26. Maybe that comes next week, when they'll likely be officially eliminated from playoff picture. The league was well known for launching the career of Hall of Fame quarterback Kurt Warner, among other figures. 3:11 Newcastle fan Matt Renton of The Magpie Channel says it's 'heartbreaking' for fans that the Saudi-led group … Majority owner Ron Shurts said … A look at why the Alliance of American Football probably won't survive and whether the XFL can avoid similar pitfalls. Heralded as the "Chosen One" after signing a six-year contract as Ferguson's successor, Moyes was led to believe that big moves were underway to sign Gareth Bale, Cesc Fabregas and Cristiano Ronaldo. For the 30th anniversary of the USFL's final game, Arash Markazi explores controversial presidential candidate Donald Trump's involvement with the ill-fated 1980s pro football league. In order to use the live chat functionality you need to opt into live chat cookies. Giants (30): Why wouldn't they shut down Saquon Barkley? 8. "We simply weren't able to raise the capital necessary to grow the League, resolve the substantial legacy liabilities and make it financially viable," league commissioner Randall Boe said in a statement. No more SaberCats. 3. The … Chiefs (7): Complete season sweep of Raiders this Sunday, and they'll essentially have a three-game lead in AFC West with four weeks remaining in season. Foster envisioned Arena Football as a spring game, believing America's appetite for football could be satiated year-round. Just awful football There’s no pussyfooting around it, the quality of football in the XFL was nothing short of atrocious. What, you hadn’t noticed? The XFL 2.0, like the AAF … The league suspended local business operations in October and had been evaluating potential strategic operations before Wednesday's decision. 5. Why did the deal ultimately fail? This league's stated goal was to become a professional feeder-system for the National Football League (NFL). Zeal with which he commemorated two-turnover performance that saw him complete 45% of his passes. Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about. Rams (11): Did they simply run into a buzzsaw Monday night, or has L.A. really fallen off this much in less than a year? It had models in lingerie playing 7 on 7 football on an arena football 50 yard size field. I am also the managing editor at Jets Wire. Texans (12): It's probably too early to draw a definitive conclusion, but it's possible this defense might be playing better since J.J. Watt went down. Cowboys (9): How much does NFL showcase Dallas? AAF: Why the fledgling league was always doomed to fail NFL You may opt-out by. Cardinals (25): Chandler Jones on track to lead league in sacks for second time in three seasons, yet does anybody give him acclaim he clearly deserves? Seahawks (4): Want another great Russell Wilson statistic? Redskins (31): Best thing about Dwayne Haskins' selfie? Despite a pool of roughly 1,600 players to pick from, an XFL Draft was held in 2000 where 475 players were picked, but it failed to find much if any quality players for the eight teams in the XFL. 4. The league claimed 44 out of 126 players ended up on NFL rosters. Chargers (21): Philip Rivers has now been on losing end of 61 games decided by seven or fewer points, most by any starting quarterback in Super Bowl era. 9. The end seemed near for the AFL when only four teams participated in the 2018 season, but the league brought in two expansion teams last season. 6. "We're all disappointed that we couldn't find a way to move forward, and we wanted to thank our fans, our players, coaches, everyone who loved Arena League Football.". Welcome to the homepage of the EFL. Fans of the Arena Football League team Washington Valor celebrate with Valor quarterback Arvell Nelson (No. Dolphins (29): From "Silver Linings Playbook" department, Allen Hurns one of league's nicest comeback stories, new extension in hand just months after scary playoff injury while with Dallas. The league was mostly hurt by a lawsuit filed by one of its insurance carriers. That’s more than other NFL alternatives, like the XFL, USFL and AAF, can say. The Arena Football League announced Wednesday it had declared bankruptcy and would not go on after more than 30 years in existence. 29. “We all love the game and tried very hard to make it successful, but we simply weren’t able to raise the capital necessary to grow the League, resolve the substantial legacy liabilities and make it financially viable.”. So in 1983 he bought a football team, joining a confederacy of other rich rogues who had just completed their first season of the United States Football League. Titans (16): Would you believe Ryan Tannehill now qualifies as top-rated passer in AFC (111.4)? Your California Privacy Rights/Privacy Policy. Here's why. The Arena Football League was one of the longest-running indoor football leagues in the country, beginning in 1987. A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. It’s a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, meaning the AFL is past the point of being able to reorganize. I cover the Yankees, Jets, MLB, NFL and more for a variety of outlets. 7. So, Why Did the XFL Fail? 22. Phil McNulty analyses what went wrong for Arsenal and assesses the difficult job facing Freddie Ljunberg. Only one team has scored fewer rushing TDs than Jacksonville. After more than three decades, the league is ceasing operations. Cleveland defeated Baltimore 59-48. Cleveland defeated Baltimore 59-48. It filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy on Wednesday after suspending local business operations in October. A graduate of Seton Hall University, I spent three years covering Pirates basketball for The Setonian and eventually ran the school paper. Ever since their founding in 1995, the SaberCats 2. Then, they throw Ryan Finely to wolves ... without a chance. 25. The six remaining teams were Albany, Atlantic City, Baltimore, Columbus, Philadelphia and Washington. Steelers (18): Not two years removed from Bell/Ben/Brown Triplets, T.J. Watt, Minkah Fitzpatrick and Devin Bush might be new faces of this franchise. Saints (3): Trait that should serve them well? 30. Seven turnovers a league low, and they don't have multiple in any game. 13. Now back to Dalton? You can follow me on Twitter at @GaryHPhillips or reach me via email at garyhphillips@outlook.com. Patriots (2): No complacency for what Tom Brady admits is sputtering offense, LT Isaiah Wynn and rookie WR N'Keal Harry, who scored his first TD, joining starting lineup Sunday. Why did the NFL Europe League fail, and can American football ever catch on in other parts of the world other then North America? [citation needed] T. Boone Pickens and Mark Cuban had originally been in discussion with the league as potential owners, but both backed out prior to the 2009 season. After more than three decades, the league is ceasing operations. It lasted for more than 30 years. Rather than try to continue, the league decided it was time to shut down. Browns (17): Heading into Pittsburgh with three-game winning streak, this is exactly kind of game where erratic Cleveland team must maintain composure. over Baltimore Brigade DB Qumain Black (5) during the second quarter of the Arena League Football game between the Baltimore Brigade and Cleveland Gladiators on June 16, 2017, at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, OH. I have covered MLB playoff games, the NCAA Tournament, Hall of Fame ceremonies and more. Raiders (13): Horrendous as they looked in Sunday's meltdown, a win at Kansas City in Week 13 vaults Oakland into first-place tie atop AFC West. A month after shutting down operations for all six of its teams, the Arena Football League filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy on Wednesday — officially ceasing all operations after more than three decades in existence. In addition to Forbes.com, I am a contributor at The Athletic and Sporting News. The league, re-branded as Arena Football One in 2009, was the second well-known league to close down this year after the Alliance of American Football, which began its first season in February, ended midway through the season in April as a result of financial concerns. Here are 10 reasons why American Football won't work in England. Here’s 5 Reasons 1. Calling it a “difficult but necessary decision,” the Arena Football League announced Tuesday evening that it was closing business operations in its six local markets. Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. I think it can, however they will need to try other strategies other then a sub par league in Europe 28. 15. Maybe that comes next week, when they'll likely be officially eliminated from playoff picture. 23. © 2020 Forbes Media LLC. 27. The Tampa Bay Storm were a professional arena football team based in Tampa, Florida, U.S. that played in the Arena Football League (AFL). 31. 19. In addition to Forbes.com, I am a contributor at The Athletic and Sporting News. The Arena Football League announced Wednesday it had declared bankruptcy and would not go on after more than 30 years in existence. Packers (6): They're clearly vulnerable against teams that can rush the passer. 10. Colts (10): Losses to Raiders, Steelers may spell doom in tie-breaker department for Indy, which can't make up much ground with three NFC opponents left. 18. Woodward even … It filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy on Wednesday after … 20. The league never had a chance. The Arena Football League (AFL) was a professional indoor American football league in the United States. 16. Bears (23): It's convenient to pin blame for this season on Mitchell Trubisky. Panthers (20): Apparently rookie K Joey Slye hasn't heard Carolina owner David Tepper's unwillingness to settle for "long-term mediocrity." Some were optimistic the AAF would survive, maybe even thrive, as it filled the void NFL fans feel after the Super Bowl. The Arena Football League has issued the following statement. Falcons (19): Anyone else wonder why NFL decided we needed to see Atlanta and New Orleans meet on Thanksgiving night for second time in as many years? What will we learn about Bills? (Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images), EY & Citi On The Importance Of Resilience And Innovation, Impact 50: Investors Seeking Profit — And Pushing For Change, Michigan Economic Development Corporation With Forbes Insights. There was something missing: The Teams, Players, Coaches and literally everything else you need to make a football league run, including a place to actually air the games. Luckily for McMahon, then-NBC executive Dick Ebersol happened to be watching the press conference, and badly needed some football for his network. A group of rich guys with egos -- no women involved here -- think that because they have enough money to start a football league, it will automatically work. Jaguars (22): Only one team has surrendered more rushing TDs than Jacksonville. But did you know they feature NFL's top-rated run defense? Broncos (26): Shoutout to Courtland Sutton, who's developed into Pro Bowl-caliber wideout under less-than-ideal offensive circumstances this season. A link has been sent to your friend's email address. © 2020 USA TODAY, a division of Gannett Satellite Information Network, LLC. It was founded in 1987, making it the third longest-running professional football league in North America after the Canadian Football League (CFL) and the National Football League (NFL) until the AFL closed in 2019. 11. Bengals (last week 32): First, they kick Andy Dalton to curb without a chance for parole. Ravens (1): Yet another milestone now in Lamar Jackson's sights? All Rights Reserved, This is a BETA experience. The XFL would be better off shutting things down now and just accepting that a second pro football league will NEVER work. The timing of a second football league was critical. 17. The XFL is making a comeback attempt in 2020. It's never been smooth sailing for the AFL – bankruptcy cancelled the 2009 season – but the league had been able to endure since 1987. I suspect the new XFL will fail for the same reason the first one did—McMahon has no interest in partnering with the NFL because he seems to genuinely believe he can build a football league … The AFL never got the attention that the NFL did, but a few notable players passed through the league over the years. United Football League (2009-2012) The UFL launched with just four teams comprised primarily of players and coaches who had spent time in the NFL. Vikings (8): They'll be hard pressed to cough up two-game lead for final NFC playoff berth, but two West Coast trips in next three weeks don't help. Jets (27): You probably know Jets have been on fire last three weeks, scoring 34 in each game. The Fall Experimental Football League (FXFL) was a professional football minor league that played two seasons in 2014 and 2015. Buccaneers (24): The real question, given Bucs' 20th-ranked ground game, is why hasn't high school RB Vita Vea been in backfield far more often in 2019? “We’re all disappointed that we couldn’t find a way forward and we wanted to thank our fans, our players, coaches, everyone who loved the Arena Football League,” AFL commissioner Randall Boe said in a statement. A month after … Bills (15): Much has been made of Buffalo's Division II schedule, but next four games against teams with winning records. Their Thanksgiving game immediately followed by another prime-time appearance every year since 2012. Hmmm. Join our Facebook Group, The Ruling Off the Field, to engage in friendly debate and conversation with fellow football fans and our NFL insiders. No better way to encapsulate 0-11. Eagles (14): No matter how beaten up they are, it's officially go time given next three opponents prior to key rematch with Dallas are combined 6-27. The USFL, or United States Football League, was an American professional football league that competed for three seasons. Most normal people would have kept on flipping. 1. 12. Here's why. Nicely done. Surely you did, even just in passing. No wonder buzz is building that Tennessee may extend him. Lions (28): Why wouldn't they shut down Matthew Stafford? Aaron Rodgers has been sacked 15 times over past four weeks (Pack 2-2). I write sports at Forbes.com, The Athletic, Sporting News & Jets Wire. I cover the Yankees, Jets, MLB, NFL and more for a variety of outlets. 24. (Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images). 49ers (5): Despite most impressive showing of season, won't be easy retaining NFC's top seed with trips to Baltimore, New Orleans and Seattle looming. The league chose to … The Arena Football League is no more. The XFL, another league, begins its season in February 2020. Among them were Eddie Brown, Barry Wagner, George LaFrance, Jay Gruden, Aaron Garcia and Kurt Warner, who became a Hall of Fame quarterback in the NFL after spending time with the Iowa Barnstormers. Why Bill Hambrecht and Mark Cuban's UFL - United Football League - Will Fail Well, all I can say is "here we go again." I have spent time with Bleacher Report, FanRag Sports and CNBC, among others. If you love talking football, we have the perfect spot for you. The United Football League was founded by Bill Hambrecht and Tim Armstrong. He can break franchise's single-season record for TD passes, which is 33 — set by Vinny Testaverde in 1996. 14. CLEVELAND, OH - JUNE 16: Cleveland Gladiators WR Michael Preston (19) makes a 9-yard touchdown catch ... [+] over Baltimore Brigade DB Qumain Black (5) during the second quarter of the Arena League Football game between the Baltimore Brigade and Cleveland Gladiators on June 16, 2017, at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, OH. Now, the Arena Football League is no more. Alternatively, please email ifollow@efl.com - note that live chat is recommended for the quickest response on a matchday. The UFL initially had plans to start with eight teams with $12–20 million rosters playing in targeted sites in the fall of 2008. The team, along with the Chicago Bruisers, Denver Dynamite and Washington Commandos, joined the AFL in 1987 as one of the charter franchises, and by 1992 it was the last of the four still operating. Friday night, the 2016 Arena Football League schedule kicks off, with no Bay Area franchise. The answer is probably ... yes. In 2009, owner and commissioner Mitch Mortaza decided to Wide right. The AAF folded faster than the World Football League, which was not exactly global, since it stretched from Philadelphia to Honolulu, whose best … 32. I am also the…. Flipping channels the other day, I came across an Arena Football League playoff game. The Arena Football League declared bankruptcy on Wednesday, shutting down after 10 years in its current form and 32 years overall. But what about running game that's surpassed century mark twice all year? 21. When given a halftime lead of at least four points during his eight-year career, he's 55-0. pic.twitter.com/sFTtdAWRQV. They're unlikely to implode. 1. The additions didn’t make enough of a difference, though, and so the league decided to re-evaluate its business model following this season. "HE'S EITHER A CLOWN OR A F---ING GENIUS,"David Moyes suggested to a member of his coaching team after an early meeting with Ed Woodward, United's newly appointed executive vice-chairman, in July 2013. To do this click on the cookie settings button below. LFL started as a halftime spectacle known as the Lingerie Bowl in 2004. The Rattlers, the most successful team in Arena Football League history, are leaving to join the Indoor Football League. 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