View Full Version : Arena Football League almost officially dead.

08-04-2009, 12:13 AM
Sad day, IMO. It certainly isn't football. But at least it was something. And Utah had just gotten a new team a year or so ago.


Updated: August 4, 2009, 12:12 AM ET
Reports: AFL will cease operations

The Arena Football League will soon announce that it is folding, multiple media outlets reported on Monday.

Arizona Rattlers owner Brett Bouchy said the league will also declare bankruptcy, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

"It's just unfortunate we're in this situation," Bouchy said, according to the newspaper. "Everyone knows myself and Arizona fought hard to avoid this day. The league was divided into two groups and factions. You had one group of committed owners who contributed capital and willing to do whatever it took to bring the league back in 2010 I have been in that group the entire time. Then there was another group that just wasn't willing to make the investment. We could never get a consensus."

Tampa Bay Storm owner Jim Borghesi posted a message on his Facebook page saying: "The AFL will be having a press conference to announce that the league will not be returning," according to the Albany Times-Union.

The league suspended play for the 2009 season in December. In March, players and management agreed in principle on a new collective bargaining agreement, and in April a business plan for the league was put together. But longtime commissioner David Baker stepped down in July, and a date to resume football operations was never forthcoming.

The New Orleans VooDoo had already folded in October, and the Los Angeles Avengers also ceased operations in April, leaving the league with 15 teams.

The AFL was formed in 1987. By the late 1990s, games were broadcast on ESPN, which owns a minority stake in the league.

08-04-2009, 12:17 AM
Thats too sad, I've been to a few af2 games, and they were fun to watch...

Bronco LB52
08-04-2009, 12:21 AM
It is indeed sad. I wasn't the biggest AFL fan, but it was affordable family entertainment for many households that are priced out of the NFL.

It was also fan friendly. The teams gave out a lot of cool prizes in multitude and the players signed everyone's autographs after the game.

Bronco LB52
08-04-2009, 12:25 AM
The new development league, the United Football League, sounds interesting, but it will be hard to follow it with all the NFL and college football action in the fall.

I know there's rarely a game on Wednesday night, but it's overkill even for the most diehard fans.

08-04-2009, 12:38 AM
Well, it lasted 20+ years. That's tough for any start-up league to do. The economic downturn likely was too much for it to overcome. Never went to any games, but I'd watch a bit now and then on ESPN. It was always better than nothing, and had its charm.

08-04-2009, 01:18 AM
I'd rather watch the CFL.. I Have been actually, since the Mets network has been carrying the games on Friday nights.

Another cool thing the Mets Network has been doing has been carrying the Austrailian Football League games. I haven't seen these things since the early days of ESPN nand it's good to see Geelong kick ass again. The AFL is an afterthought at best.......