2009 Lingerie Bowl Canceled Due to Conflict With Nudist Resort
Sorry, lingerie football fans. The 2009 Lingerie Bowl has been canceled due to a conflict with a Florida nudist resort.
The granddaddy of all lingerie football games was scheduled for January 31--a day before that other football game, the Super Bowl--at the Caliente Spa and Resort, a clothing-optional facility in Land O'Lakes, Florida.
Lingerie Bowl officials said the clothing-optional resort breached a previously agreed upon "clothing mandate" that asked participants and fans to wear clothes during the pay-per-view to avoid running afoul of FCC regulations.
Lingerie Bowl spokesman Stephon McMillen explained the league's decision in an e-mail.
"The league will not place our fans, players, staff nor partners in a less then [sic] comfortable environment that would ultimately jeopardize the mainstream perception and reputation of the brand that so many have worked diligently over these past five years to build," McMillen wrote. "While this is a disappointing development for the thousands of fans that were planning on attending the festivities and the millions set to watch the broadcast, we feel ultimately it is in the best interest of the league not to place ourselves in what some would consider a potentially negative environment."
Meanwhile, a spokesman for the Caliente Resort has fired back, saying that the resort never signed a contract was never signed with the league.
"We never came to a full agreement so we haven't breached anything," she said.
The game was supposed to take place in a field on the Caliente Resort. Resort officials agreed that nudity wouldn't be allowed in this playing area, but refused to ban nudity on other parts of the facility such as the resort's nightclub.
This isn't the first time that organizers have had trouble finding a place to hold the Lingerie Bowl. Last year's Lingerie Bowl, which was slated for Scottsdale, AZ, was canceled after organizers failed to get the proper permits in time.
Controversy has dogged lingerie football in general. A month ago, lingerie football player Melissa Berry had nude photos leaked onto the internet by an ex-boyfriend.
Still, the organizers of lingerie football carry on with an almost messianic zeal. Despite all the setbacks, the Lingerie Football League is still scheduled to kick off in September 4, 2009.