The three "independent" teams applied again for admission into both leagues. The Kanawha Valley league this time agreed to accept Dunbar, but the other teams were denied, according to the complaint -- even though the Mountain State league needed nine teams and only had seven.
The MidWestern and Western Generals teams received a letter explaining Mountain State would accept the children from their areas, but not any new franchises, the complaint states.
"Defendant Mountain State's denial will effectively prevent many of the children on Plaintiffs franchises from playing in the league, as many of the children would be required to travel at least 10 miles to practice during the week. A large percentage of the children who play on Plaintiffs' teams do not have transportation and ride bikes or walk to and from football practice," the complaint states.
The complaint also states that in spite of the invitation to play, they have not seen sign-up fliers posted in their communities.
The attorney representing the teams, Olubunmi Kusimo-Frazier, said Wednesday she is working with the leagues to reach common ground.
Mike Ranson, attorney for the Kanawha Valley league, said the franchises planned to have a meeting Wednesday night to attempt to reach an agreement. Kevin Hughart, who represents the Mountain State league, was not immediately available for comment.
In 2001, a similar lawsuit was filed against the Chemical Valley youth football league. That lawsuit was settled and the teams with mostly black players were invited into the league, but through the years, many local teams left the Chemical Valley league to play in the Kanawha Valley league.
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