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Reports: Arena Football League Suspends 2009 Season

Posted Dec 15, 2008 by Adam Adkins

Updated Dec 15, 2008 at 11:34 AM

The Cleveland Plain Dealer and New York Times are reporting the Arena Football League has decided to suspend the 2009 season.

The AFL’s board of directors met via conference call Sunday evening to vote for the second time in five days on whether to suspend operations for the 2009 season. On Wednesday, the board voted not to suspend the 2009 season at that time.

A two-thirds majority vote was needed to suspend operations, meaning 12 of the 17 members were in favor of the issue. The Plain Dealer, citing a league source, said the league will look to resume operations in 2010.

Tampa Bay Storm head coach and general manager Tim Marcum declined to comment on the matter late Sunday evening.

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Por (Marty) on December 15, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Dang shame. Sob Sob

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Por (Brian Wilson) on December 15, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Does this mean I will now have to talk with my wife and do ‘honey do’s” instead of watching Arena football?

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Por (Holly) on December 15, 2008 (Suggest removal)

The storm knew this was in the works but called and emailed friday with a strong arm sales pitch to try and get us to buy season tickets at half off. Already had heard that they would be shutting down.  Poor management/sale reps etc are the reason this will not be a loss to me.

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Por (Joseph Hedrick) on December 15, 2008 (Suggest removal)

This is a sad day for the AFL and the AFL fan…It was nice to have a league where the players actually cared about the fans..The NFL is just a bunch of spoiled rich boys who wont sign an autograph unless you have money to give them or you are dying, and the cameras on so they can make themselves look good..I have witnessed first hand how little the Bucs and the NFL care about the fans..Its nice to see the NFL losing money and making cutbacks..It does my heart good….I will miss you AFL and all the STORM players and staff , you were the BEST.

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