Yeah, it is a shame. Hate to see any sports league go under (with maybe the exception of the XFL). Lots of lost jobs both on and off the field and after - what is now, 25 years - there is a lot of fan loyalty. Nothing lasts forever.
I wonder how feasible it would be to have an off season (off season to the CFL) arena league operating within the CFL cities? Maybe partnered with the CFL and operating from December to May?? Now that would be cool. Maybe an arena TiCat team so we can have our fix of football 12 months of the year. Perhaps some of the players would play in both leagues?
I have a feeling that the Arena league is done for good.
They made a cardinal sin, just like the NHL, expanded to much when it was going good. I mean AFL2? Give me a break.
The players make around the same money as in the CFL but there are less players per roster. It should be a heckuva lot cheaper to run an AFL team vs a CFL team. Problem with the AFL, they have to rent the arena and have to find space between NHL and NBA games.
The AFL is fun to watch and I'm sure in a lot of cities where they also have the NFL it's the only way for fans to see professional football.
For a league to be around 22 years and then fold is strange to me. I think though that it was too much expansion. This is why I don't want the CFL to expand to 10 teams anytime soon. Your moves have to be calculated.
As of right they are going to play the 2009 seasons players have taken cuts and they say big changes may still come. Maybe they will reduce teams etc and only the strong survive making it a profitable league