Five days after the owners of the 16 Arena Football League franchises voted not to follow through on tentative plans to scuttle the 2009 season, the owners have apparently changed their minds.
According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the AFL will announce on Monday that the 2009 season has been canceled, and that the 21-year-old indoor pro football league will return in 2010.
The decision, per the report, was made during a Sunday night conference call.
Several teams reportedly did not plan to participate in the 2009 season, including the Dallas Desperadoes (owned by Cowboys owner Jerry Jones), the Philadelphia Soul (owned in part by Ron Jaworski and Jon Bon Jovi), the Colorado Crush (owned in part by John Elway and Broncos owner Pat Bowlen), the Georgia Force (owned by Falcons owner Arthur Blank), the Chicago Rush, and the Cleveland Gladiators.
“We couldn’t be taken seriously if we lost too many teams, especially in big markets,” an unnamed source told the Plain Dealer.  “That’s what was going to happen.  We needed to shut down and reorganize.”


  1. This news leaves me very disappointed as a fan of the AFL. Without a season, there will be no revenue, which means there will be no money to run a season in 2010.
    I hope they end up making af2 the new AFL because it’s actually financially viable, and there can be more teams.

  2. I can’t say that I’m surprised by the news. Indianapolis had an AFL team for a few year, a year after they were in the championship game the owner tried to sell the team on e-bay and the league made him cancel the auction. Apparently he was tired of losing money and was hoping to get some of his investment back. At the same time that he could give his team away the New Jersey and Colorado teams had just been formed and paid large money to join the AFL. Didn’t that raise any red flags to people regarding the viability of the league?

  3. I’m sure somebody in the AFL has some kind of connections to Congress. Just ask for a bailout.

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