Honestly, the PFL has outlived its usefulness. It's not going away anytime soon, but it should. Let me count the reasons why.
1. Mission: "From the league’s inception it has been a proponent of the creation of a non-scholarship football classification within Division I and adopted the moniker of Pioneer based on the intent to become the first league in that new division." FAIL
2. PFL Commissioner 's Conflict of Interest: Her #1 priority is MVC women's sports. Her #2 priority is the Missouri Valley Football Conference. Not sure what her #3 priority is, but I doubt it's the PFL. Last fall, she said, "“When I read the newspaper accounts of St. Thomas’ interest in going to Division I, and I had to look it up in the directory online. I was not familiar at all, quite frankly, with St. Thomas, until the issue of their membership and their current Division III league was brought up in the national media.” Even on an Internet message board, her interest in the league would be considered weak.
3. Schizophrenic Scheduling: Mix the desire for cost containment with the abrupt comings & goings of PFL programs, and you get schedules with unequal levels of difficulty. Has San Diego ever rotated off Drake's schedule? (No) Just drop the pretense of a league championship, and have these teams schedule one another as independents.
4. The Only PFL Team That Wins Playoff Games Cheats: That's the University of San Diego, which suffered a wrist slap when a whistleblower exposed their football scholarships in 2013. Can anyone point to the results of a follow-up investigation on that? Does anyone know how many years the scholarships were offered? Any details on what the league is doing to ensure that it doesn't happen again? It seems the league exists to give trophies to USD and give them a playoff run. I would prefer that the league disband, and that members step back into a scheduling arrangement with each other... with as many games as possible v. the nonscholarship Ivy League.