In a surprising turn of events, the founder and commissioner of the National Arena League, John Gregory, has stepped down. Chris Siegfried has been named the new commissioner of the NAL.
“I have been proud to be the Commissioner of the NAL and am proud of the accomplishments made by the League in its inaugural season,” Gregory said. “This was accomplished because of the dedication and commitment made by the owners, managers, coaches and players. Thank you for allowing me to have been a part of it.”
Siegfried may be the new commissioner, but he’s not new to the NAL. He served as the Director of Football Operations during the 2017 season. He also spent 12 years as an arena football coach.
“I am thrilled to be named as the new Commissioner of the National Arena League,” Siegfried said. “We started something great in 2017, and look to take the league to new heights in our second season of play. There should be some exciting announcements made here over the course of the next couple weeks that are made possible by the efforts of all our league members and staff.”
The Jacksonville Sharks defeated the Columbus Lions to win the first ever NAL title game back on July 10 Several teams are expected to be announced as NAL expansion teams over the next couple weeks. The 2018 schedule will follow suit.