Marshawn Lynch To Co Own IFL Expansion Team In Oakland

The Rattlers will have more competition in the West next season with a new team led by Oakland's own Marshawn Lynch as part-owner.

Lynch, an 11-year NFL running back who starred at California and for the Seattle Seahawks before winding down his NFL career with the Oakland Raiders, is a co-owner of the Oakland Panthers, the Indoor Football League's latest expansion team, with Roy Choi.

"With the Raiders leaving town and moving to Las Vegas (next year) and the Golden State Warriors leaving for San Francisco, Oakland opened up," said Rattlers coach Kevin Guy, who heads up the IFL expansion committee. "Roy Choi will do a good job. They're already put together a great staff. With Marshawn Lynch part of the ownership group, I'm sure it will bring a lot of interest."

Lynch said in a news release that football transforms the community and families who live in Oakland.

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"I've seen it and lived it," Lynch said in the release. "I'm (excited) that Da' Town will get another team to call its own. I attended some Indoor Football games last year and had a good-ass time. The games have lots of fluidity and tickets are priced so that the entire family can check it out."

Guy said he met with Lynch last season when his team played the Nebraska Danger. Lynch's brother, Davonte Sapp-Lynch, played for the Danger.

"Born and raised in Oakland, a hometown product, played for the Seahawks and the Raiders, he's always been about his community," Guy said. "We're excited about the market, the vision in that area.

"As the Rattlers, we want to welcome him to our league. But at the same time we're looking to kick their ass."

Lynch feels this team will give players an opportunity to live out their dreams.

"I was blessed with my time and journey, making it to the league," he said. "But there are more ways of getting there than the route I took. So it's hella important to me, to keep finding opportunities for players to pursue their dreams of getting to that next level and I know the Panthers and this league can help with that.”

The league had 10 teams last year. With Albuquerque and Oakland joining, there are now 12. But Guy said he wouldn't be surprised to see 14 to 16 teams in the IFL next season.

He said a lot could happen during the IFL owners meetings Sept. 22-23.

"We'll come out with a plan and continue to grow, and right now the economy is doing  well," Guy said.

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