According to a source within the Brooklyn Cyclones front office “Things are not looking good for a 2016 Brooklyn Bolts season in the FXFL. Unless the Bolts find a new league to play in, they are unlikely to return.”
The Fall Experimental Football League really fell apart in 2015, as they ended up with 3 franchises (Brooklyn, Hudson Valley Fort & the traveling Miami / Florida Blacktips) playing an uneven amount of games. The Mahoning Valley Bawlers, who played the 2014 season as the Boston Brawlers, folded before the start of the 2015 season. This led to many fans calling the FXFL the “FAILED Experimental Football League.”
Brooklyn Baseball Banter reached out to the FXFL for comment, but no answer from the league in the last month. The HV Renegades / Fort front office would not comment on the future of the Fort or any team at Dutchess Stadium.
The Bolts are probably been the only successful FXFL franchise thanks to their funding by the Wilpon family and the ability for management to market directly to the Cyclones fan-base.
The Bolts are the only FXFL team is play every scheduled home game in 2 seasons in front of decent crowds, with one rescheduling due to the Mets appearing in the 2015 World Series. The Bolts were awarded the FXFL Championship in 2014 & 2015 based on their winning percentage of 1.000 & .800, respectively.
A few fans have suggested that if there is a 2016 season, the Staten Island Yankees should get a team to play in RCB Ballpark, as a way to make another Brooklyn vs Staten Island rivalry and to cut league travel costs.
Another source within the Brooklyn Cyclones had said a few months ago that “The team was considering selling off the game-used helmets & jerseys to fans.” The source stated recently “The idea of the jersey and helmet sale is on hold, just in case they somehow play in 2016.”