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Arena Football Returns To Louisville

Louisville is getting a new professional indoor arena football team.

The Kentucky Xtreme will compete in the Continental Indoor Football League, which includes nine teams across the Midwest.

The Xtreme will play a ten game season in 2013, with five home games in Freedom Hall.

The team will be coached by Louisville native Roy McMillen, who played quarterback at Western Kentucky University. He was also an assistant coach for the Louisville Fire arena football team, which folded in 2008.

McMillen says he needs players. Open tryouts will be held next month.

"(If) you know anybody that wants to play, anybody who thinks they can play, anybody who’s sitting on the couch who used to play, October 6, come to tryouts," he said.

The team’s founder and general manager is Louisville native Victor Cole, who’s an assistant football coach at Silver Creek High School in Sellersburg, Indiana.

Cole says he’s launching the team with funds he saved from his service in the Kentucky Air National Guard.

He says the team’s first season operating budget will be a modest $200,000. He’s hoping for an average attendance of 4,000.

The Louisville Xtreme's first home game will be February 17.

Rick Howlett was midday host and the host of LPM's weekly talk show, "In Conversation." He was with LPM from 2001-2023 and held many different titles, including Morning Edition host, Assignment Editor and Interim News Director. He died in August 2023. Read a remembrance of Rick here.

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