Atlanta gets team in Lingerie League

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Atlanta gets team in Lingerie League

You could call this a league of their own. But make no mistake, men will be certainly be a fan of Atlanta’s newest team, too.

The Lingerie Football League — yes, you read that right — announced Tuesday that the league’s newest team will be in Atlanta. The yet-to-be named 12th team in the league will play its home games in the spring at Gwinnett Center, the league spokesman said.

“Atlanta is one of those signature markets that any sports league targets,” Mitchell S. Mortaza, founder and chairman of Lingerie Football League LLC, said in an emailed statement. “What primarily drove our decision to come to Atlanta was the incredible interest from the city, host arenas and fans.”

The idea started as halftime entertainment for the 2004 Super Bowl before a league was formed in 2009, Tyler DeHaven, LFL spokesman, told the AJC.

In addition to the U.S. teams, four teams are competing in the inaugural season of LFL Canada, he said.

While the skimpy, 2-piece uniforms are certainly eye-catching, don’t expect a runway fashion show. Most of the ladies playing in the league are Division 1 college athletes, DeHaven said.

The league plans to host an open tryout in Atlanta for ladies interested in playing. The time and place have not yet been announced.

Fans are also invited to help chose a name for the team, which will join the Jacksonville Breeze and Omaha Heart in the league’s Southeastern Division of the Eastern Conference. Ideas for the team’s name should be emailed to LFLinAtlanta@LFLUS.com by Oct. 19 for consideration.

The league does not have cheerleaders on the sidelines, DeHaven said.

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