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Jon “Bones” Jones headlines UFC 172 at Baltimore Arena

Posted on 10 January 2014 by WNST Staff

The Ultimate Fighting Championship will be making a first ever stop in Charm City this Spring with perhaps the biggest fighter in the world on top of the card.

UFC 172 will be held Saturday, April 26th at Baltimore Arena-the promotion announced Friday.

The card will be headlined by a light heavyweight championship fight with Jon “Bones” Jones defending against Brazilian fighter Glover Teixeira-who has won his last 20 fights. Jones has won 10 straight fights, including six defenses of the title he won in March 2011 by defeating Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.

Jones is the younger brother of NFL Defensive Lineman Arthur Jones-who has played his first four seasons with the Baltimore Ravens including being a part of the Super Bowl XLVII Championship team last year. Jones is a free agent at the end of the season and many analysts believe he will end up signing elsewhere.

Jon Jones will be defending the title for the first time since a somewhat controversial unanimous decision victory over Alexander Gustafson at UFC 165 in September. He is currently the UFC’s #1 ranked pound for pound fighter in the world and is viewed as the company’s top star currently after two consecutive losses and a gruesome injury suffered by Anderson Silva as well as the recent retirement of respected champion Georges St. Pierre.

The event will be the first UFC has held in Baltimore, although the company has held successful events just to the north (Philadelphia) and south (Washington). The Baltimore Arena has hosted nine “Shogun Fights” Mixed Martial Arts Promotions and is a regular stop for pro wrestling company WWE, who held a “Monday Night Raw” event there just this past week and will be returning for a similar televised event April 21. The Arena has also recently hosted preseason events for the Washington Capitals and Washington Wizards and will host the CAA Basketball Tournament this March.

Shogun Fights-promoted by local former fighter John Rallo-had originally had their 10th event scheduled for April 26th at the Arena. Rallo-who lead the charge for Mixed Martial Arts to be regulated in the state of Maryland in the late 2000’s-announced Friday his promotion would move their event to June 21st and will remain at the Baltimore Arena.

Jon Jones has been a regular fixture in Baltimore since his brother was drafted by the Ravens, appearing regularly at practices and games during the four years. Jones recently did a full media tour of Charm City, stopping at WNST where he punched “The Reality Check Driven by Jerry’s Automotive” host Glenn Clark in the stomach for charity.

You can listen to Jones’ entire interview with Clark and “The Mobtown Sports Beat” host Thyrl Nelson here.

No other fights have been announced yet for the UFC 172 card, which will air live on Pay-Per-View. The promotion has already created a website for the event where they will announce future details.

Tickets for the event will go on sale February 7th, no details on ticket prices have been announced yet.

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American Indoor Football announces return of Baltimore Mariners

Posted on 10 October 2013 by WNST Staff

C&G Sports Management is proud to announce the return of Professional Indoor Football to the Charm City of Baltimore Maryland in 2014. The new team will be run under the management of C&G Sports Management a newly formed comprehensive sports and recreational management organization that specializes in sports programs.

Baltimore has a rich history of indoor football having previously being home to the Baltimore Mariners for four years. The Mariners share an elite status of being one of just a few indoor teams to go undefeated when they went 16-0 and won the AIFA Championship in 2010.

The team has signed an agreement with The Baltimore Arena in Baltimore where they will play their home games for the upcoming season in 2014. C & G Sports Management have also come to agreement with the American Indoor Football (AIF) league. “The AIF has a strong foundation and has been around for nine years now. Their focus on remaining regional which allows owners to create budgets which will be more sustainable over the long term was very attractive to us. With the strength of the competition this league offers and the history the Mariners have had here previously, it was obvious where we belonged”, said owner Tom Conserette.

The goal of the organization is to provide low cost family-friendly entertainment first and foremost, and contribute to the betterment of the local community. In addition to general sports entertainment, the organization will also have a dance team and mascot. . These three aspects combined will contribute to the entertainment value of our services and will host promotional and community events, collaborate with local non-profit events, and organize volunteer opportunities.

After the 2010 departure of the Mariners, we feel there was a void left in professional indoor football not only for the fans, but for perspective players, coaches, and personnel who have a passion for the sport. C & G Sports Management will open opportunities for employment as well as satiate a need in the community for a local professional indoor football team to rally behind.

The organization is preparing a press conference for late September to unveil their plans for the upcoming season along with their team name and logo. Dates will be announced as soon as logistics have been worked out with all parties.

When asked AIF owner John Morris is extremely excited about bringing the AIF brand of indoor football back to Baltimore and 1st Mariner Arena. The AIF has received an enormous amount of inquiries from the fans of indoor football in Baltimore area over the last several years wanting to see a team back in town. We are pleased that with the ownership group of C & G Sports Management that the AIF was able to bring this great product back to Baltimore.

Frank Remsch states that “I am thrilled to announce that the Baltimore Arena is welcoming the return of Indoor football to the City of Baltimore.  Indoor football brings another element of variety to the many sporting events we have this year at the Baltimore Arena.  As General Manager of the arena I couldn’t be happier to see this exciting event back home for our Baltimore fans.”

“The new management team of Scott Garrity and Tom Consere, along with the continued leadership of John Morris with the AIF, have worked hard to bring this team to town and they have our full support as we look forward to an exciting season.”

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Blast announce 2013-2014 schedule

Posted on 03 September 2013 by WNST Staff

The 34th Season of Indoor Soccer Begins in Baltimore on November 23rd

MISL NEWS RELEASE: Tuesday September 3rd, 2013 MISL Announces 2013-14 Opening Dates

Baltimore – The Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) released its 2013-14 home openers today, with the full 70-game schedule expected to be announced in the next two weeks. The action is slated to kick off on Friday, November 15th. The Baltimore Blast will open the season at Home against rival, Milwaukee Wave on Saturday November 23rd. The game will be played at the Baltimore Arena with a 7:35pm start time.

Opening night for North America’s top professional indoor soccer league will be highlighted by the debut of the Pennsylvania Roar, who will host the Syracuse Silver Knights in their inaugural game at Santander Arena. On Saturday, November 16 a pair of MISL powers will renew their rivalry when the Milwaukee Wave visits the Missouri Comets at Independence Events Center.

Another MISL newcomer will play its inaugural game the second weekend of the season as the St. Louis Ambush will host the Roar at Family Arena on Friday, November 22, while the Silver Knights will also make their home debut that evening when they host their rival, the Rochester Lancers, at The Oncenter.

The Lancers will open their home slate the following night when they welcome the Silver Knights on the back end of the home-and-home series, and the defending champion Baltimore Blast will open their season that night when they host the Wave at The Baltimore Arena.

The Wave will be the final team to open their home schedule when they host the Blast at U.S. Cellular Arena on Saturday, December 7. Each of the seven MISL clubs will play 20 games in 2013-14, 10 home and 10 away, with the season slated to conclude on March 2.

The MISL Playoffs will begin with the semifinals March 7-9, featuring the No. 1 and No. 4 seeds and the No. 2 and No. 3 seeds meeting in home-and-home series’ with a mini game to decide the series following the second game if needed. The championship will follow the same format on March 14-16. The higher seed will have the option to choose which game it hosts.

Nearly 400,000 fans attended MISL regular season games in 2012-13, marking the second consecutive season the league enjoyed a significant increase in attendance.

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