On Monday, Sept. 29, the Arena Football League will still be dead.
However, Arena Football will not be.
A press conference is scheduled in Tulsa, Ok. to announce that the af2 and a few select AFL teams will combine for a two-tier farm-league system that will reinvent Arena Football.
The league name and logo ideas were leaked out and it is most likely the league will be known as arenafootball1. While the logo and name have drawn some early criticism, most fans are just glad to know that Arena Football will be played in its purist form next spring.
There are a lot of unknowns at this point, but the general fan consensus is that the league will consist of anywhere between 24 and 36 teams as a two-tiered system.
A few of the AFL teams have hinted at the idea of joining this newly renovated league, but none have officially committed as of yet.
One of those franchises is the San Jose SaberCats.
San Jose is as close to a "prized franchise" as the AFL had. Winning three Arena Bowl titles and finishing second last season to Philadelphia.
A few other teams have expressed interest, but only one has confirmed they will play in the newly formed af1 next season.
The Orlando Predators owner will be in Tulsa on Monday for the press conference. The Predators were once one of the dominant franchises in the AFL. With star players such as Barry Wagner. The Preds have only had one losing season in franchise history, their first season in the league.
Two teams that most likely will not join forces with the af2 are Colorado and Grand Rapids.
The Crush and Rampage have publicly stated they are not interested in joining the new league as they are still trying to find a way to bring the AFL back.
The af2 teams that will move into the highest tier look to be defending af2 champions Spokane Shock, the Tulsa Talons and Oklahoma City YardDawgz. Other teams could make the move up as well, such as the Albany Firebirds and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Pioneers.
Some of them for regional reasons, like Albany and Wilkes-Barre, others for financial reasons.
No matter the reason for the return of teams or cities to Arena Football at least it is returning!
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