If there has been a professional football league not named the National Football League in the last two-plus decades, there’s a great chance Fran Stuchbury has covered it.
Stuchbury has covered the Arena Football League, arenafootball2, the XFL, the Canadian Football League and the United Football League in the past, and, now, he is joining the A11 Professional Football League’s advanced media team.
“What drew me to the A11FL was the quality people involved with the league,” Stuchbury said. “Back in 2001, when I did a weekly column for The Sports Network, I did an interview with XFL Vice President of Football Operations Mike Keller, who now is the President and Chief Operating Officer of the A11FL. He has a proven background with many football leagues.
“I could tell when I spoke to Co-Founder Steve Humphries on the phone. I loved his passion for this league. They are committed to bringing an exciting brand of football at the time of year where fans are going through ‘football withdrawl.’”
“We are excited to have a passionate sports writer like Fran join our media team,” said Humphries of Stuchbury. “His wealth of start-up football knowledge and ideas give fans an insider’s perspective of their new football league, and that makes Fran a perfect fit for his new role.”
Stuchbury, who is an Assistant Content Coordinator at The Sports Network and has worked there for almost 15 years, has had a long love affair with spring professional football, going all the way back to the original World League of American Football. In high school, he snuck over to Giants Stadium to go to New York/New Jersey Knights Fan Day.
From there, Stuchbury began a national radio show about the Arena Football League, “ArenaZone,” from his college radio station. His guests included AFL Founder Jim Foster (who referred to Stuchbury as a “pioneer” for doing an ArenaBall radio show), former AFL Commissioner David Baker and future National Football League Most Valuable Player Kurt Warner.
That led to his position with The Sports Network – and a long, winding road of non-NFL championship games he’s personally covered (six ArenaBowls, two ArenaCups, two UFL Championship Games and a Grey Cup) that’s taken him from Montreal, Quebec, Canada to Bossier City, Louisiana.
In addition to writing for the A11FL, Stuchbury also is looking forward to doing a radio show about the league. He said he is looking forward to the opportunity to interact with league fans, as well as establishing relationships with them.
“Broadcasting has been a passion of mine,” said Stuchbury. “I really enjoyed doing shows on Arena Football and the UFL. I also like to write and give fans a different point of view and talk about things nobody else is mentioning.”
Stuchbury’s A11FL stories will be featured at the upcoming blog site, www.a11flinsider.com.
Dusty Sloan is the A11 Professional Football League’s Senior Editor/Vice President of Editorial Content.