Players vs. owners is at all levels of football

WEBCAST: Players pay to play, but owners need fans to survive
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Just as the National Football League delves into federal mediation, the Pacific Football League is headed toward its season-opening weekend with a spark of NFL debate. Is minor league football more of a players' league that puts players' needs first, or an owners' league where attendance is a priority?

Pacific Football Weekly co-hosts Cliff Pfenning and Charlie Latt will delve into this issue with PFL vice president Chris Rafferson and PFL marketing director Jeff Fisher Monday night from Blitz Pearl in Northwest Portland.



The Portland Monarchs opened their 2011 season with a 28-9 win over the expansion Umatilla Panthers at the Pendleton Round-up field Saturday night.

Portland, the three-time defending Oregon Football League champion, is scheduled to play next at the 2011 Border War, Saturday at Battle Ground High School.

In other games, the Grays Harbor Bearcats opened their season with a 38-6 win over the Washington Cavaliers and the Kitsap County Bears beat Renton 17-0.

The second Border War is set for Saturday at Battle Ground High School with three teams from Washington playing three teams from Oregon.

The Portland Monarchs face the Yakima Mavericks in the opener, Rogue Warriors from Medford fact the South Sound Shockers, then the host Clark County Vipers face the Southern Oregon Renegades.

The Pacific Football League regular season begins April 23.


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