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Pro football returns to L.A., sort of

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Yes, professional football finally has returned to Los Angeles.  But not in the way the NFL would envision.

The Arena Football League will place a new franchise in L.A., partially owned by and named for the hottest band in the world, KISS.

Debuting in 2014, the L.A. KISS will be owned by a group including KISS founding members Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons.  The league announced the new franchise on Thursday.

“Season tickets are now on sale for what we know will be some of the most action-packed games ever played at the Honda Center,” Stanley said in a release issued by the AFL. “Arena Football is played at a fast and furious pace and making season tickets available now for the budget-friendly price of $99 gives a whole new meaning to bang for the buck.”

KISS has always given a unique meaning to “bang,” thanks to performances that feature explosions and fire and fake blood and other stuff that has made the group one of the most popular in rock history.

So now we’ll (or at least I’ll) have to spend a little time paying attention to the AFL, especially when the L.A. KISS plays.  Indeed, KISS had a bit of an indirect role in the creation of this Internet destination.  Stanley and Simmons always explained that they created the act they’d pay to see; in that same spirit, we created the website where we’d spend our time.And now we’ll (or at least I’ll) spend some time following the perfect combination of the greatest sport and the greatest band.Once the games begin, the blood no longer will be fake.

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31 Responses to “Pro football returns to L.A., sort of”
  1. doall24 says: Aug 15, 2013 7:49 PM

    from the headline, i thought the vikings had really moved to LA. then i saw the sort of, and thought for sure it was the vikings because they are sort of a team.

  2. bobzilla1001 says: Aug 15, 2013 7:49 PM

    What’s with celebrities and former NFL players’ fascination with a defenseless football league no one cares about?
    Arenaball is TERRIBLE!!!

  3. Iknoweverything says: Aug 15, 2013 7:59 PM

    This team will be better than Cleveland, Jacksonville, Miami, and FILTHadelphia.

    With classier fans than, Green Bay, FortyWHiners, Patriots, Steelers, and FILTHadelphia

  4. handsofsweed says: Aug 15, 2013 8:04 PM

    And after every TD, they are going for two! WHY?

    Because they’re worth a Deuce. That’s why.

    Can’t wait to see those uniforms, either.

  5. harrisonhits2 says: Aug 15, 2013 8:07 PM

    Countdown until phone rings with a call from the band Kiss’s attorney telling them they can’t use the band’s logo –

    3-2-1

    Ring ring ring

    Lol this team’s management is pretty stupid if they thought they could get away with that.

  6. sickoe47 says: Aug 15, 2013 8:14 PM

    “season tickets are now on sale for what we know will be some of the most action packed games ever played at the honda center”

    Shouldn’t the title read,

    Pro football finally returns to anaheim!

    Not LA?!

  7. cowpiesnotcowboys says: Aug 15, 2013 8:22 PM

    T.O. might be able to get a job now.

  8. i, flounder says: Aug 15, 2013 8:25 PM

    aaron hernandez has more hits than kiss

  9. ilovefoolsball says: Aug 15, 2013 8:27 PM

    I’d rather watch NFL training camp.

  10. monkeyhateclean says: Aug 15, 2013 8:31 PM

    Let me guess…its the Vikes? I heard the owner is a bit shady and lookin’ for a fatter deal!!! PONY UP FOR DA MVP, WEST SIDE

  11. richiesaurus310 says: Aug 15, 2013 8:34 PM

    Why not build a new stadium in Inglewood, where Hollywood Park and the Forum is. Get it done Commish!!

  12. anchorbarred says: Aug 15, 2013 8:40 PM

    “Beth, I hear you folding…”

    Give it a year.

  13. maiphatdong says: Aug 15, 2013 8:55 PM

    Its not l.a., neither are the angels, and kiss sux

  14. eglsfan says: Aug 15, 2013 8:58 PM

    @Iknoweverything says:
    Aug 15, 2013 7:59 PM
    This team will be better than Cleveland, Jacksonville, Miami, and FILTHadelphia.

    With classier fans than, Green Bay, FortyWHiners, Patriots, Steelers, and FILTHadelphia

    Apparently you team ha been repeatedly pounded by the Eagles & you harbor some sort or ptss…….heaumeaux

  15. nananatman says: Aug 15, 2013 9:06 PM

    Groooosssss and cheeeeeezy a la “The Anaheim Mighty Ducks” and “Toronto Raptors” but much much worse.

  16. abninf says: Aug 15, 2013 9:13 PM

    They’ll have the hottest and most scantily clad cheerleaders in sports history.

  17. jpthereafter says: Aug 15, 2013 9:39 PM

    New rival to the Grand Fork nickleback’s.

  18. giantsfanlewis says: Aug 15, 2013 9:52 PM

    Boy oh boy to bad bon jovi still didn’t own the phili soul or we could have a good game with the greatest halftime show ever

  19. boonevol says: Aug 15, 2013 9:54 PM

    I’d rather watch the CFL than Arena ball.

  20. redbearwoodall says: Aug 15, 2013 9:54 PM

    Kiss was so overrated. Their eccentric performances made up for their lack of songwriting talent. Foreigner, Boston, and Van Halen were much better, and that’s just off the top of my head.

  21. germanstingray says: Aug 15, 2013 10:17 PM

    I can’t wait to see the face painting.

  22. brimab says: Aug 15, 2013 10:53 PM

    They should call them the LA KISS of Anaheim. It was such a great idea when the Angels went with that.

  23. divan22 says: Aug 15, 2013 11:06 PM

    KISS: awful music for old people.

  24. eatitfanboy says: Aug 15, 2013 11:42 PM

    @harrisonhits2:

    Guess you missed the part of the post which stated that the band owns the team

  25. nomesayin says: Aug 16, 2013 12:30 AM

    I remember reading an article in “Circus” magazine more than 30 years ago. Paul Stanley asserted that KISS would only ever wear silver and black in their costumes while performing. I bet I can guess what the team colors will be. I’d be willing to bet on it.

  26. Jackson Scofield says: Aug 16, 2013 1:37 AM

    harrisonhits, you know that the band OWNS the team, right? I don’t think they are going to be filing legal action against THEMSELVES.

  27. jpaq68 says: Aug 16, 2013 8:17 AM

    This would explain what KISS is doing promoting the Arena Bowl in Orlando this weekend

  28. jpaq68 says: Aug 16, 2013 8:26 AM

    The NFL will be returning to Los Angeles in seven years. In seven years Ralph Wilson will in all likelihood be dead, the penalty for the Bills franchise to break its’ lease with Erie County will be negligible and the new owners of the Bills would have had plenty of time to get a new stadium approved and built.

  29. whodey420 says: Aug 16, 2013 9:41 AM

    I always thought KISS was pretty cool. Then I turned 8 years old and stopped going trick or treating!! Bunch of no talent simpletons! Probably what their team will be made up of.

  30. bergthe1st says: Aug 16, 2013 10:29 AM

    “new franchise in L.A., partially owned by and named for the hottest band in the world, KISS”

    The hottest band in WHAT world??

    I used to rock out to KISS. I really liked ‘em. Then I turned nine and outgrew that crap.

  31. dwhcic says: Aug 16, 2013 1:53 PM

    Terrible femmy name from a terrible femmy band. I’m sure the product on the field will be the same.

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