JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- There's a backlash brewing over Jacksonville's newest sports franchise.
The Jacksonville Breeze is part of what was formerly the Lingerie Football League.
The league is known for attracting lingering eyes thanks to bountiful beauties in skimpy outfits. But there's a few play changes within the LFL this year.
The Lingerie Football League is now Legends Football League.
"Unfortunately being called the Lingerie Football League you spent more of your time defending the sport," said league founder and CEO, Mitchell Mortaza.
The garters are gone but the midriff-baring tops stay.
Many local faith-based groups are protesting the Breeze's premeiere in Jacksonville and the timing.
The football franchise's first home game follows Good Friday and lands on the eve of Easter Sunday.
"This is a very significant time of spiritual significance for the world," said local Baptist pastor, Ted Corely.
Corley tells Action News, the league tarnishes Northeast Florida values.
"Well I think they're just selling sex to sell tickets," said Corely. "People are not going there to see women in football uniforms. They're going there to see women who are even in the bikini."
Even some city leaders are crying foul over the timing of the team's debut.
"I am unsure why this type of event would be planned during Holy Week, particularly on the eve of Easter Sunday, but regardless of the time of year, events like this do not contribute positively to a wholesome, family-friendly city," said Jacksonville City Councilman Clay Yarborough.
The man behind Legends tells Action News, the scantily-clad sport is growing in popularity. "Fans in Jacksonville really responded to it," said Mortaza. "So this was an opportunity to bring them a franchise that they can get behind and tomorrow night is the first step for that."
The Jacksonville Breeze kick off their season at 8 p.m. Saturday at Veterans Memorial Arena.