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.