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Eviction papers served on Major League Football at Lakewood Ranch

MLFB's Lakewood Ranch offices were expected to fill with up to 50 employees as the start of league play approached, but the league was unable to solve financial problems.
MLFB's Lakewood Ranch offices were expected to fill with up to 50 employees as the start of league play approached, but the league was unable to solve financial problems.

Schroeder-Manatee Ranch has filed suit to evict financially troubled Major League Football from its offices at Lakewood Ranch.

The suit filed Wednesday states that Major League Football was served with a three-day notice to pay rent and other charges on June 16. As a result of the failure to pay, SMR asserts it is entitled to immediate possession of the premises.

The SMR plaintiff, identified in the lawsuit as TCA 12 LLC, is seeking damages in excess of $15,000.

Major League Football failed to make its rent payment in March, April, May and June. The rent payment for the 9,696 square feet of office space at 6230 University Parkway is $11,918 per month, according to court papers filed in circuit court.

In March, Major League Football announced that its inaugural season had been canceled, affecting more than 600 players and others.

MLFB president Wes Chandler cited financial issues in announcing cancellation of the season.

Several phone calls to Major League Football for comment Thursday were not returned.

Dan Perka, chief counsel for the Lakewood Ranch developer, said Thursday that SMR hopes there will still be a happy ending to the story.

“We have gotten a lot of optimistic replies from them. They have sent us a copy of a letter from a funding group in the Far East, pledging $20 million and saying the money will be wired,” Perka said. “We are trying to work with Major League Football to keep their plan going, but felt that we needed to protect ourselves.”

The league had planned to hold its training camp at Premier Sports Campus in Lakewood Ranch.

James A. Jones Jr.: 941-745-7053, @jajones1

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