Monday, December 15, 2008

AFL suspends operations

The Arena Football League's board of directors has voted to suspend the 2009 season while the league works on developing a long-term plan to improve its economic model.

"Every owner in the AFL is strongly committed to the league, the game, and, most importantly, the fans," said acting commissioner Ed Policy. "Owners, however, recognize that, especially in light of the current unprecedented economic climate, the AFL, as a business enterprise, needs to be restructured if it is to continue to provide its unique brand of this affordable, fan- friendly sport."

The board made the move to cancel the season, which is subject to the agreement of the players' association, in a conference call on Sunday by a 12-5 vote.

"We, the owners of the Arena Football League, realize we have the most fan- friendly, affordable and accessible sport anywhere," said Jon Bon Jovi, co- owner of the Philadelphia Soul, who bested the San Jose Sabercats in ArenaBowl XXII in July. "These are trying economic times. The revamping will ensure that the AFL continues to provide value to its fans and not only survives, but thrives in the years to come."

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