Lingerie Football League impresario Mitchell Mortaza said last night that his LFL had fired “a couple of crews” that were now working in the pros. But which ones? The only specific clue was a comment former NFL head of officials Mike Pereira made in August about replacement official Craig Ochoa. (Ochoa claims to have worked in the Big Ten, something a Big Ten spokesman said they could not confirm or deny due to league policy). Meanwhile, most officials’ pedigrees can be traced back to less-than-qualified origins like low-level college, high school and UFL leagues, but none to the Lingerie Football League.
I went to the Lingerie Football League’s website to try and find a press contact. I found a general press box email and sent a request. Hours later, I haven’t heard anything, but I didn’t just stop there. I also:
• Found the format of the e-mail address that LFL at least used to use. I used that format to e-mail names I’d seen associated with the league, including Mortaza’s. Some of the e-mails have bounced back; none have gotten responses.
• Called three phone listings for the Lingerie Football League in Los Angeles and Las Vegas, where they are supposedly now based. The numbers were not active.
• Called the listing for Horizon Productions LLC, a company associated with the Lingerie Football League according to business records on Manta.com, and had a similar experience.
• Tweeted at Mortaza. Then tweeted at the LFL’s official account asking for help.
• Facebook-friended Mortaza, then messaged him.
• Posted on Mortaza’s Facebook wall.
• E-mailed a writer listed on the LFL 360 website (the league’s official site) who writes about the league.
No response yet. Most reporters would conclude that “the Lingerie Football League could not be reached for comment.” But BuzzFeed Sports does not let lingerie leagues off that easily. Our hunt will continue. E-mail us — sports at buzzfeed dot com — if you have any ideas.