David Staral Jr. bought the Arena Football League's Chicago Rush in February. He replaced an owner whose tenure had lasted three months before the league "terminated its relationship" with her because of financial issues. But, look: Staral has three convicted felonies to go with even bigger financial issues.
Arena Football League players presumably aren't in it for the money, since, at roughly $400 per game, most of them don't make all that much money to begin with. Those who would like to the league improve player salaries don't have much leverage, either, since it's pretty easy for a league composed mostly of guys off…
Arena Football's 25th season kicked off last night, but it would be a stretch to call what was played in Orlando "football." A players' strike hours before kickoff meant both teams mostly used replacement players selected in a draft before the game, leaving NFL Network announcers without rosters and some players …
Your morning roundup for May 12, the day old coot Yogi Berra will come up with something witty to say about turning 82, even though he's only 81.
The good part about Arena Football — the front row is right on top of the players. The bad part, for one Orlando waitress, is that the players occasionally end up in the front row. [NFL.com]
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Bon Jovi and his fellow owners are working to keep the AFL afloat, even phone chatting at 7 p.m. each night, but he said chances of survival are "50-50." Also, the CFL kicks off tonight. Happy Canada Day! [Fifth Down]
The first professional sports demise of the economic recession isn't quite official yet. After nearly dumping its 2009 season just yesterday, Arena Football League officials have decided to postpone the decision and reconsider opening for business.
However you feel about the Arena Football League being shoved down our throat in that oh-so conflict of interest-y way by ESPN, its most popular team has a pretty cool promotion going on. All citizens living in Morrisville, the hometown of Philadelphia Soul receiver Chris Jackson, are offered free tickets to the…
Good news, everybody! The Arena Football League (motto: It's Like Football In Your Garage, Only Without The Danger Of Sharp Tools) is coming to Cleveland! And Bernie Kosar will be the team president and CEO. The team will retain the name Gladiators until they come up with a better one. Any ideas?
After their television contract with NBC ran out this past season, we had been wondering what would happen to the Arena Football League; it's more than 20 years old, after all, and more successful than ever. (It's football pinball, and they play it in Utah!) Where would they land and still hang onto their soul?