The Arena Football League and the Philadelphia Soul announced on Tuesday, June 16, 2010, the re-launching of the Philadelphia Soul franchise. The ownership group will be minus Jon Bon Jovi but will bring in Pete Ciarrocchi and Cosmo DeNicola. Pete Ciarrocchi, you all know as the owner of the Chickie's and Pete's franchise. Cosmo DeNicola, some of you may know, is part owner of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Pioneers. So let's catch you up on what has been going on in the Arena League since my last post.
The league came back, technically, on November 9, 2009 as Arena Football 1. On December 7, 2009, the Federal Courts awarded AF1 all the assets and logos of the original Arena Football League, with the exception of one team, the Dallas Desperados. Next came the new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). From my understanding the players are getting paid on a per game basis. They are being paid more the AF2 players (about $200 a game) but less then the league minimum of the original AFL (about $1500 per game). I do not know, as of now, if the players get anytime of insurance or housing. I would imagine that they would but I can not say for sure. It is also my understanding that all players are on 1 year deals. SO everyone is a free agent at the end of the year.
The league has a one year deal (for 2010) with the NFL Network. They show one game a week, possibly two. My understanding is that they are getting around a .1 rating every week, which is better then what the NFLN was getting in that time slot. My guess is that this deal will get renewed. Like I just said, it's better ratings then what the NFLN gets on Friday nights in the summer. Plus, there is an impending lockout/strike on the horizon for the NFL. This will be just an extra revenue stream for the NFL owners. Remember, they still get money from Fox, CBS, and ESPN in the first year of work stoppage.
The league is led by Commissioner Jerry Kurz. I have no info on this guy but I am sure he's not much of an upgrade over Baker.
The league has two conferences and 2 divisions in each conference. According to WIKIPEDIA this is how it breaks out;
Not sure where the Soul fit into this yet but we will find out. Also, it was announced that San Jose is coming back for 2011.
Familiar Faces in Strange Places
Here is a list of some of our boys on new AF1 teams
JJ McKelvey - Arizona Rattlers
Clifton Smith - Chicago Rush
Donovan Arp - Cleveland Gladiators
Brent Holmes - Cleveland Gladiators
Phil Bogle - Dallas Vigilantes
Larry Brackins - Dallas Vigilantes
Chris Brown - Dallas Vigilantes
Kenny Henderson - Dallas Vigilantes
Eddie Moten - Dallas Vigilantes
Dee Webb - Jacksonville Sharks