/photos/helmets

Flachief58
08-06-2013, 04:07 PM
<iframe width="420" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/aa4rN8FRZ_Q" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

Saul Good
08-06-2013, 04:12 PM
OK, my team apparently got changed from the Pune BlackTigers to the Pune Marathas. Therefore, under the bylaws of pro football fandom, I am switching to the Pakistan Wolfpack:

http://www.efli.com/images/photos/helmets/Wolfpak-Helmets.jpg

Wolfpackistan?

Dayze
08-06-2013, 04:18 PM
that part of the world is so clueless they spell "Schutt" wrong on the back of the helmets.

CHENZ A!
08-06-2013, 04:42 PM
My team.. The Delhi Defenders are leading the league in points scored... And they have 3 guys named Sandeep Kumar. That's got to count for something.

Count Alex's Losses
08-06-2013, 04:45 PM
Here's an update:

http://img.gawkerassets.com/img/18vwn1q82monmjpg/ku-xlarge.jpg

Tebow is right handed?

Saul Good
08-06-2013, 05:04 PM
Tebow is right handed?

That would explain a lot.

Rain Man
08-06-2013, 05:54 PM
The lightest player in the league is Kolkata RB Sanjib Mallick, at 5'7" and 114 pounds.

http://www.efli.com/teams/east-division/kolkata-vipers/roster/8

listopencil
08-06-2013, 05:58 PM
Wolfpackistan?

I'm thinking some kind of cross between The Green Bay Packers and Pakistan. Then add wolves. It's bad ass. I kind of want a t-shirt and a hat now.

Flachief58
08-06-2013, 05:59 PM
The lightest player in the league is Kolkata RB Sanjib Mallick, at 5'7" and 114 pounds.

http://www.efli.com/teams/east-division/kolkata-vipers/roster/8

So that's how they spell Dexter McCluster in Kolkata

listopencil
08-06-2013, 05:59 PM
Tebow is right handed?

Yes. Apparently so. And he sports the number 51 now. Or 21. Not really sure. Maybe Z1?

big nasty kcnut
08-06-2013, 07:00 PM
It's like finding out that mexico plays football.

Shogun
08-06-2013, 07:08 PM
Sky Kings crew checking in

KcMizzou
08-06-2013, 07:10 PM
That would explain a lot.LMAO

This cracked me up.

Shogun
08-06-2013, 07:10 PM
http://www.efli.com/scores-and-stats/offensive-leaders/rushing/player/87

Over 7YPC!

Bring him in for a look!

Rain Man
08-06-2013, 07:27 PM
It'd be tough to be an announcer for Hyderabad.

"It's a screen pass to Samaradiwakada. Oh, and he's got Karunathilaka and Priydharshana out in front! Great blocking downfield by Godigamuwa and Bakmeedinaya and Amarathunga! Touchdowwwwwwn Samaradiwakada!"

I wonder if we could send Emmitt Smith and Michael Irvin over there for an announcing internship. That'd be a blast.

KcMizzou
08-06-2013, 07:33 PM
It'd be tough to be an announcer for Hyderabad.

"It's a screen pass to Samaradiwakada. Oh, and he's got Karunathilaka and Priydharshana out in front! Great blocking downfield by Godigamuwa and Bakmeedinaya and Amarathunga! Touchdowwwwwwn Samaradiwakada!"

I wonder if we could send Emmitt Smith and Michael Irvin over there for an announcing internship. That'd be a blast.I'd be interested in what nicknames Holthus would come up with...

Brando
08-06-2013, 07:33 PM
I say we send over a coked up Dexter Manley to see how up to snuff they are.

Flachief58
08-06-2013, 07:36 PM
It'd be tough to be an announcer for Hyderabad.

"It's a screen pass to Samaradiwakada. Oh, and he's got Karunathilaka and Priydharshana out in front! Great blocking downfield by Godigamuwa and Bakmeedinaya and Amarathunga! Touchdowwwwwwn Samaradiwakada!"

I wonder if we could send Emmitt Smith and Michael Irvin over there for an announcing internship. That'd be a blast.

Thannon Tharp would be AWESOME!

wazu
08-06-2013, 10:37 PM
The Kolkata Vipers have played one game and lost 32-0. By loudly declaring their ineptitude right out of the gate like this they have won my fandom.

dred
08-06-2013, 11:20 PM
I am jumping on the Pune Black Tiger's bandwagon.

Mainly because I like to jump on Pune.

J Diddy
08-06-2013, 11:30 PM
I'd be interested in what nicknames Holthus would come up with...

Indian centaur.

The Viper

The Kush

cdcox
08-07-2013, 12:26 AM
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-2oL_YZyyFZc/TjzF7quQKSI/AAAAAAAAA80/yMVuVF5A4ew/s320/efli-logos.jpg

Obvious ripoffs

Falcons Lions
Georgia Tech Seahawks (colors and Kingdome)
Vikings Raiders
Bengals Saints

Guru
08-07-2013, 06:13 AM
So who do they call for tech support?

theelusiveeightrop
08-07-2013, 06:34 AM
To the tech support watchtower

Thig Lyfe
08-07-2013, 10:19 AM
It's like finding out that mexico plays football.

Good one.

CHENZ A!
08-07-2013, 01:01 PM
It's like finding out that mexico plays football.

http:// http://postimg.org/image/r1scdyapv/

Rausch
08-07-2013, 01:07 PM
I am jumping on the Pune Black Tiger's bandwagon.

Mainly because I like to jump on Pune.

Punjab Warriors.

I want a jersey...:D

houstonwhodat
08-07-2013, 01:24 PM
You know they don't use toilet paper in India right?

They think it's disgusting so they use their LEFT HAND.

If you want to offend someone from India touch them with your left hand and they will RUN.

And they don't have regular toilets either they squat over a hole.

Even in the airport.

KILLER_CLOWN
08-07-2013, 01:35 PM
You know they don't use toilet paper in India right?

They think it's disgusting so they use their LEFT HAND.

If you want to offend someone from India touch them with your left hand and they will RUN.

And they don't have regular toilets either they squat over a hole.

Even in the airport.

I hear Drew Brees is the same way.

Rausch
08-07-2013, 01:37 PM
You know they don't use toilet paper in India right?

They think it's disgusting so they use their LEFT HAND.

If you want to offend someone from India touch them with your left hand and they will RUN.

And they don't have regular toilets either they squat over a hole.

Even in the airport.

You have a dog?