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  1. #1
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    Sep 2006
    Eastern Shore

    Latest Arena League Failing

    What was originally supposed to be a 16-team league is already down to 10, and the AFL is facing many more issues.
    The Washington Wolfpack, one of the remaining teams in the league, released a statement attacking the leadership of the AFL and blaming them for its struggles.

    "Teams were promised player salaries and team travel to away games — paid by the league," the Wolfpack told the Seattle Times.

    "Under commissioner Lee Hutton III, the AFL failed to provide a single dollar towards these expenses."

    I never saw any of it listed on tv. I think we all know tv$ is essential for pro sports.

    well, no big loss, I guess. eventually somebody with the re$ources will try it again.
    I think they said Jeff Fisher was the League commissioner!?
    "Nothing stops these Baltimore Ravens. Beat them, injure them, shove them to the bottom of the standings, drag them into a hostile environment and mount a big lead, and they just keep trudging forward like nothing fazes them." (Bleacher Report)

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Washington, DC

    Re: Latest Arena League Failing

    Professional football that isn’t the NFL or CFL just doesn’t work.

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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    New York City
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    Re: Latest Arena League Failing

    Wat a surprise!

    NOT... Bc

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    Re: Latest Arena League Failing

    Quote Originally Posted by sailorsam View Post
    I never saw any of it listed on tv. I think we all know tv$ is essential for pro sports.
    Conversely, the really successful minor league sports (baseball and hockey) are distinctly not at all reliant on TV. The value proposition is mainly:

    -- fun, unpretentious entertainment you can regularly bring the whole family to without blowing a hole in the wallet;

    -- opportunity for fans of the parent club to see future stars up close and in person.

    Football only plays once a week, so offering #1 makes it hard to cover fixed costs. And #2 isn't such a draw when the occasional Kurt Warner is like .001% of the players on the field. Minor league football really has to fall back on being an nth-tier TV option for offseason NFL fans, but there's no precedent for that being a successful model in North American sports.

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