The European League of Football (ELF) has agreed a new deal with the National Football League (NFL) to acquire the naming rights of former NFL Europa teams.
The deal sees the Hamburg Sea Devils and the Frankfurt Galaxy become franchises in the ELF as it prepares for its inaugural season in June.
Both teams formerly played in the NFL Europa league, which shut down in 2007 having been in operation for 16 years but suffered US$30 million losses annually.
Other teams competing in the ELF include, the Barcelona Gladiators, German Knights 1367 Niedersachsen, Ingolstadt Praetorians, Stuttgart Scorpions and the Wroclaw Panthers, as well as a Berlin franchise.
“We would like to thank the NFL for giving us the green light after very constructive talks and for making it possible to bring the Hamburg Sea Devils and the Frankfurt Galaxy back onto the stage of European football,” said Zeljko Karajica, the ELF’s chief executive.
“This excites us as league officials, but especially the many fans of the teams who have had to wait 14 years for this return.”
Author: Jake Wilkin