In February, The Pitch
's Jonathan Bender chronicled
the waning professional hopes of Samie Parker as he tried to jump-start his career with the Arena Football League's Kansas City Command. As is common with minor league teams, the Command itself was sputtering as much as its players. The Business Journal
reports now that the Command is shutting down. The team won't play next season, but a team spokesman tells the paper that a new indoor football team will form and join the regional Champions Professional Indoor Football League
The CPIFL currently consists of the Wichita Wild, the Sioux City Bandits, the Mid-Missouri Outlaws (based in Sedalia) and the unnamed Kansas City team. Arena football has had a hard time in Kansas City. The Command began its existence as the Kansas City Brigade in the 2006 season. The team sat out the 2009 season and was revived in 2010 as the Command. The new team will play at Kemper Arena, and tickets will average $20, the new GM told the Journal.