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AFL players go on strike, for 6.5 hours

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On March 11, 2011, an NFL work stoppage officially launched, with the union decertifying and the league locking the players out.  The situation was resolved more than four months later.

A full 52 weeks to the day later, the AFL experienced a much shorter labor dispute.

The league explains in a press release issued moments ago that, on Friday night, the AFL Players Union went on strike at 6:35 p.m. ET.

The strike ended at 1:03 a.m. ET Saturday.

Apparently, the league’s swift response to the strike ended it.  The AFL reportedly fired the players and hired replacements.

According to, the players were looking for an increase in their per-game pay from $400 to $1,000.  Faced with the prospect of having the number drop to zero, the players apparently have relented.

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22 Responses to “AFL players go on strike, for 6.5 hours”
  1. tchurch316 says: Mar 10, 2012 10:20 PM

    That’s one he’ll of a union busting tactic

  2. katrinasafterbirth says: Mar 10, 2012 10:23 PM

    Not sure this league could survive if a bunch of no-names replace another bunch of no-names…actually, I didn’t even think this league was real.

  3. vstyle23 says: Mar 10, 2012 10:26 PM

    That wasn’t a strike, that was a nap

  4. nice2meetumarco says: Mar 10, 2012 10:26 PM

    Thank god, I was on pins and needles the entire time.

  5. duanethomas says: Mar 10, 2012 10:28 PM

    The pro-owner shills on this site wanted the owners to do this last spring. Go follow the AFL stupid people those OWNERS ARE YOUR HERO’S.

  6. gotampabay52 says: Mar 10, 2012 10:30 PM

    TO was scared…………

  7. tfbuckfutter says: Mar 10, 2012 10:41 PM

    Perhaps demanding 250% of your salary was a bit of a reach.

    Bet the owners would have give in for say 25%.

    Maybe get a new union head.

  8. stunzeed5 says: Mar 10, 2012 10:45 PM

    Colt Brennan washed out of the NFL…..flopped in the UFL….and is now in the CFL as a backup with some team called the “Riders”. Poor guy never had a shot to fail in the AFL!

  9. packerpride03 says: Mar 10, 2012 10:47 PM

    I hope the league goes under. Guys are out there playing the game they love for normal wages. Scab league should be new name

  10. charliereno says: Mar 10, 2012 10:47 PM

    Why does the AFL remind me of a middle eastern dictatorship? And why am I laughing hysterically?

  11. prideandpoise says: Mar 10, 2012 10:52 PM

    I don’t know what I’d do without the AFL. I guess I’d have to do my taxes.

  12. nflofficeadmin says: Mar 10, 2012 10:56 PM

    Now get back to work…

  13. rajbais says: Mar 10, 2012 11:14 PM

    The AFL has a union???

    Why do they only earn salaries that are less than $10,000????

  14. williamjheinecke says: Mar 10, 2012 11:57 PM

    Well, this is good, my unemployed tuckus can go see them play in Spokane now. Oh wait….

  15. ravenspit says: Mar 11, 2012 12:04 AM

    WOW, another strike and another chance for Duane “loser” Thomas to call people shills again. Please Duane, learn another word.

  16. Xenu D. Alien says: Mar 11, 2012 12:12 AM

    In the immortal words of Nelson Muntz,”Ha-ha!”

  17. cavredleg15 says: Mar 11, 2012 12:43 AM

    Imagine that you worked for a company for one fiscal year. You are the average employee. For that fiscal year you make $7200 base pay. Then Uncle Sam wants his cut… but wait EIC they get all that tax money back plus some…. These guys aren’t living high off the hog. I delivered pizza all of 2011 and my net income was larger than the 400 per game these guys get paid.

  18. losangelasbasketball says: Mar 11, 2012 1:34 AM

    Is this where all the virgins post?

  19. jwocky1 says: Mar 11, 2012 8:25 AM

    What a mockery

  20. bbk1000 says: Mar 11, 2012 8:46 AM

    I remember the AFL….Boston Patriots, Oilers, Jets…it would be more entertaining to watch those games than this arena crap.

    Strange why the NFL is doing their best to make their league similar with the hands off QB approach and the arena like scoring….Roger Goodell is ruining the game.

  21. greenbloodking says: Mar 11, 2012 8:46 AM

    AFL Players: We are officially on strike until you raise our salary to $1000 a game.

    6.5 hours later…

    AFL OWNERS: You guys are all fired and we will hire replacements in a week and probably for less than we’re paying you now.

    AFL Players: Sike… We was just playin. We’ll be in tomorrow. Stop being so serious guys. Learn to take a joke!

  22. johnnyb1976 says: Mar 11, 2012 12:26 PM

    Really!!!!! A strike!!!!! c’mon everyone knows these guys bag groceries in the off season they cant afford to go on strike for any more than 8 hours or they would have to pick up a 3rd job.

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