The expansion Maine Mammoths in Portland have been named the National Arena League 'Franchise of the Year'.

The NAL handed out its major awards leading up to last night's league championship game in North Carolina. The Carolina Cobras beat Columbus 66-8 for the title.

This is what the league said about the Mammoths franchise...

FRANCHISE OF THE YEAR: Maine Mammoths: The Maine Mammoths are an expansion team in the 2018 season and finished with a 7-8 season, winning six of their last seven games of the season in a thrilling five-home game win streak. In their first year as a franchise they have already ingrained themselves into the Portland, Maine identity, the Mammoths popularity went unmatched for expansions teams in the NAL and the attendance from their games grew throughout the season. The Mammoths first season as a team will serve as a positive example for 2019 and 2020 expansion teams to prove how fast teams can grow in a community in less than one calendar year.

National Sports Ventures , LLC is the owner of the Mammoths. The team plays its games at the Cross Insurance Arena. The indoor football regular season runs from April through early August with postseason game concluding with last night's championship game.