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Arena Football League owners cancel 2009 season

Discussion in 'Sports Programming and Events' started by Steve615, Dec 15, 2008.

  1. Steve615

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    From ESPN.com:
    The Arena Football League has canceled its 2009 season,pending an agreement with its players union.
    The AFL's owners voted to cancel the season during a conference call last night.
    That decision leaves the future of the 22 year old league in the air.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/extra/afl/news/story?id=3770637
     
  2. Stuart Sweet

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    That's just sad.
     
  3. fluffybear

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    Peachtree...

    Does not surprise me at all..

    What surprised me the most is that the league has been around for 22 years. I really thought the league has been around for no more then 10 or 11.
     
  4. machavez00

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    I thought the NFL had bought a stake in the league.
     
  5. homeskillet

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    I think you are thinking of the CFL... the NFL owns a stake in the Canadian Football League. I don't think they invested in the Arena Football League.

    Also of note, AFL2 will still have a season, the AFL developmental league.
     
  6. jclewter79

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    This sad, I know a guy that plays for the Dallas Desperados. They don't make hugh amounts of money but, then again, I don't think there is hugh amounts of money to be made in it. Arena ball is fun to watch, reminds me of watching the little schools play 6 man ball. I hope they make a comeback in 2010 but, with the economy the way it is today a lesser sport like this can be forgotten in a year. Really sad.
     
  7. djlong

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    Seems strange that the AFL is suspending it's season while it's minor-league AF2 is still running.
     
  8. digidan

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    My bet is the AFL never comes back. I've yet to see one of these minor league operations return from a hiatus.

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    Champions forever!
     
  9. Tom Robertson

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    Bummer. I had hopes of taking the grand-tibbers to see a game or two. They are old enough now.

    We'll see what happens next.

    Merry Christmas!
    Tom
     
  10. Steviek

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    This is true. The NFL purchased a 3-year option to buy a 49% stake in the AFL in 1999, but the option was never exercised.
     
  11. GrumpyBear

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    I sure hope they get it resolved. For alot of us I think the game was really just catching on. Its an exciting game played by a bunch of guys who just want a chance to play. Kind of sad when you see something like this happen, and they spend Millions on prima dona's in baseball, just so they can strikeout 2 out of 3 times.
     

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