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    Arena League calling it quits?

    [size=12pt]AFL reportedly to suspend operations for '09[/size]

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    The Arena Football League, which has grown steadily in popularity and fan attendance during the past decade, is expected to cancel what would have been its 23rd season in 2009, according to multiple media reports.

    The Rocky Mountain News reported Wednesday that league officials are expected to make the announcement before the end of the week. The Kansas City Star later reported that Pete Likens, communications director for the Kansas City Brigade, said the AFL players' union agreed late Tuesday to the decision.

    "It's pretty much a done deal to suspend the 2009 season and work toward a single entity-league," Likens said, according to The Star. "We plan to start up again in 2010."

    Hopefully this does not hurt the league more than helps. I for one have gotten more and more into the AFL over the last couple of seasons and woudl love to see them have a franchise in MN

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    Re: Arena League to cancel 2009 season

    As long as you're not trying to substitute the NFL for the AFL it's OK to watch.
    It is a very different game in both strategy and quality.
    If you have the right mindset, it can be entertaining.
    If Minny got a franchise, I would watch and try to follow...I'd at least give it a shot.

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    Re: Arena League to cancel 2009 season

    Good. Less AFL means more NHL
    We're bringing purple back.

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    Re: Arena League to cancel 2009 season

    Ill miss the Philadelphia Soul and Jon Bon Jovi.
    "There are 3 things that sell in America:
    Violence, sex, and drugs.
    The only way you are going to make this game more appealing to the public than it was before is if there are on field orgies at halftime and the domes become massive opium dens."

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    Re: Arena League to cancel 2009 season

    as long as Lingerie Football rolls on I don´t care
    El underdog.

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    Re: Arena League to cancel 2009 season

    We've got an Arena2 (at least we had) team 30 min. away in manchester, N. H. called the Wolves.
    Never paid much attention to it. Got free tix to a game last summer, 1 row behind vis. bench.
    Players were cool, interacting with fans.
    The Wolves were 1-7 and in last place an the other team was in 1st.
    Wolves behind the whole game.
    Tied game with under 2 mins. left.
    Next poss. returned int. for tD.
    Very exciting.
    They won something like 73-66.
    Won all but one more game and made playoffs.
    It was a great time but don't think we would have paid for tix.
    The game sucks if you like good "D".
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    Re: Arena League to cancel 2009 season

    This saddens me.
    As a younger man, my brother and I were big fans of the Arizona Rattlers.
    This was before we got a baseball franchise and there was nothing else sports-related to follow here in the valley during the sweltering summer months.
    I have been to about a dozen arena football and had a blast every time.
    I even went to a playoff game in '95 when Kurt Warner threw a touchdown pass at the last second and ended our season.

    As soon as the DBacks rolled into town that was the deathbell for the Rattler franchise.
    The stands looked like WNBA games (from what I caught on TV).
    Even though I wasn't a big fan anymore, I am still glad it was around.

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    Re: Arena League to cancel 2009 season

    "Garland" wrote:
    [size=12pt]AFL reportedly to suspend operations for '09[/size]

    ESPN.com news services

    The Arena Football League, which has grown steadily in popularity and fan attendance during the past decade, is expected to cancel what would have been its 23rd season in 2009, according to multiple media reports.

    The Rocky Mountain News reported Wednesday that league officials are expected to make the announcement before the end of the week. The Kansas City Star later reported that Pete Likens, communications director for the Kansas City Brigade, said the AFL players' union agreed late Tuesday to the decision.

    "It's pretty much a done deal to suspend the 2009 season and work toward a single entity-league," Likens said, according to The Star. "We plan to start up again in 2010."

    Hopefully this does not hurt the league more than helps. I for one have gotten more and more into the AFL over the last couple of seasons and woudl love to see them have a franchise in MN
    There has been Arena teams here before, Mankato had the Mankato Rage.
    I made it to one game when I was young.. definitely was fun


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    Re: Arena League to cancel 2009 season

    "Vikeman" wrote:
    We've got an Arena2 (at least we had) team 30 min. away in manchester, N. H. called the Wolves.
    Never paid much attention to it. Got free tix to a game last summer, 1 row behind vis. bench.
    Players were cool, interacting with fans.
    The Wolves were 1-7 and in last place an the other team was in 1st.
    Wolves behind the whole game.
    Tied game with under 2 mins. left.
    Next poss. returned int. for tD.
    Very exciting.
    They won something like 73-66.
    Won all but one more game and made playoffs.
    It was a great time but don't think we would have paid for tix.
    The game sucks if you like good "D".
    It is a very fan freindly type of mind set, and is very much trying to not be like the NFL. Like others have said, not a defensive game and thankfully is not which is what makes it exciting.
    I have only seen it on TV but if definatly has its own nitch.

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    Re: Arena League to cancel 2009 season

    They are not shutting down just yet. They had a conference call, and are still planning on playing. The players are willing to take less(NFL and the other leagues should take a hint) in order to play.

    As for minnesota getting a team, i'm not sure. The arenas are already booked for Family shows, sports and other events one of them is bound to suffer. As an example, metallica
    could have played here in late october. They played des moines instead, and won't be in the twin cities until at least mid 2009.

    Although, it could be in other cities, and still be accessible to outstate residents:
    Mankato
    Rochester
    Duluth
    St. Cloud(this would be tough, based on the arena configuration.)

    Why couldn't they play in one of the College arenas for a few years. Then, after they gain popularity, move to the target center or the 'x'.
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