LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Louisville's only professional football franchise has been sacked. In just its second year of operation, the Kentucky Xtreme indoor football team has abruptly shut down. Now, ticket holders are scrambling to get their money back. One team executive said the team would try to return season ticket holders' money for the games not played, but stopped short of guaranteeing refunds.
The celebration is over for Louisville professional football fans and it appears Kentucky Xtreme season ticket holders could be the real losers.
An email in mid-March was the first sign of trouble. Just a game into the season the email told fans games would be moved from Freedom Hall to Mockingbird Valley Soccer Complex. The Xtreme never played another down.
The Continental Indoor Football League suspended the franchise operations after the Xtreme's financial problems became just that - problems.
"To sum it all up, the team didn't get the support it needed from corporate Louisville, nor the fans," said Victor Cole, Xtreme general manager and part owner, in a Facebook chat Wednesday.
Cole also blamed a lack of media coverage for the inability of the Xtreme to gain a fan following.
"The team had some of its partners try to up and leave the team without paying their dues," Cole added.
Cole wouldn't say if that included Mario Urrutia, a former University of Louisville football standout. Urrutia was a partial owner before leaving town this to take an ownership role in a Canadian Football League team.
Cole said he needed to straighten things out financially with the teams other owners before figuring out how to issue ticket refunds. Asked if he could assure season ticket holders they would get their money back, Cole wrote, "We will most certainly do our best to do so."
Cole said someone will be in touch with season ticket holders once he can gets everything figured out.
It was a bad year from the start for the Kentucky Xtreme. Germina Cruz, a member of the Lady Xtreme dance team, died in a car wreck a month into the season.
Thursday Urrutia responded to the story saying, "I have nothing to do with this issue and will force legal action of my own if my name is not disassociated with this issue and mis represented."
Copyright 2014 WAVE 3 News. All rights reserved.
1115 Mt. Auburn Road
Public File Contact: