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Is The Arena Football League Calling It Quits?

While I was sitting in on a panel at the Princeton Sports Symposium, Christopher Cabott, a lawyer and adjunct professor asked whether the group of speakers had heard the latest news: The Arena Football League was folding.  I immediately left the room to call up Matthew Watkins, Dynasty‘s NFLPA Advisor.  Apparently, this “rumor” had been spreading for quite some time.  Due to the struggling economy, many “minor league” organizations had seen some of its teams vanish or ask for loans and entire leagues such as the Continental Basketball Association have found themselves on the last dose of life support.  Could the AFL, a property so heavily boosted by an alliance with ESPN, be headed to its death?  As someone looking to get entrenched in representing professional football clients, I sure hoped that the rumors were not true.

The Denver Post has set a deadline of December 19.  If the AFL does not secure financing by that time, the paper says there is a strong chance that the AFL exists no longer.  The one thing that is certain is that there is a lot of uncertainty…among players, coaches, fans, and front office executives.  At least one team will not be putting on pads this season (if there is a season).  The New Orleans VooDoo called it quits in October.  No one knows what is going on, but if The Denver Post is right on its statement of Dec. 19, then we should all find out soon enough.

By Darren Heitner

Darren Heitner created Sports Agent Blog as a New Year's Resolution on December 31, 2005. Originally titled, "I Want To Be A Sports Agent," the website was founded with the intention of causing Heitner to learn more about the profession that he wanted to join, meet reputable individuals in the space and force himself to stay on top of the latest news and trends.

Heitner now runs Heitner Legal, P.L.L.C., which is a law firm with many practice areas, including sports law and contract law. Heitner has represented numerous athletes and sports agents as legal counsel. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Indiana University Bloomington from 2011-2014, where he created and taught a course titled, Sport Agency Management, which included subjects ranging from NCAA regulations to athlete agent certification and the rules governing the profession. Heitner serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where he teaches a Sports Law class that includes case law surrounding athlete agents and the NCAA rules.

One reply on “Is The Arena Football League Calling It Quits?”

No need to say this will be disastrous for American Football agents as an avenue will close. The question is will this have a flow on effect to students opting for another sport over football, knowing that it is even harder to break into professionalism?

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