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Entry from October 28, 2014
Bolts (Brooklyn FXFL football team)

The Brooklyn Bolts became one of four teams to open the Fall Experimental Football League (FXFL), a professional football minor league, in 2014. The team name of “Brooklyn Bolts” was filed for a trademark on August 7, 2014. The Bolts opened the season on October 15, 2014.

The “Bolt” name is possibly a tribute to Coney Island’s Thunderbolt roller coaster.


Wikipedia: Brooklyn Bolts
The Brooklyn Bolts are a professional American football team based in Brooklyn, New York. They are a charter member of the Fall Experimental Football League (FXFL), which is trying to become the developmental league for the National Football League. They will play their home games at MCU Park.

History
In August 2014, it was announced that Brooklyn was awarded a franchise for the upcoming 2014 season of the Fall Experimental Football League (FXFL).

Wikipedia: Fall Experimental Football League
The Fall Experimental Football League is a professional football minor league that began play on October 8, 2014. This league is the latest to attempt to be a feeder system for the National Football League.

New York (NY) Post
Brooklyn team in the fray when minor league football kicks off
By Josh Kosman August 19, 2014 | 10:23pm
Ready or not, here come the Brooklyn Bolts.

A minor league pro football league, whose aim is to develop NFL-quality players, is expected to announce its formation this week with four teams, including the borough-based Bolts.
The league, to be called the FXFL, will kick off Oct. 8 with a six-game schedule.

CBS—New York
Brooklyn Gets Team In New Fall Experimental Football League
August 21, 2014 8:59 AM
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Football is coming to Brooklyn.
The FXFL developmental football league will have a team in Brooklyn and will play a six-game season in four cities this year.

The Brooklyn Bolts will play at MCU Park, the home of the minor league baseball Cyclones, a Class A farm team of the Mets. They’ll join franchises in Boston, Omaha (TD Ameritrade Park) and Miami (Florida International Stadium).

Twitter
Joseph Smith
‏@ausfalcon
@GOFXFL reveals #FXFL Brooklyn Bolts logo, it is part of the Brooklyn Bridge with a lightning bolt going through it: http://goo.gl/kXOFYO
9:06 PM - 21 Aug 2014

Brooklyn (NY) Eagle Sports
Brooklyn Bolts: Pro football is coming to Brooklyn
AUGUST 29, 2014 | BY ROB ABRUZZESE
Brooklyn Bolts will be the borough’s first pro football team since 1946
Brooklyn is getting it’s very own professional football team. Unfortunately, it won’t be an NFL team, but starting this fall MCU Park in Coney Island will host the Brooklyn Bolts, a team in the newly formed Fall Experimental Football League (FXFL).

“New York is an important market to us for several reasons,” FXFL Founder and Commissioner Brian Woods told Peter Schwartz of CBS New York. “Number one, for the media presence. And, obviously, the partnership with the Brooklyn Cyclones embodies our business model for this league.”

New York (NY) Post
Bolts kick off football in Brooklyn with style — and a win
By Zach Braziller October 16, 2014 | 3:02am
There were long touchdown passes and special teams scores, big hits and several lead changes. The Fall Experimental Football League (FXFL) made its Brooklyn debut Wednesday night and delivered on its promise of exciting, albeit occasionally sloppy, football.

The announced crowd of 1,393 at MCU Park — giving the game a high school or Division II feel — saw the Bolts win their first game, 27-20 over the Boston Brawlers, at the home of the Brooklyn Cyclones, the Mets’ Single-A affiliate.

The Wall Street Journal
Brooklyn Bolts’ Opener a Hit Amid Coney Island’s Attractions
Team’s Debut Brings a Friendly, ‘Minor-League’ Football Experience to Cyclones’ MCU Park

By ANDREW BEATON
Oct. 16, 2014 8:18 p.m. ET
More than 1,300 people bought tickets for Wednesday night’s game between the Brooklyn Bolts and the Boston Brawlers at MCU Park in Coney Island, and it is unlikely that many of them could recall the last time professional football was played in Brooklyn. That is because it hadn’t happened since the 1940s, when the All-America Football Conference’s Brooklyn Dodgers called Ebbets Field home.

But when the Bolts beat the Brawlers 27-20 in the Fall Experimental Football League’s second-ever game, it did kindle memories for at least one fan. Alvin Hirschberg, who grew up on Manhattan’s east side in the 1940s, remembers going to football games at Ebbets Field. He would make the trips with his uncle, who took him to baseball games, football games and occasionally a local burlesque club. (They told people they were going to the movies).

(Trademark)
Word Mark BROOKLYN BOLTS
Goods and Services IC 041. US 100 101 107. G & S: Entertainment services, namely, football games
Standard Characters Claimed
Mark Drawing Code (4) STANDARD CHARACTER MARK
Serial Number 86360269
Filing Date August 7, 2014
Current Basis 1B
Original Filing Basis 1B
Owner (APPLICANT) FXFL, LLC LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY DELAWARE 220 Riverside Blvd., #35C New York NEW YORK 10069
Attorney of Record William L. Bartow
Type of Mark SERVICE MARK
Register PRINCIPAL
Live/Dead Indicator LIVE

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CitySports/Games • Tuesday, October 28, 2014 • Permalink