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Omaha Beef Will Not Participate in IFL Playoffs

By: Dan Koob Email
By: Dan Koob Email

Despite qualifying for the 2012 IFL playoffs, the Omaha Beef (6-8) will not be participating in the tournament.

No official announcement from the IFL has been made, but Interim Commissioner Robert Loving says the decision was made in the best interest of the league.

"In the beginning of the season, the league office took over the operations of the team," he says. "It wasn't practical for owners to pay for the operations (of the team) to go into the playoffs."

Loving says a separate budget for the team was set up prior to the season by the league's team owners and it exceeded the amount by years end.

"It was not an easy decision, but it (put the league in the position) where it couldn't keep paying."

On the IFL's main website, many Omaha Beef fans voiced their displeasure with the decision.

"We're sorry for the disappointment. Hopefully things get sorted out and the team is back next year to keep bringing fun and entertainment," says Loving.

Loving could not say if the Beef are close to new ownership, and any decisions on the matter would be dealt with during the league's meetings in September.

The Lehigh Valley Steelhawks of Pennsylvania will take the Beef's place in the post-season. They will travel to Sioux Falls to play the undefeated Storm (14-0).

The Beef qualified over the Steelhawks (6-8) and Chicago Slaughter (6-8) by way of tiebreakers.

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