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Beginning of the end of Arena Football League? (again)


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I haven't followed the AFL semi-regularly for about 12 years, but excuse me for asking. What is the difference between all these indoor leagues that aren't the Arena league? I feel like 1 indoor football league might work, but 8 or so spread out and watered down isn't exactly helping keep any league survive.

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40 minutes ago, raysox said:

I haven't followed the AFL semi-regularly for about 12 years, but excuse me for asking. What is the difference between all these indoor leagues that aren't the Arena league? I feel like 1 indoor football league might work, but 8 or so spread out and watered down isn't exactly helping keep any league survive.

Not an expert so any correction is welcome, but the smaller leagues tend to cover one or two particular regions (Midwest, East Coast, Central Southwest/Texas region, etc.,) instead of being nationwide, as far I as understand that was a capitalization on when the AFL/AF2 stretched themselves too far by being a nationwide league. It seems financial instability, in-fighting, folding and merging have been a plague for every sizable indoor league and being a bunch of watered down smaller leagues struggling, folding, merging into each other, etc., is just one symptom of that.

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On 12/17/2017 at 12:22 PM, Bulldog said:

I feel like someday, some great documentarian, maybe Werner Herzog or Adam Curtis, could make a film about the sad, slow death of Arena Football.

 

But then...a strange thing happened. Having gained a contract with NBC due to their lack of any other sports programming...arena football thought it was real.

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6 hours ago, the admiral said:

 

But then...a strange thing happened. Having gained a contract with NBC due to their lack of any other sports programming...arena football thought it was real.

 

5 minutes ago, Bulldog said:

But this was a fantasy...

Blame John Elway.

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On 12/20/2017 at 12:35 PM, AstroBull21 said:

Im curious as im familiar with AFL, but how are goalposts constructed in other indoor leagues?

The teams I have worked for (CIFL, AIF) used PVC pipes painted yellow. Sometimes it's as simple as hanging them from the roof of the facility. 

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On 12/25/2017 at 4:16 PM, Sec19Row53 said:

The teams I have worked for (CIFL, AIF) used PVC pipes painted yellow. Sometimes it's as simple as hanging them from the roof of the facility. 

That's what I saw with the CenTex Barracudas when they were playing.  You know you're minor league when you're outdrawn in the same building by a quincenera. 

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6 hours ago, Jimmy Lethal said:

...hey, guys? The Spokane Empire exist. Hell, they even use orange too.

 

Uh, technically they don't. They're taking a "break" from the IFL (read: not coming back)

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1 hour ago, Jimmy Lethal said:

 

jesus christ what the hell has happened to this sport

 

The Arena League got too big for it's own good and it kind of blew up on itself. Now, it's a regional league with all four members in the east. In fact, more regional leagues seem to be the way to go for indoor football, if you ask me. It keeps costs down when you don't have long cross country trips to pay for. There are exceptions in certain leagues (The IFL, for example, is concentrated in the Midwest, but they do have the Arizona Rattlers, who are far outside of the region). Still, I don't see the Arena League lasting too far longer until they can find a way to make it into a regional league that can help keep costs down.

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3 hours ago, Seadragon76 said:

 

The Arena League got too big for it's own good and it kind of blew up on itself. Now, it's a regional league with all four members in the east. In fact, more regional leagues seem to be the way to go for indoor football, if you ask me. It keeps costs down when you don't have long cross country trips to pay for. There are exceptions in certain leagues (The IFL, for example, is concentrated in the Midwest, but they do have the Arizona Rattlers, who are far outside of the region). Still, I don't see the Arena League lasting too far longer until they can find a way to make it into a regional league that can help keep costs down.

Phoenix being a major airline hub won't have issues getting in and out of town. The IFL is all over the map though. 

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