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The indoor league shut down for good in November after failing to find a financial backer to sustain operations.


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The Arena Football League is no more. After more than three decades, the league is ceasing operations. It filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy on.


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In , the AFL celebrated its silver anniversary for its 25th season of operations. On March 16, , a new deal on a four-year CBA was reached, nearly doubling player compensation and granting expanded health insurance benefits.{/INSERTKEYS}{/PARAGRAPH} He presented the idea to a few friends at the NFL offices, where he received praise and encouragement for his concept. There are a number of reasons why these teams failed, including financially weak ownership groups, lack of deep financial support from some owners otherwise capable of providing it, lack of media exposure, and the host city's evident lack of interest in its team or the sport as a whole. The league's schedule , announced on the league's website on December 10, , showed an eight-team league playing a game regular season over 18 weeks, with two bye weeks for each team, one on a rotational basis and the other a "universal bye" for all teams during the Independence Day weekend, the first weekend in July. All teams qualified for the postseason, meaning that the regular season served only to establish seeding. AFL commissioner Scott Butera announced that a new identity would be announced at a later date. Following the suspension of the AFL's season, league officials and owners of af2 which had played its season as scheduled began discussing the future of arena football and the two leagues. In , the season expanded to 16 games. The AFL also became the third sports league to lose its postseason the first being Major League Baseball , which lost its postseason in because of a strike. The AFL played 22 seasons from to ; internal issues caused the league to cancel its season, though the af2 did play. The year brought heightened interest in the AFL. Davis hired the original coaches and was the architect of the league's original wide-open offensive playbooks. He reached an agreement with NBC for a "test game". High hopes for the AFL waned when interim commissioner Ed Policy announced his resignation, citing the obsolescence of his position in the reformatted league. The San Antonio Talons folded on October 13, , after the league which owned the team failed to find a new owner. One of the league's early success stories was the Detroit Drive. Also, the year also brought a spin-off league, the af2 , intended to be a developmental league , comparable to the National Football League 's NFL Europe. While it was not financially lucrative, it helped set the stage for what the league would become in the new millennium. In , players were no longer allowed to run out of bounds. This was also the first year the ArenaBowl was played at a neutral site. Baker explained, "When I took over as commissioner, I thought it would be for one year. The auction occurred on November 25, In addition to the historical teams, the league added two new expansion franchises, the Dallas Vigilantes and the Jacksonville Sharks. {PARAGRAPH}{INSERTKEYS}The AFL played a proprietary code known as arena football , a form of indoor American football played on a by yard field about a quarter of the surface area of an NFL field , with rules encouraging offensive performance, resulting in a faster-paced and higher-scoring game. In , free substitution was allowed, ending the "iron man" era of one-platoon football ; also, games ending in ties were abolished. From the season until the late s, the most exposure the league would receive was on ESPN, which aired tape-delayed games, often well after midnight, and often edited to match the allotted time slot. On October 29, , league commissioner Randall Boe confirmed reports that the league had discontinued operating teams in local markets for the season. The former af2 Alabama Vipers moved to Duluth, Georgia , to become the new Georgia Force the earlier franchise of that name having been a continuation of the first Nashville Kats franchise. One month later, the league missed the deadline to formally ratify the new collective bargaining agreement and announced that it was eliminating health insurance for the players. With its All assets of the Arena Football League were put up for auction. Although the af2 played its tenth season in , a conference call in December resulted in enough votes from owners and cooperation from the AFLPA for the AFL to suspend the entire season in order to create "a long-term plan to improve its economic model. There were also several rule changes in this period. The league added one expansion team, the Pittsburgh Power. Louis, or Sacramento teams. On November 12, the league announced the defending champion San Jose SaberCats would be ceasing operations due to "reasons unrelated to league operations". Louis as well as a potential new team for Sacramento. In , the league expanded with the addition of two new franchises to play in , the Los Angeles Kiss , owned by Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of the rock band Kiss , and the Portland Thunder. Despite this, several of the league's creditors filed papers to force a Chapter 7 liquidation if the league did not do so voluntarily. This left the AFL with eight teams for On January 6, , the league took over "ownership and operational control" of the Portland Thunder from its previous owners. In , the league staged its first All-Star Game in Des Moines, Iowa , the future home of the long-running Iowa Barnstormers , as a fundraiser for flood victims in the area. Jim Foster, a promotions manager with the National Football League, conceived of indoor football while watching an indoor soccer match at Madison Square Garden in While at the game, he wrote his idea on a 9 x 12 envelope, with sketches of the field and notes on gameplay. The league released a statement on August 4 to the effect that while the league was not folding, it was suspending league operations indefinitely. One example of several which could be cited is the New York CityHawks , whose owners transferred the team from New York City to Hartford to become the New England Sea Wolves after two seasons, then after another two seasons were sold and became the Toronto Phantoms , which lasted another two seasons until folding. He eventually became executive vice-president with the Chicago Blitz , where he returned to his concept of arena football. Former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Lynn Swann was one of the team's owners. From to , the AFL had its own developmental league , the af2. From a high of 19 teams in , the league contracted to a low of four teams in , all in the northeastern United States. And in , the "jack" linebacker was allowed to go sideboard to sideboard without being penalized for "illegal defense". Haering was suspended without pay. It turned into But now it's time. There were six teams playing in , the league's final season. There was a lot of expansion in the s. There were a number of franchises which existed in the form of a series of largely-unrelated teams with little to no continuity of either coaching staffs or players under numerous management groups until they folded. Because of the sudden loss of the New Orleans franchise, the league announced in October that the beginning of the free agency period would be delayed in order to accommodate a dispersal draft. On October 12, , both the Orlando Predators [54] and Jacksonville Sharks [55] both announced their departure from the league, with Jacksonville establishing the National Arena League and the Predators , after a period of dormancy, being reclaimed by some of its former players and also joining the NAL in In the same report, it was stated the Los Angeles Kiss and Portland Steel had apparently folded after both teams failed to return calls or respond to inquiries into season ticket purchases. Following the inaugural game, tweaks and adjustments were made, and the first season continued. On November 28, the Cleveland Gladiators announced that they would have to take a two-year leave of absence while their arena, shared with its primary tenant the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers , undergoes construction during the basketball offseason. Interest was high enough following the initial test game that Foster decided to put on a second, "showcase" game. In February , the season schedule was finalized with only the four remaining teams, matching the size of the league in the original "demonstration season" in A new agreement had not been made despite several proposals and supposed ultimatums between the two parties leading to rumors that the season and league's existence were in jeopardy. Following the successes of his trial-run games, Foster moved ahead with his idea for arena football. A primary team for some of the AFL's most highly regarded players, including George LaFrance and Gary and Alvin Rettig, as well as being a second career chance for quarterback Art Schlichter , the Drive regularly played before sold out crowds at Joe Louis Arena , and went to the ArenaBowl every year of their existence β€” Although the Drive moved to Massachusetts, becoming the Massachusetts Marauders for the season, the AFL had a number of other teams which it considered "dynasties" between and Among those four teams, they won 14 of 22 ArenaBowls in that time span and appeared in all but two. Then- St. The season kicked off on March 9, The AFL postponed the free agency period to October 31 due to Hurricane Sandy , noting that the National Football League was simultaneously doing the same thing with regard to its trade deadline. Dates were eventually announced as December 2 for the dispersal draft and December 4 for free agency, but shortly before the draft the league issued a press release announcing the draft had been postponed one day to December 3. Benson's move to shut down the VooDoo came during the Platinum Equity conference call, leading to speculation that he had folded because of the deal. A statement from the league indicated that the AFL was working to secure new, long-term owners for the franchise. Plans for arena football were put on hold in as the United States Football League was launched. While many sports commentators and fans continued to ridicule the league, Warner's story gave the league positive exposure, and it brought the league a new television deal with TNN , which, unlike ESPN, televised regular season games live. Shortly thereafter, another press release announced that the draft would be held on December 9 and free agency would commence on December It was soon revealed the players' union had agreed to cut the salary cap for the season to prevent a total cessation of operations. The National Conference defeated the American Conference 64β€”40 in front of a crowd of 7, While some teams have enjoyed considerable on-field and even financial success, many teams in the history of the league have enjoyed little success either on or off of the field of play. Foster's application was granted on March 27, From its inception, the AFL operated in a state of semi-obscurity; many Americans had heard the term "arena football" but knew little to nothing about the league itself. In , he began organizing the test game in his spare time from his job with the Blitz. In October , Tom Benson announced that the New Orleans VooDoo were ceasing operations and folding "based on circumstances currently affecting the league and the team". The broadcast showed a short clip of the Commandos-Gladiators game. This resulted from poor attendance. The title sponsorship agreement ended in after a two-year partnership. The only way for a player to go out of bounds presently is if he is tackled into or deliberately contacts the side boards. Later that year both the AFL and af2 were dissolved and reorganized as a new corporation comprising teams from both leagues, and the AFL returned in The league's average game attendance after returning in was approximately 9, The league historically had a nationwide footprint, and was recognized as the most prominent professional indoor football league in North America, offering higher payment, more widespread media exposure, and a longer history than competing leagues. The patent application covered the rules of the game, specifically detailing the goalposts and rebound netting and their impact on gameplay. Some of these teams, including the Crush, Desperados, Kats, and VooDoo, were owned for at least part of their existence by the same group which owned the NFL teams in their host cities. By , the USFL had ceased football operations and he began devoting all his time to arena football, and on April 27, , his concept was realized when the test game was played. Efforts to reformat the league's business model were placed under the leadership of Columbus Destroyers owner Jim Renacci and interim commissioner Policy. Foster had walked onto the field of play to mediate an altercation between the two teams when Haering, a former NFL assistant, punched him in the jaw. After solidifying the rules and a business plan, and supplemented with sketches by a professional artist, Foster presented his idea to various television networks.