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AFL continues its rock-star affiliation

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Maybe Bon Jovi should have stuck with the AFL.

As the Arena Football League tries to become a rock-star outfit, more and more outfits are becoming owned by rock stars.

Last year, Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons of KISS purchased an expansion franchise in L.A.  This year, Vince Neil of Motley Crüe will own a new team that will be placed in Las Vegas.  The team will be known as the Outlaws.

“The opportunity came up to bring a franchise to Las Vegas and that’s where I’m from,” Neil said in a press release.  “Every guy wants to be an ‘outlaw’, so why not give them the Outlaws?”

Two other AFL franchises have played in Las Vegas, including the Gladiators, which moved from New Jersey before moving to Cleveland before qualifying for this year’s Arena Bowl.

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25 Responses to “AFL continues its rock-star affiliation”
  1. “I impacted the game and as an official you never want to do that," Bill Leavy said in reference to Super Bowl XL. "It left me with a lot of sleepless nights and I think about it constantly. I’ll go to my grave wishing that I’d been better.” says: Aug 22, 2014 2:59 PM

    At least the AFL’s officiating is better than the NFL’s.

  2. dubzito says: Aug 22, 2014 3:15 PM

    Will they rock the old Las Vegas Outlaws XFL throwbacks once a year?

  3. mmsierra says: Aug 22, 2014 3:16 PM

    You use a pretty loose definition of ‘Rock Star’ !!

    KISS ?? Motley Crue ?? Bon Jovi ??
    REALLY ??

  4. thestrategyexpert says: Aug 22, 2014 3:21 PM

    I’d rather be an in-law, or just about anything else for that matter. I like to hunt outlaws.

  5. weareluckytohavemikeflorio says: Aug 22, 2014 3:30 PM

    re MMsierra ‘pretty loose definition of Rock Star”.
    Kiss over 100 Million album sales world wide
    Crue over 80 Million album sales world wide
    Bon Jovi over 100 Million album sales world wide.

    I think all 3 meet the minimum standard of “Rock Stars”

  6. eugenesaxe1 says: Aug 22, 2014 3:34 PM

    mmsierra: Yep, they qualify. For that matter, each group roamed the earth as gods during their respective eras.

  7. vicnocal says: Aug 22, 2014 3:37 PM

    Is that Vince Neil or Wynona Judd?

  8. kingokra says: Aug 22, 2014 3:37 PM

    mmsierra says:Aug 22, 2014 3:16 PM

    You use a pretty loose definition of ‘Rock Star’ !!

    KISS ?? Motley Crue ?? Bon Jovi ??
    REALLY ??
    Let’s see…sold millions of albums, check. Babes, check. Booze and drugs (except for Gene), check. Worldwide name recognition, check. That pretty darn near screams ROCK STAR.

  9. Bearfan54 says: Aug 22, 2014 3:49 PM

    I’m an Outlaw and I’m already offended by the team name!

  10. sactogary says: Aug 22, 2014 3:50 PM

    Every guy wants to be an outlaw? Really? It’s not that hard. Just commit some crimes and exhibit anti-social behavior. I think Charlie Sheen calls that “winning.”

  11. Hodor H'ghar says: Aug 22, 2014 3:53 PM

    I would like to see Slayer buy a team.

  12. slugbaitspace says: Aug 22, 2014 3:53 PM

    Someone should call James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich…

  13. billybone says: Aug 22, 2014 3:54 PM

    I gotta give it to you Mike, you find the funniest pictures to go with your articles.

  14. i thumbs down your comment says: Aug 22, 2014 3:56 PM

    mmsierra would prefer One Direction and Miley Cyrus

  15. realskipbayless says: Aug 22, 2014 3:59 PM

    mmsierra says:
    Aug 22, 2014 3:16 PM
    You use a pretty loose definition of ‘Rock Star’ !!

    KISS ?? Motley Crue ?? Bon Jovi ??
    REALLY ??

    It doesn’t make them any less of a rock star just because they are old and outta their prime. Their music will live on for a long time.

  16. theageofquarrel says: Aug 22, 2014 4:08 PM

    Vince looks like he going to attack a ham

  17. cubano76 says: Aug 22, 2014 4:12 PM

    Dude! The chick in that picture has a beard. Yuck!

  18. nfl4dummies says: Aug 22, 2014 4:34 PM

    Are they rock stars?… My guess is mmsierra is under 20yrs old…

  19. afcdomination says: Aug 22, 2014 4:34 PM

    to be honest, the show “4th and Loud” is super entertaining. mostly because its just freaking hilarious how low rent it is compared to hard knocks. how bad the players are, that a season can hinge on the health of Colt Brennan, the ridiculous Kiss brand and them actually wanting the players to wear makeup on the field. the conference that has all the “top people” who work with the AFL, and it looks like a Best Western in Chino.

    great show. oh and they try to sell that arena is harder hitting and more exciting. its fun stuff.

  20. jsjax37 says: Aug 22, 2014 4:35 PM

    He Hate Me

  21. patsbrat says: Aug 22, 2014 5:10 PM

    Outlaws Green Grass and High Tides > Motley Crue

  22. bahoto34 says: Aug 22, 2014 5:13 PM

    las vegas outlaws? cmon…the “las vegas crue” would’ve been a better name

  23. coloneldukelacross says: Aug 22, 2014 6:51 PM

    Tell Vince he doesn’t have to play and that he can stop trying to eat his way out of the league.

  24. nickp91 says: Aug 22, 2014 8:38 PM

    Las Vegas Outlaws used a franchise in the XFL in 2001

  25. steelerfan9598 says: Aug 22, 2014 9:52 PM

    Vegas Crüe woulda been a way cooler name than LA Kiss (shoulda been Destroyers or Thunder Gods or even LA Dynasty for that matter).

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