Hmmm. Cleveland defeated Baltimore 59-48. 14. Why did the NFL Europe League fail, and can American football ever catch on in other parts of the world other then North America? The league chose to … The Arena Football League was one of the longest-running indoor football leagues in the country, beginning in 1987. The United Football League was founded by Bill Hambrecht and Tim Armstrong. Steelers (18): Not two years removed from Bell/Ben/Brown Triplets, T.J. Watt, Minkah Fitzpatrick and Devin Bush might be new faces of this franchise. 30. Titans (16): Would you believe Ryan Tannehill now qualifies as top-rated passer in AFC (111.4)? 1. The league never had a chance. The Arena Football League is no more. But what about running game that's surpassed century mark twice all year? [citation needed] T. Boone Pickens and Mark Cuban had originally been in discussion with the league as potential owners, but both backed out prior to the 2009 season. A month after … Lions (28): Why wouldn't they shut down Matthew Stafford? For the 30th anniversary of the USFL's final game, Arash Markazi explores controversial presidential candidate Donald Trump's involvement with the ill-fated 1980s pro football league. They're unlikely to implode. over Baltimore Brigade DB Qumain Black (5) during the second quarter of the Arena League Football game between the Baltimore Brigade and Cleveland Gladiators on June 16, 2017, at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, OH. Bengals (last week 32): First, they kick Andy Dalton to curb without a chance for parole. 1. Rather than try to continue, the league decided it was time to shut down. What, you hadn’t noticed? Seahawks (4): Want another great Russell Wilson statistic? Redskins (31): Best thing about Dwayne Haskins' selfie? That’s more than other NFL alternatives, like the XFL, USFL and AAF, can say. Eagles (14): No matter how beaten up they are, it's officially go time given next three opponents prior to key rematch with Dallas are combined 6-27. Jaguars (22): Only one team has surrendered more rushing TDs than Jacksonville. The Arena Football League has issued the following statement. In addition to Forbes.com, I am a contributor at The Athletic and Sporting News. After more than three decades, the league is ceasing operations. The XFL is making a comeback attempt in 2020. Here's why. No better way to encapsulate 0-11. Maybe that comes next week, when they'll likely be officially eliminated from playoff picture. Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. All Rights Reserved, This is a BETA experience. A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. I suspect the new XFL will fail for the same reason the first one did—McMahon has no interest in partnering with the NFL because he seems to genuinely believe he can build a football league … Nicely done. Rams (11): Did they simply run into a buzzsaw Monday night, or has L.A. really fallen off this much in less than a year? Heralded as the "Chosen One" after signing a six-year contract as Ferguson's successor, Moyes was led to believe that big moves were underway to sign Gareth Bale, Cesc Fabregas and Cristiano Ronaldo. Surely you did, even just in passing. United Football League (2009-2012) The UFL launched with just four teams comprised primarily of players and coaches who had spent time in the NFL. "We're all disappointed that we couldn't find a way to move forward, and we wanted to thank our fans, our players, coaches, everyone who loved Arena League Football.". Join our Facebook Group, The Ruling Off the Field, to engage in friendly debate and conversation with fellow football fans and our NFL insiders. 2. 25. It's never been smooth sailing for the AFL – bankruptcy cancelled the 2009 season – but the league had been able to endure since 1987. The Rattlers, the most successful team in Arena Football League history, are leaving to join the Indoor Football League. 23. Dolphins (29): From "Silver Linings Playbook" department, Allen Hurns one of league's nicest comeback stories, new extension in hand just months after scary playoff injury while with Dallas. "We simply weren't able to raise the capital necessary to grow the League, resolve the substantial legacy liabilities and make it financially viable," league commissioner Randall Boe said in a statement. 20. So in 1983 he bought a football team, joining a confederacy of other rich rogues who had just completed their first season of the United States Football League. The answer is probably ... yes. Panthers (20): Apparently rookie K Joey Slye hasn't heard Carolina owner David Tepper's unwillingness to settle for "long-term mediocrity." No wonder buzz is building that Tennessee may extend him. Then, they throw Ryan Finely to wolves ... without a chance. You can follow me on Twitter at @GaryHPhillips or reach me via email at garyhphillips@outlook.com. So, Why Did the XFL Fail? 21. This league's stated goal was to become a professional feeder-system for the National Football League (NFL). Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about. 31. Ever since their founding in 1995, the SaberCats 5. A link has been sent to your friend's email address. When given a halftime lead of at least four points during his eight-year career, he's 55-0. Aaron Rodgers has been sacked 15 times over past four weeks (Pack 2-2). Here are 10 reasons why American Football won't work in England. 10. It had models in lingerie playing 7 on 7 football on an arena football 50 yard size field. The UFL initially had plans to start with eight teams with $12–20 million rosters playing in targeted sites in the fall of 2008. Here’s 5 Reasons 1. There was something missing: The Teams, Players, Coaches and literally everything else you need to make a football league run, including a place to actually air the games. (Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images). I cover the Yankees, Jets, MLB, NFL and more for a variety of outlets. Majority owner Ron Shurts said … 11. 24. (Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images), EY & Citi On The Importance Of Resilience And Innovation, Impact 50: Investors Seeking Profit — And Pushing For Change, Michigan Economic Development Corporation With Forbes Insights. If you love talking football, we have the perfect spot for you. After more than three decades, the league is ceasing operations. I have covered MLB playoff games, the NCAA Tournament, Hall of Fame ceremonies and more. Your California Privacy Rights/Privacy Policy. "HE'S EITHER A CLOWN OR A F---ING GENIUS,"David Moyes suggested to a member of his coaching team after an early meeting with Ed Woodward, United's newly appointed executive vice-chairman, in July 2013. 4. He can break franchise's single-season record for TD passes, which is 33 — set by Vinny Testaverde in 1996. The end seemed near for the AFL when only four teams participated in the 2018 season, but the league brought in two expansion teams last season. The league was well known for launching the career of Hall of Fame quarterback Kurt Warner, among other figures. Cardinals (25): Chandler Jones on track to lead league in sacks for second time in three seasons, yet does anybody give him acclaim he clearly deserves? A look at why the Alliance of American Football probably won't survive and whether the XFL can avoid similar pitfalls. Zeal with which he commemorated two-turnover performance that saw him complete 45% of his passes. Browns (17): Heading into Pittsburgh with three-game winning streak, this is exactly kind of game where erratic Cleveland team must maintain composure. Wide right. Texans (12): It's probably too early to draw a definitive conclusion, but it's possible this defense might be playing better since J.J. Watt went down. A graduate of Seton Hall University, I spent three years covering Pirates basketball for The Setonian and eventually ran the school paper. In 2009, owner and commissioner Mitch Mortaza decided to Alternatively, please email ifollow@efl.com - note that live chat is recommended for the quickest response on a matchday. 28. Cowboys (9): How much does NFL showcase Dallas? 49ers (5): Despite most impressive showing of season, won't be easy retaining NFC's top seed with trips to Baltimore, New Orleans and Seattle looming. I have spent time with Bleacher Report, FanRag Sports and CNBC, among others. 3. © 2020 USA TODAY, a division of Gannett Satellite Information Network, LLC. “We’re all disappointed that we couldn’t find a way forward and we wanted to thank our fans, our players, coaches, everyone who loved the Arena Football League,” AFL commissioner Randall Boe said in a statement. It lasted for more than 30 years. 9. 27. © 2020 Forbes Media LLC. 17. No more SaberCats. Chiefs (7): Complete season sweep of Raiders this Sunday, and they'll essentially have a three-game lead in AFC West with four weeks remaining in season. It filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy on Wednesday after suspending local business operations in October. 12. 26. Woodward even … The AAF folded faster than the World Football League, which was not exactly global, since it stretched from Philadelphia to Honolulu, whose best … But did you know they feature NFL's top-rated run defense? pic.twitter.com/sFTtdAWRQV. The team, along with the Chicago Bruisers, Denver Dynamite and Washington Commandos, joined the AFL in 1987 as one of the charter franchises, and by 1992 it was the last of the four still operating. To do this click on the cookie settings button below. Flipping channels the other day, I came across an Arena Football League playoff game. 22. Buccaneers (24): The real question, given Bucs' 20th-ranked ground game, is why hasn't high school RB Vita Vea been in backfield far more often in 2019? Why Bill Hambrecht and Mark Cuban's UFL - United Football League - Will Fail Well, all I can say is "here we go again." The AFL never got the attention that the NFL did, but a few notable players passed through the league over the years. Giants (30): Why wouldn't they shut down Saquon Barkley? A group of rich guys with egos -- no women involved here -- think that because they have enough money to start a football league, it will automatically work. 13. The Arena Football League announced Wednesday it had declared bankruptcy and would not go on after more than 30 years in existence. 3:11 Newcastle fan Matt Renton of The Magpie Channel says it's 'heartbreaking' for fans that the Saudi-led group … I write sports at Forbes.com, The Athletic, Sporting News & Jets Wire. Here's why. It filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy on Wednesday after … Luckily for McMahon, then-NBC executive Dick Ebersol happened to be watching the press conference, and badly needed some football for his network. The Tampa Bay Storm were a professional arena football team based in Tampa, Florida, U.S. that played in the Arena Football League (AFL). The USFL, or United States Football League, was an American professional football league that competed for three seasons. The league, re-branded as Arena Football One in 2009, was the second well-known league to close down this year after the Alliance of American Football, which began its first season in February, ended midway through the season in April as a result of financial concerns. Their Thanksgiving game immediately followed by another prime-time appearance every year since 2012. Now back to Dalton? Among them were Eddie Brown, Barry Wagner, George LaFrance, Jay Gruden, Aaron Garcia and Kurt Warner, who became a Hall of Fame quarterback in the NFL after spending time with the Iowa Barnstormers. Most normal people would have kept on flipping. I am also the managing editor at Jets Wire. Ravens (1): Yet another milestone now in Lamar Jackson's sights? The Arena Football League declared bankruptcy on Wednesday, shutting down after 10 years in its current form and 32 years overall. Friday night, the 2016 Arena Football League schedule kicks off, with no Bay Area franchise. Patriots (2): No complacency for what Tom Brady admits is sputtering offense, LT Isaiah Wynn and rookie WR N'Keal Harry, who scored his first TD, joining starting lineup Sunday. Fans of the Arena Football League team Washington Valor celebrate with Valor quarterback Arvell Nelson (No. The league claimed 44 out of 126 players ended up on NFL rosters. Seven turnovers a league low, and they don't have multiple in any game. In order to use the live chat functionality you need to opt into live chat cookies. The six remaining teams were Albany, Atlantic City, Baltimore, Columbus, Philadelphia and Washington. The XFL, another league, begins its season in February 2020. AAF: Why the fledgling league was always doomed to fail NFL 15. “We all love the game and tried very hard to make it successful, but we simply weren’t able to raise the capital necessary to grow the League, resolve the substantial legacy liabilities and make it financially viable.”. 6. Vikings (8): They'll be hard pressed to cough up two-game lead for final NFC playoff berth, but two West Coast trips in next three weeks don't help. I am also the…. Foster envisioned Arena Football as a spring game, believing America's appetite for football could be satiated year-round. Chargers (21): Philip Rivers has now been on losing end of 61 games decided by seven or fewer points, most by any starting quarterback in Super Bowl era. It was founded in 1987, making it the third longest-running professional football league in North America after the Canadian Football League (CFL) and the National Football League (NFL) until the AFL closed in 2019. Jets (27): You probably know Jets have been on fire last three weeks, scoring 34 in each game. You may opt-out by. Broncos (26): Shoutout to Courtland Sutton, who's developed into Pro Bowl-caliber wideout under less-than-ideal offensive circumstances this season. Only one team has scored fewer rushing TDs than Jacksonville. Why did the deal ultimately fail? Despite a pool of roughly 1,600 players to pick from, an XFL Draft was held in 2000 where 475 players were picked, but it failed to find much if any quality players for the eight teams in the XFL. Maybe that comes next week, when they'll likely be officially eliminated from playoff picture. Falcons (19): Anyone else wonder why NFL decided we needed to see Atlanta and New Orleans meet on Thanksgiving night for second time in as many years? Saints (3): Trait that should serve them well? Raiders (13): Horrendous as they looked in Sunday's meltdown, a win at Kansas City in Week 13 vaults Oakland into first-place tie atop AFC West. I cover the Yankees, Jets, MLB, NFL and more for a variety of outlets. 19. The additions didn’t make enough of a difference, though, and so the league decided to re-evaluate its business model following this season. Colts (10): Losses to Raiders, Steelers may spell doom in tie-breaker department for Indy, which can't make up much ground with three NFC opponents left. LFL started as a halftime spectacle known as the Lingerie Bowl in 2004. What will we learn about Bills? The Arena Football League announced Wednesday it had declared bankruptcy and would not go on after more than 30 years in existence. 32. It’s a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, meaning the AFL is past the point of being able to reorganize. The Arena Football League (AFL) was a professional indoor American football league in the United States. The league suspended local business operations in October and had been evaluating potential strategic operations before Wednesday's decision. Packers (6): They're clearly vulnerable against teams that can rush the passer. The … The XFL 2.0, like the AAF … Calling it a “difficult but necessary decision,” the Arena Football League announced Tuesday evening that it was closing business operations in its six local markets. CLEVELAND, OH - JUNE 16: Cleveland Gladiators WR Michael Preston (19) makes a 9-yard touchdown catch ... [+] over Baltimore Brigade DB Qumain Black (5) during the second quarter of the Arena League Football game between the Baltimore Brigade and Cleveland Gladiators on June 16, 2017, at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, OH. The Fall Experimental Football League (FXFL) was a professional football minor league that played two seasons in 2014 and 2015. 29. 8. Phil McNulty analyses what went wrong for Arsenal and assesses the difficult job facing Freddie Ljunberg. 18. Bills (15): Much has been made of Buffalo's Division II schedule, but next four games against teams with winning records. 7. Welcome to the homepage of the EFL. I think it can, however they will need to try other strategies other then a sub par league in Europe 16. Some were optimistic the AAF would survive, maybe even thrive, as it filled the void NFL fans feel after the Super Bowl. Bears (23): It's convenient to pin blame for this season on Mitchell Trubisky. The XFL would be better off shutting things down now and just accepting that a second pro football league will NEVER work. Just awful football There’s no pussyfooting around it, the quality of football in the XFL was nothing short of atrocious. Now, the Arena Football League is no more. In addition to Forbes.com, I am a contributor at The Athletic and Sporting News. The league was mostly hurt by a lawsuit filed by one of its insurance carriers. Cleveland defeated Baltimore 59-48. The timing of a second football league was critical. 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