The Rapid City Marshals were a professional indoor football team based in Rapid City, South Dakota. The Marshals played their home games at the Summit Arena at The Monument. They began as an expansion team in Champions Indoor Football in 2022 and played in that league until 2023. They became members of the revived Arena Football League and began play in 2024 before folding midseason among labor strife tied to a wider league instability.

Rapid City Marshals
Current season
Established 2021
Folded 2024
Played in Summit Arena at The Monument
in Rapid City, South Dakota
League/conference affiliations
Current uniform
Team colorsBlack, silver, red
Owner(s)Wes Johnson
and Rebecca Chapman
Head coachShon King
Team history
  • Rapid City Marshals (2022-2024)
League championships (0)
Conference championships (0)
Division championships (0)
Home arena(s)

History edit

Original Team Logo (2022)

The Marshals are the third indoor football team to be based in Rapid City following the Black Hills Red Dogs (2000–2005) and the Rapid City Flying Aces (2006).

On April 30, 2021, Keith Russ and Tel Koan, owners of fellow Champions Indoor Football (CIF) teams the Wyoming Mustangs and Billings Outlaws, announced launch of another CIF team to be based in Rapid City with their name, logo, and color scheme.[1] The Marshals name was chosen to reflect the Rapid City area's passion for the Old West, as well as to provide a contrast to their CIF league-mates the Billings Outlaws and Sioux City Bandits.[2]

On October 3, 2023, the Marshals announced their move to the revived Arena Football League and would play there starting in the 2024 season.[3] The Marshals were one of several teams from CIF that merged with the AFL, with owner Wes Johnson conceding that he saw major warning signs with AFL Commissioner Lee Hutton making unattainable promises but had hoped that Hutton would deliver on half of what he promised.[4]

On May 2, 2024, the Marshals indicated that the Arena Football League had not compensated the Marshals for promised expense reimbursements, as a condition of the Marshals and other CIF teams joining the league. Unlike the Iowa Rampage, which folded due to that lack of compensation, the Marshals remained committed to playing the season as long as possible in hopes of a resolution.[5] The team offered new contracts rolling salaries back to CIF levels and granted six players their release when they declined in an effort to keep the team operational.[4]

Immediately prior to the team's May 11 home game against the Billings Outlaws, the Marshals players went on strike, refusing to take the field for the game as fans and the Outlaws had already arrived for the game. Outlaws owner Steve Titus, while expressing solidarity with the Marshals' cause against the league central office, expressed outrage at the strike having happened so suddenly.[6][7] The following week, the Marshals cancelled their newly-scheduled home game with the Southwest Kansas Storm on May 18th; after losing to the previously winless Washington Wolfpack on May 23, the Marshals folded the next day, stating that the labor issues the team faced were "insurmountable" despite the ownership's best efforts to keep the team together.[8][9]

Roster edit

Rapid City Marshals roster
  • Currently vacant

Running backs

  • Currently vacant

Wide receivers

  • Currently vacant
Offensive linemen
  • Currently vacant

Defensive linemen

  • Currently vacant
  • Currently vacant

Defensive backs

  • Currently vacant

Special teams

  • Currently vacant
Reserve lists
  • Currently vacant
  • Rookies in italics
  • updated December 7, 2023
  • 0 Active, 0 Inactive

Notes edit

  1. ^ "Rapid City Marshals indoor football team to play in 2022". September 3, 2021. Retrieved September 9, 2021.
  2. ^ "So What's In A Name? About Our New Identity and Marks". September 3, 2021. Retrieved September 9, 2021.
  3. ^ "Rapid City Marshal Indoor Football". Facebook. October 3, 2023. Retrieved October 3, 2023.
  4. ^ a b Lind, Andrew (May 9, 2024). "NEW: 'Owners can't vote him out,' Q&A with Marshals Co-Owner Wes Johnson". KOTA-TV. Retrieved May 10, 2024.
  5. ^ "News: League Troubles & Stability of the Marshals - Rapid City Marshals". May 2, 2024. Retrieved May 2, 2024.
  6. ^ Lind, Andrew (May 12, 2024). "DEVELOPING: Marshals players 'refuse' to come out of locker room". KOTA-TV. Retrieved May 14, 2024.
  7. ^ Letasky, John (May 11, 2024). "While on the field warming up, Billings Outlaws find out game at Rapid City is canceled". 406 MT SPORTS. Retrieved May 14, 2024.
  8. ^ "Rapid City Marshals cease of operations citing 'insurmountable obstacle'". May 24, 2024. Retrieved May 25, 2024.
  9. ^ "Rapid City Marshals disband citing AFL leadership, financial issues". Rapid City Journal. May 24, 2024. Retrieved May 25, 2024.

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