A delay of game penalty is costly. But with the Champions Indoor Football League Dawgs of Northwest Indiana, it's good timing.

Co-owner Brian Brundage confirmed Tuesday the Dawgs will forgo the 2015 season and not compete until 2016.

"I asked the league to move ahead without us for the season and not because of financial reasons," Brundage said. "We want to make sure we have all our pieces in place.

"The success record in the Indoor Football League is not very good. We had (the Rush) fold in Chicago, in Chicago of all places. I want to make sure our team is a credit to Northwest Indiana for years to come."

Brundage said the Dawgs' coaching staff, introduced Oct. 2 during a news conference at the Radisson Hotel, will remain intact though he likely won't be working with general manager/co-owner Mike Dortch in the future.

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"Some of the upper management could change," Brundage added. "We're still funded. That's not a problem at all. We just want to make sure the structure is sound."

No roster or home field site had yet to be chosen. The CIFL season runs Feb. 20 to June 7.

Brundage is founder/CEO of Worldwide Career Management. The father of two sons lives in Briar Ridge and has been a region resident for nine years.

"We haven't sold any season tickets," Brundage said of rumors the team had. "We had about 350 pre-orders but no funds were collected."


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Jim is a copy editor for The Times who works out of Valparaiso. A South Central High School (1984) and Ball State ('89) grad, he’s covered preps most of his career. He received the Indiana High School Wrestling Coaches Association’s Media Award in 1997.