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The Baltimore Charm

2010 March 19
by Dennis Coates

It’s official. The Baltimore expansion franchise in the LFL, Lingerie Football League for the uninformed, will be called the Baltimore Charm. For those snickering at the irony of a team of bikini clad women playing football to be called the Charm, I should point out that Baltimore’s nickname is Charm City. (As if that isn’t irony enough for the people who don’t know just what a great place Baltimore is.) The LFL website reports that over 28000 votes were cast. I don’t know how voting was conducted or who was eligible to vote. At least three alternatives received votes. Orlando also received an expansion franchise, to be called the Fantasy.

I have to admit that when I heard this news I had no idea that the LFL existed, let alone that Baltimore had gotten an expansion franchise. In the interest of expanding knowledge, I had to do some research on the LFL. The Baltimore and Orlando franchises will bring to 12 the number of teams in the league which grew out of the Lingerie Bowl that was first played at halftime of the Super Bowl a few years ago.

There are two divisions in the LFL, and each team plays the other teams in its division once. The champions of the 2009-2010 season are the Los Angeles Temptation. Games began in September of 2009 and the championship game, Lingerie Bowl VII, was played February 6th at the Hard Rock Live Arena in Hollywood, Florida. You can watch the Lingerie Bowl and earlier season contests on the LFL website.

The ticket information link takes one to ticketmaster’s or other ticket sellers’ websites but no price information is available. I was also unable to find attendance figures. However, if you know a corporation interested in a suite package, you can email the LFL at tickets@lflus.com.

Rules of the game are available at LFL101. I am sure everyone will go to the website to read the articles. The website doesn’t provide information on player salaries or other labor management issues. The league offices, according to Wikipedia’s LFL entry, are in West Hollywood, California.

My wife already told me I am not allowed to get season tickets.

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