Pittsburgh will return to the AFL

Years after Pittsburgh last fielded a team in the Arena Football League, the city is close to getting a new franchise, according to Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Per the report, an announcement will be made Friday at the new Consol Energy Center, the successor to Mellon Arena, where the Pittsburgh Gladiators once played when the place was known as the Civic Arena.

The Gladiators moved to Tampa in 1991, and they became the Storm.

The ownership group includes Steelers Hall of Fame receiver Lynn Swann.  Neither the Steelers nor the Penguins hold an ownership in the team.

We assume the Pirates don’t either, if only because the Pirates aren’t interested in owning part of a team that can’t lose at least 100 games per year.

13 responses to “Pittsburgh will return to the AFL

  1. They’re gonna be called the River Wizards, which is probably the worst name in the history of organized sports. I was actually excited about this until I heard the name. No joke, it’s a huge turnoff and I wonder how many other people will feel the same way.

  2. Arena football will have a great one year run, like it did the first time in the late 80s in Pittsburgh and then in other markets.
    Then it will fade like a shooting star.
    Arena football is like an X-Rated movie. Everyone scores in the first five minutes, then you get tired of it.
    It’s not football and will go the way of other McSports like indoor soccer and lacrosse.
    Get ’em while they’re hot because they’ll be gone as soon as they’re not. The over under is 2 years.

  3. steveinohio says:
    about time they put a football team in pitsburgh.
    This coming from a guy from Ohio. Yes Ohio the state real football teams come from like the Browns and Bengals. Which have a combined 0 championships in the past 40 years. Hell when was the last time any pro sports team won something in ohio?

  4. The Steelers were considered for the opening, but the fledgling league is very conscious of it’s public image.

  5. “This coming from a guy from Ohio. Yes Ohio the state real football teams come from like the Browns and Bengals. Which have a combined 0 championships in the past 40 years. Hell when was the last time any pro sports team won something in ohio? ”
    Columbus Crew. 2008 MLS Cup champs.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MLS_Cup

  6. Tonight on NFL network is ArenaBowl 23, so it’s not exactly a one and done league like TomTheBombTracy indicated.
    The Pittsburgh Gladiators lasted 4 years going to the ArenaBowl twice. The team then relocated and became the Tampa Bay Storm where they have won 5 championships and hope to win their sixth tonight.
    That’s right, the Tampa Bay Storm, the best thing to ever come out of Pittsburgh.

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