Arena Football

Arena Football Will Return

Arena Football League

Arena Football was never dead.  Even though the AFL scratched its 2009 season, the AFL2, a “minor league” version of the AFL (which was considered a minor league of the NFL) played out its season.  Many wondered whether the AFL2 would just replace the AFL with the AFL’s former talent.  There is no longer a need to ponder that potential circumstance.

The new AFL will return in 2010, and it will include four teams from the former regime.  It will also bring in many teams from the AFL2.  The new league will start with a total of sixteen teams.  That’s a lot of roster space to fill.  I have heard from many agents that they have no clue what the new start-up UFL has been doing in terms of talent acquisition.  Many believe that UFL executives are passing up on clear-cut talent; players who are well beyond the level of many current UFL roster inhabitants.  With the return of the AFL, those agents will once again have an outlet for their fringe NFL clients.

Games in the new AFL will begin in late March of 2010, which means that there is not much time to waste before you should start hawking league execs about your players.

I am not sure what the league is thinking by placing a team in Jacksonville, FL, a city that can’t even come close to selling out its NFL games.  Also, a Jacksonville and an Orlando team?  The markets are really close to each other.

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.

5 replies on “Arena Football Will Return”

This makes me wonder if there is really a market for these types of leagues. I know there is money to made and they are quite entertaining but the UFL and AFL, in my eyes, will always be second to the NFL. Should the leagues actually spend money to start them? Just a thought.

Im not going to lie..i have been to several Iowa Barnstormers AFL games and they were always packed and the it was super entertaining. Sure the talent is not the same of the NFL but the game is very diff. than an NFL game. I think these ventures can work but like Darren mentioned…the teams need to be in marketable places. The Iowa Barnstromers were a hit here bc there is no pro-caliber teams in the state and people are hungry for football. I really hope it works out.

Arena should make a comeback…but they need to do a few things. 1) change the rules back to the ironman format. Its not the resposibility of the league to be an outlet for ex NFL players. 2) realize that they aren’t the NFL and embrace the differences of the the arena game. 3) break down the silly politics that keep quality arena 2 players from getting a chance and handing arena jobs/contract to players who had a cup of coffee in te NFL…

I agree with points 1 and 3; however, point 2 is an area that I disagree. While there should be small differences between Arena and NFL, it really should still serve as a “minor league” for the NFL. With the collapse of NFL Europe and many other start-up leagues failing before they ever had a single snap taken, Arena is one of the few areas where borderline NFL players can continue to develop their skills to possibly one day have an NFL career. Kurt Warner…

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