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The Arena Football League is back

Recently, NFL Network announced a deal to televise the games of “Arena Football 1,” the new version of the now-defunct Arena Football League.

Earlier today, however, “Arena Football 1” apparently re-became the Arena Football League.

In a media alert regarding a Wednesday conference call, it was declared that “the Arena Football League is back.” 

Commission Jerry Kurz will speak at that time regarding the 15-team league, which will include teams of the prior Arena Football League like the Tampa Bay Storm, the Arizona Rattlers, and the Chicago Rush.

Also participating in the call will be Rush co-owner Mike Ditka, Cleveland Gladiators president and co-owner Bernie Kosar, Rattlers president Danny White, Rush coach Mike Hohensee, and Storm coach Tim Marcum.

Kurz will discuss details regarding the comeback of the AFL, plans for the upcoming season, and expansion objectives for 2011.

Several NFL owners had full or partial stakes in AFL teams; it’s unknown whether any of them will be reinvesting in the new league.

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30 Responses to “The Arena Football League is back”
  1. Voxy Moron says: Feb 15, 2010 9:20 PM

    Defending Champion Philadelphia Soul!!!

  2. Bill In DC says: Feb 15, 2010 9:24 PM

    Football in the spring/summer is football. Bring it

  3. Chapnasty2 says: Feb 15, 2010 9:25 PM

    You know between this and the UFL the NFL could really benefit from developing a farm system similar to MLB. MLB has A-AAA farm clubs and it allows them to develop talent, why not apply the same principle to the UFL and Arena Football Leauges? It would only be logical to assume that developing undrafted free agents while combining the marketing power of the NFL would lead to huge crowds and an increase in total profits.

  4. Dolphinatic says: Feb 15, 2010 9:29 PM

    Goooo Cleveland!!!

  5. this class sucks says: Feb 15, 2010 9:31 PM

    Lets go San Jose!!! Apparently they have been good in the past. I wouldn’t know on account of my lack of caring for this light brand of football.

  6. edgeofepic says: Feb 15, 2010 9:36 PM

    I’d like the UFL champion to play the Arena League Champion. Winner advances to play the St. Louis Rams in a pre-season game.

  7. cnelson13 says: Feb 15, 2010 9:38 PM

    It’s still called Arena Football 1.

  8. Hooby says: Feb 15, 2010 9:57 PM

    now that theyre on nfln i might actually watch some of it

  9. bofarr says: Feb 15, 2010 9:59 PM

    Class, don’t think San Ho has a team this time around which kind of sucks, the Cats were a good time and fun to watch. Who knows, they might come back if the league does well this season.

  10. C_Munk says: Feb 15, 2010 10:01 PM

    Hey some type of football in the NFL offseason works for me. NASCAR and NBA and golf can only get you through so long.

  11. straightup says: Feb 15, 2010 10:21 PM

    I really enjoyed the arena football. I hope the NEW ORLEANS VOODOO comes back.

  12. schooney says: Feb 15, 2010 10:22 PM

    Will Farve come back to play in this league???

  13. edgy1957 says: Feb 15, 2010 10:22 PM

    Yeah and apparently they can’t take any criticism. They send their message board Nazis after anyone that says anything negative (just like they did when they were the Arena League). Their hope is to stifle all criticism of their decisions. A minor league that wants to be a major league acting like a bush league – Arena Football Fever – inoculate yourself from it.

  14. drbob1117 says: Feb 15, 2010 10:25 PM

    Bon Jovi must be a major league jerk… we supported the team , they won the most recent title, and he still couldn’t find a way to make it work in this version of the league? BTW, Jon you still owe Philly that free concert you promised if the Soul won the championship.

  15. Shawn says: Feb 15, 2010 10:26 PM

    I miss watching Arena Football especially since it gave you the opportunity to watch football after the nfl season without having to pay for a special channel(NFL Europe, NFL Network). I hope when the teams come back that all the original rosters are reinstated. With the exception of any players playing elsewhere. I’m still going to cheer on the San Jose Sabercats and the Philadelphia Soul.

  16. MoonScorch says: Feb 15, 2010 11:07 PM

    Bring back the Miami Hooters.

  17. Flvikesfan says: Feb 15, 2010 11:13 PM

    Where are the Iowa Barn Stormers?? Put Kurt Warner back in the seat and watch him light it up again.

  18. Champs says: Feb 15, 2010 11:38 PM

    It’s almost as if the league and its owners are looking for pro football content to run in 2011.

  19. buck_u_pack_haterz says: Feb 15, 2010 11:47 PM

    Looking at all the comments you guys are some real die hards and by die hards I mean desperate individuals.

  20. IAVikefan says: Feb 15, 2010 11:51 PM

    Iowa Barnstormers are now Arena II. We wish we had warner back…

  21. charliewade says: Feb 16, 2010 12:31 AM

    @chapnasty2: the NFL already has a farm system: NCAA football.
    Why would they want to pay for a minor league system ala baseball or the NBA/NBDL when they already have one that costs them nothing?
    And think about the PR aspect of the current system. The NFL gets this farm system with NO media questioning their role in letting people in college play, practice, and train their brains out for future jobs instead of going to class. Why change that?

  22. TimT says: Feb 16, 2010 3:19 AM

    I wonder if the NFLN’s support is a backhanded attempt to squash the UFL. I mean, how mean uninteresting, money-losing football leagues can NFL-starved fans support?

  23. scomibord says: Feb 16, 2010 3:39 AM

    Come on Tom Benson, bring back the Boneyard. You can’t tell me the Voodoo didn’t make money. All their home games were sold out. Had the best attendance record for the last three years. Two Arena Bowl sellouts in a row. I know, I was there for all of the games. Go Voodoo.

  24. iusedtobeteddybayer says: Feb 16, 2010 6:22 AM

    What changed? They went out of business, now they’re back. What’s different?

  25. 8man says: Feb 16, 2010 7:32 AM

    Hmm. Weren’t they in bankruptcy? I guess they were waiting for a cash infusion or a TV deal that would put them close to break even or over.
    But the fact that they didn’t play for a year until this happens indicates to me that they lost less money by not doing anything as opposed to pairing back and playing with only the profitable franchises.
    I know when I watched, the games seemed to be well attended. And they were shown on ESPN. So how were they not making any money?

  26. WhySoSerious says: Feb 16, 2010 7:36 AM

    Right on… Go Voodoo!

  27. Florio-is-a-tool says: Feb 16, 2010 8:49 AM

    With all of Bernie Kosar’s financial difficulties he’s still able to invest in this league? Something might be fishy…

  28. ddolphinman13 says: Feb 16, 2010 10:20 AM

    For all you Arena Football fans out there keep an eye on Spokane Shock linebacker Kevin McCullough. He is a BEAST! He lead the Spokane D to a Arena 2 championship last year and the Shock are now part of the “Arena Football League”. This kid is ALWAYS around the ball & making plays.
    Kevin McCullough:
    2006: first team ALL-BIG EAST selection while playing for the Cincinnati Bearcats

  29. charliewade says: Feb 16, 2010 11:24 AM

    If McCullough is SO good, such a beast, then answer me this:
    Why isn’t he on an NFL roster, much less being a ‘beast’ on one of them?
    AFL is fine for what it is: something to sate everyone’s football love in the NFL off-season. But let’s not get carried away here, it’s a minor league football league. It’s nothing to get too excited about or attacted to.
    Unless you live in a backwater place like Spokane.

  30. edgy1957 says: Feb 16, 2010 1:59 PM

    charliewade says:
    If McCullough is SO good, such a beast, then answer me this:
    Why isn’t he on an NFL roster, much less being a ‘beast’ on one of them?
    What a load of hooey. What about the guys that won national championships in college but never made it to the NFL? Does that diminish their accomplishments? You do realize that there is a College Football Hall Of Fame that has players in it there never played in the NFL and yet, their fans revere them every bit as much (and maybe even more) than their NFL counterparts?
    In the context of Arena Football, what a player does IS relevant and shouldn’t be diminished by what they did or didn’t do in the NFL. Since he was talking about the guy in the context of the league that he’s playing in, your statement is irrelevant TO THAT conversation.
    BTW, how many former “minor league” players for the USFL d0 you think made major contributions once they got the chance in the NFL? Hell, Jim Kelly is in the Hall Of Fame, as is Steve Young and so is Reggie White and Gary Zimmerman. Not bad for a bunch of “beasts” who played in a minor league, don’t you think. It’s also quite possible that former NFL Europe and Arena League QB, Kurt Warner, will be admitted in 5 or 6 years. By no means is the Arena League a feeder system for the NFL (Too many differences in the athletes required to play in each league) but that doesn’t meant that they haven’t had NFL quality players go through their system.

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