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  1. TrueBeliever

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    Its sad to read this as the AFL is great for smaller parts of the country such as Iowa. Hopefully with the AF2 still doing well that at least the concept of the league can survive.
     
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    I always thought it was a horrible league. When the offense scores 90% of the time, it's hard to get excited about anything. I feel sorry for the players and the people that worked for the league, but I certainly won't miss it.
     
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    From what I have read what did the league in was escalating salaries. Why that happened, who knows? Pehaps the competitive nature of the owners wanting to win a championship, or for bragging rights of having been the original home to the next Kurt Warner. Once they decided to not play last year I assumed they were done; I'm somewhat surprised it's been so long with no official announcement of their demise.

    The good news is that their absence has opened up the door for the UFL. The bad news is that the UFL does not appear to have learned anything in regards to survival by keeping the player salaries in check, offering Michael Vick a seven-figure contract to play in their new league.

    Arena League Football outlook bleak by the St Petersburg Times 7/2/09:

    I was surprised to read that teams were still paying their coaches at that point. A short time later Jon Bon Jovi stated that the league's chances for survival were 50-50.

    Arena Football League livin' on a prayer by the New York Times 7/1/09:

    Arena League close to folding by the St Petersburg Times 8/5/09:

     
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    Escalating salaries played a major role in the demise of the USFL. The guy who came up with the original business model for the league felt it would only work if each team stuck to one or maybe two "big name", high contract players. However the other owners quickly threw that out the window once the league was actually playing games.

    In a way it's the inverse of the NFL - if more owners put more focus on simply making a respectable profit while keeping a decent product on the field, these other leagues might pull it off. But once these guys decide they all want to be the George Steinbrenner of their league, you can see the dominos start falling.
     
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    They were in large cities the whole time, with most that also had NFL teams. The smaller market teams lasted longer than the larger market teams but they still didn't last.

    ESPN's involvement in the league(and ownership) probably had a huge impact on bringing them down as much as anything...
     
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    Not the whole time... for their first 10-15 years they were mainly in smaller-market cities like Grand Rapids, Orlando, San Jose, Nashville (before the Titans moved there) and whatever city in Iowa the Iowa Barnstormers played in. There were teams called "New York" and "New England" but they played in Albany and Hartford, respectively, not the major markets in those regions. There were a few teams in major league cities, like Tampa and Milwaukee, but those were the exception and not the rule.

    It wasn't until the late '90s-early '00s that the NFL got interested and let its owners start buying into Arena League teams, which is when they started moving into NFL cities.
     
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    Detroit. Chicago. Phoenix. Los Angelas. Dallas. New Orleans. New York. Denver. Charlotte. Cincinnati. All teams that played alongside the "small" cities over the years, some with multiple teams attempting to break the markets since the start.

    They had some success in big markets alongside the small markets, but only when they weren't in direct competition with other sports teams like the NBA and NHL.

    The team in Albany was called that- Albany. New York had their own team that played in the city itself.
     
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    I stand corrected. In fact I now see the league's first four clubs were all in NFL cities. ;)

    Incidentally while looking all this up online, I went to the league's official site. Their only mention of the tumult is a headline where they insist they'll have a new business model ready in time for them to hold a season in 2010. We shall see...

    I went to a Green Bay Blizzard game three years ago. It was fun, nothing to write home about. I'd go to more but for some reason almost all their home games are on Friday nights, and it doesn't seem worth it to take off work for that.
     
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