Home | Forums | Shop | Donate

Go Back   Warpath > Off-Topic Discussion > Other Sports

Arena Football Returning

Other Sports

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 02-18-2010, 02:26 PM   #1
Living Legend
Monkeydad's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: PA
Age: 38
Posts: 16,270
Arena Football Returning

ArenaFan Online: Press Releases: Arena Football League re-launches (AFL press release)

Arena Football League

Arena Football League re-launches

Wednesday February 17, 2010

CHICAGO – After a one-year hiatus, the Arena Football League (AFL) is poised for a triumphant return, according to league executives who unveiled the revitalized league in a teleconference today with media. The league announced plans for the upcoming season, advanced progress toward expanding into the Philadelphia, Southern California, Denver and Pittsburgh markets and details of its contract with the NFL Network to broadcast AFL games in 2010.

The regular season will kick off with a full slate of games the weekend of April 2-4. The 15-team league will play a 16-game schedule leading into the playoffs and the Arena Bowl the third weekend in August. "We're back and we're not going anywhere," Commissioner Jerry Kurz said. "We are tremendously excited to bring back Arena Football to our ardent following of fans across the country. With a restructured business plan, we are poised to come back stronger than ever."

The AFL, formerly known as AF1, will benefit greatly from its new business model by owning all of the assets of the former AFL, including the team names and trademarks as well as intellectual property, video archives, statistical information and the championship game moniker-the Arena Bowl. The current owners of the 15 teams acquired the former's league's assets in a $6.1 million bankruptcy settlement.

In 2008, fans embraced the AFL at a record pace. Games were played before an average crowd of almost 13,000 and 2008 was a record year for revenue.

"The financial trouble the former league ran into was not due to a lack of fan interest and support," Kurz said. "The demise of the former AFL was more a function of a severe recession and rising league and team operational costs. Once we had the opportunity to work as a cohesive group of owners in developing the plan to retool the business model, it was an easy decision for the league to re-launch."

Demand for Arena Football is such that there is significant interest in expansion for the 2011 season and serious negotiations are under way with at least four teams.

"The game is as popular as it has ever been," said Tampa Bay Storm Coach Tim Marcum, the AFL's all-time winningest coach.

Chicago Rush Coach Mike Hohensee, who has played or coached in every AFL season, has been overwhelmed by the response from the fans. "They have been craving the game as much as I have," Hohensee said.

Kurz stressed the AFL will continue to be the most fan friendly, affordable and accessible professional sports league as players; coaches will continue to sign autographs after every game and play an integral in each of the 15 communities where teams are headquartered. The game will also remain affordable to fans; in some cities, season tickets are priced as low as $50.

The AFL's legacy teams are the Arizona (Phoenix) Rattlers, Cleveland Gladiators, Chicago Rush, Dallas Vigilantes (formerly the Desperados), Orlando Predators, Tampa Bay Storm and Utah (Salt Lake City) Blaze. The new cities and teams with an opportunity to compete for an ArenaBowl championship are the Alabama (Huntsville) Vipers, Bossier-Shreveport BattleWings, Iowa Barnstormers, Jacksonville Sharks, Milwaukee Iron, Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz, Spokane Shock and Tulsa Talons. New and veteran organizations alike will be able to leverage the tradition and equity of the AFL brand and its assets.

The tremendous platform provided by the NFL, through the NFL Network, will help grow the AFL's profile. The NFL Network is the only television network devoted to football 24-hours a day, 365-days a year. Earlier today, the NFL Network released which games it will broadcast.

Owners include former head coach and NFL Legend Mike Ditka, a returning Chicago Rush co-owner. "This was too good of an opportunity for me to pass up," Ditka said. "I have the utmost respect for the players. They are playing for the pure love of the game."

Former NFL quarterback Danny White will serve as the team president of the Arizona Rattlers. "I've always had a passion for arena football," White said. "I love the game, the product and the players who play it."
Not sent from a Droid, iPhone, Blackberry or toaster
Monkeydad is offline   Reply With Quote

Old 02-18-2010, 02:59 PM   #2
tryfuhl's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Waldorf, MD
Age: 34
Posts: 12,514
Re: Arena Football Returning

It's kind of cool, but the games get kind of redundant with their plays, etc. I guess there's only so much that you can do on that narrow of a field though. I watch it from time to time.
tryfuhl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-18-2010, 03:01 PM   #3
MTK's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2004
Age: 45
Posts: 90,211
Re: Arena Football Returning

I honestly didn't realize it was gone
Support The Warpath! | Warpath Shop
MTK is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-18-2010, 03:25 PM   #4
Uncle Phil
SmootSmack's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2004
Posts: 45,256
Re: Arena Football Returning

We'll be changing this to a Bossier-Shreverport Battlewings fan site come lockout time
You're So Vain...You Probably Think This Sig Is About You
SmootSmack is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-23-2010, 11:09 AM   #5
BDBohnzie's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Frederick, MD
Age: 39
Posts: 4,624
Re: Arena Football Returning

SS - You sure? I mean, how can one not like the name OKC Yard Dogz?

Good for the AF1/AFL. Decent product to fill the time when the NFL is on hiatus. And while I enjoy taking in a game at the park, baseball is quite boring on TV.
Bad Things man, I mean bad things...

“WE TOOK HIM IN THE SIXTH ROUND SO WE'RE NOT SMART EITHER.” - Shanny on what the Skins saw in Alfred Morris
BDBohnzie is offline   Reply With Quote


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 11:30 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
This site is not officially affiliated with the Washington Redskins or the NFL.
Page generated in 0.15283 seconds with 9 queries

Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.2.0 RC5

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25