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AFL "enhances" its regular season

With all this talk of “enhancing” the NFL season from 16 to 18 games, another pro football league was apparently paying attention.

The Arena Football League has announced that it has expanded its regular season from 16 to 18 games.  (Unless the press release is a hoax.  I should probably call the AFL and ask them if they’re engaged in a social experiment aimed at proving that people rely upon the accuracy of information disseminated by a sports organization.)

“There has never been a better time for the Arena Football League,” Commissioner Jerry Kurz said in a news release.  “The product is exciting,
our economic model is sound and fans are demanding affordable family entertainment.  Extending our season is a great
decision, both from a business and fan perspective.”

One of the reasons that it’s a great time for the AFL is that the league went through bankruptcy a couple of years ago, wiping out the debts and, in turn, sticking it (at least partially) to the creditors.  Armed with a new lease on life and a balance sheet that has yet to fill up with red ink, the AFL can continue to play games that most of the country won’t really notice.

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  1. The Real Shuxion says: Aug 30, 2010 3:56 PM

    “There has never been a better time for the Arena Football League,” Commissioner Jerry Kurz said in a news release.
    Yes the AFL has seen no days as good as now. It has been promise and fortune for the AFL in the last 5 years to back this feeling.

  2. twotimes3233 says: Aug 30, 2010 3:56 PM

    Notice?
    Or actually get to see?
    The games are on the NFL Network now and that affords us all another opportunity to offer up a big, hearty “Thank You” to our friends at Time-Warner and Bright-House. The friendly communist cable providers.
    I used to be a fan.
    Now, I could give a rats ass.
    There’s a lesson here that the NFL should be paying attention to before they go and screw that up with a work stoppage.

  3. c4george says: Aug 30, 2010 4:17 PM

    There’s already a pro football league that plays 18 regular season games and 2 preseason games.
    It’s the CFL.

  4. edgy1957 says: Aug 30, 2010 4:44 PM

    # c4george says:
    It’s the CFL.
    ********
    And it’s no more NFL-like in talent than the Arena League. They have the single and a 110 yard field and wider end zones: should the NFL emulate those as well? Please. I like the CFL but for itself and not because it’s any better than the NFL.

  5. Jose Reyes says: Aug 30, 2010 5:01 PM

    Looks like Florio’s got his panties in a bunch because his manual aggregation service that he calls news got called out into question when blatantly reporting a false news item from another reporter.
    Hey Florio, real news sites check for supporting sources before just passing along “reports” as news.

  6. c4george says: Aug 30, 2010 5:50 PM

    edgy1957 says:
    August 30, 2010 4:44 PM
    # c4george says:
    It’s the CFL.
    ********
    And it’s no more NFL-like in talent than the Arena League. They have the single and a 110 yard field and wider end zones: should the NFL emulate those as well? Please. I like the CFL but for itself and not because it’s any better than the NFL.

    ******************
    …not saying the NFL should copy the CFL.
    I’m just getting a kick out of NFL players complaining that their bodies can’t take an 18 game season. If the Canadians can take it, why can’t the Americans?

  7. TheFoo says: Aug 30, 2010 6:21 PM

    Is the AFL on NBC or why is this even brought up?

  8. Bordner says: Aug 30, 2010 6:48 PM

    16 games… 18 games… 20 games… it doesn’t matter! The Shock will continue to dominate!!

  9. edgy1957 says: Aug 30, 2010 6:59 PM

    # c4george says:
    …not saying the NFL should copy the CFL.
    I’m just getting a kick out of NFL players complaining that their bodies can’t take an 18 game season. If the Canadians can take it, why can’t the Americans?
    ***********************
    If MLB players can do 162 games then WHY CAN’T CANADIANS?
    What a stupid argument. CFL players are NO WHERE NEAR as big as NFL players and while they are playing 18 games, they’re not taking NFL hits, just like college players aren’t taking NFL hits.
    If 18 games is no big thing then why have CFL teams pushed for larger active game rosters, practice squads and injury squads? If 18 games was nothing when compared to 16 then why didn’t they keep the same roster size in Canada? You might want to say that CFL rosters are smaller than NFL rosters but that’s NOT true. They’re virtually identical because on game day, the CFL dresses 42 while the NFL dresses 45 (Some people believe that the NFL has a 61-man roster because they think it’s a 53-man roster with an 8-person practice squad but it’s actually 45-man game roster and 8-man practice squad). When you consider the fact that a CFL team can have 42-man active, 4 man reserve and 7-man practice, it’s the same damn roster and it grew from what it used to be when it was 16 games.
    BTW, if you don’t think that size doesn’t matter when it comes to hits, I can tell you that you’re a fool. The average NFL player takes a hell of a lot more pounding than the average CFL player. Also, we don’t limit our rosters so that half of the team HAS to be non-imports. I like the CFL but don’t try to play on American ignorance of the game with me because I’ve been following the game since the 1960s.

  10. Mike Daly says: Aug 30, 2010 7:13 PM

    The CFL has had 18-game schedules forever; the USFL had 18-game seasons, now the AFL will have 18 games a year – the NFLPA needs to get real and endorse the 18-game season.
    Hoping the Manchester Wolves or New England Surge can come back into the AFL.

  11. RexRyan'sStressedLapband says: Aug 30, 2010 7:59 PM

    Hey Florio, real news sites check for supporting sources before just passing along “reports” as news.
    ======================================
    Perhaps you should check the title of the section within this particular website. News and RUMORS. Therefore, listing something as a “report” flies as a disclaimer.
    I think you must be new here. Florio a real news site? HA! Maybe you should stick to those mainstream media outlets that are so fair and balanced…hahahaha

  12. edgy1957 says: Aug 30, 2010 8:34 PM

    Mike Daly says: August 30, 2010 7:13 PM
    The CFL has had 18-game schedules forever;
    *****************
    If 1986 counts as forever, you’re right but you’re wrong.
    Also, while the USFL was the most “NFL-ready” league with a lot of talent that would find its way to NFL rosters, it was no more than 25% of their total players (and that’s ONLY if you count that last season). The average USFL team was stocked with guys who would end up being replacement players in 1987 and they sued the NFL because they increased their roster size and deprived the league of a lot of players who would have been at the bottom of the NFL pecking order but would have been in the middle of the USFL’s. USFL games weren’t exactly the greatest quality games at the end of the season so if you want a glimpse into what the NFL will become, look back at the league.

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