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According to this article from the New Orleans Times-Picayune, the New Orleans Voodoo are shutting down operations.

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"In a letter to Arena Football League interim commissioner Ed Policy, New Orleans Voodoo owner Tom Benson said the Voodoo is folding and severing its five-year stay in the Crescent City and its affiliation with the league, VooDoo team spokesman Greg Bensel said.

Bensel also stated that Benson, who is attending NFL meetings in Florida this week, stressed that this is not an indictment on this marketplace. That he believes in New Orleans, but knows this is the right decision based on circumstances currently affecting the league and the team."

My response: Yawn. Arena football is a joke.

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I think they tried to get too big too fast and wound up ruining what used to be a good thing. I haven't watched AFL in two or three years now, and I was there at the beginning. Still have my Denver Dynamite pennant up here in my office and the first Arena Bowl still on tape...

They need to go back to what the league used to be...

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*inches closer to AFL panic button*

You ain't kidding. Pre-Katrina, the Voodoo were an unqualified success, and I thought they were still holding their own when they came back, too. Plus there's the whole deal of making New Orleans the home of the Arenabowl. Ouch.

So that puts 'em down to 16 teams. How many of those are on shaky ground? I'll offer up Kansas City and Utah for openers.

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New Orleans just wasn't a big enough market to support a more fringe sport like this. The question now is if they hammer home the proposed Boston/DC expansion like had been rumored.

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*inches closer to AFL panic button*

You ain't kidding. Pre-Katrina, the Voodoo were an unqualified success, and I thought they were still holding their own when they came back, too. Plus there's the whole deal of making New Orleans the home of the Arenabowl. Ouch.

So that puts 'em down to 16 teams. How many of those are on shaky ground? I'll offer up Kansas City and Utah for openers.

Actually, I'd offer up some of the more stable ones. The Voodoo still were one of the better run and supported franchise. I believe the logic behind the fold is "why should we divert our revenue to support our weaker sisters." From checking around on the AFL boards, it sounds like a couple more teams may be bailing shortly. Right now its a game of "check the free agent lists and see whose entire roster is gone". Orlando, as an example, seems to fall into this category.

Oh.....and expansion is so off the table at the moment. Not that moving into DC or Boston would be wise anyway.

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Actually, I'd offer up some of the more stable ones. The Voodoo still were one of the better run and supported franchise. I believe the logic behind the fold is "why should we divert our revenue to support our weaker sisters." From checking around on the AFL boards, it sounds like a couple more teams may be bailing shortly. Right now its a game of "check the free agent lists and see whose entire roster is gone". Orlando, as an example, seems to fall into this category.

Oh.....and expansion is so off the table at the moment. Not that moving into DC or Boston would be wise anyway.

Jesus. If the Preds go, they might as well call it a day and close down the whole damn thing. And any team not wise enough to follow Orlando's lead could continue on their fool's errand in af2.

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Actually, I'd offer up some of the more stable ones. The Voodoo still were one of the better run and supported franchise. I believe the logic behind the fold is "why should we divert our revenue to support our weaker sisters." From checking around on the AFL boards, it sounds like a couple more teams may be bailing shortly. Right now its a game of "check the free agent lists and see whose entire roster is gone". Orlando, as an example, seems to fall into this category.

Oh.....and expansion is so off the table at the moment. Not that moving into DC or Boston would be wise anyway.

Jesus. If the Preds go, they might as well call it a day and close down the whole damn thing. And any team not wise enough to follow Orlando's lead could continue on their fool's errand in af2.

How could the AFL exist without the Preds? For the AFL, that would be the equivalent of the NFL losing the Bears or the Packers.

I still think the beginning of the end was when the NFL declined its 50-percent option to buy the league.

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The AFL did itself in when it began fans in the cities that had been loyal to the league during its infancy in favor of larger markets with no interest in supporting what is still seen (despite what the diehards think) as a minor league.

I was a huge Milwaukee Mustangs fan back in the day, but now I doubt I'd get too excited if they were to come back. I'm damn sure not supporting the af2 team that's jumpin' off next year.

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The AFL did itself in when it began fans in the cities that had been loyal to the league during its infancy in favor of larger markets with no interest in supporting what is still seen (despite what the diehards think) as a minor league.

I was a huge Milwaukee Mustangs fan back in the day, but now I doubt I'd get too excited if they were to come back. I'm damn sure not supporting the af2 team that's jumpin' off next year.

Agreed. I think the beginning of that trend can be traced to 2001, when Iowa packed up and left for Long Island. Even though they left market number 1-hundred-something for market 1, you'd be hard pressed to convince me the team has more brand recognition and support now than it did 8 years ago in Des Moines. And letting the Firebirds wither and die in Indy because they didn't want to expose how bloated the expansion fee had become was another boneheaded move.

As for Milwaukee, I think that was a bit of a different case. Didn't the ownership (the V-something Brothers) basically burn every bridge they had in town, to the point where the Bradley Center kicked them out for "renovations" that never took place?

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The AFL did itself in when it began fans in the cities that had been loyal to the league during its infancy in favor of larger markets with no interest in supporting what is still seen (despite what the diehards think) as a minor league.

I was a huge Milwaukee Mustangs fan back in the day, but now I doubt I'd get too excited if they were to come back. I'm damn sure not supporting the af2 team that's jumpin' off next year.

Agreed. I think the beginning of that trend can be traced to 2001, when Iowa packed up and left for Long Island. Even though they left market number 1-hundred-something for market 1, you'd be hard pressed to convince me the team has more brand recognition and support now than it did 8 years ago in Des Moines. And letting the Firebirds wither and die in Indy because they didn't want to expose how bloated the expansion fee had become was another boneheaded move.

As for Milwaukee, I think that was a bit of a different case. Didn't the ownership (the V-something Brothers) basically burn every bridge they had in town, to the point where the Bradley Center kicked them out for "renovations" that never took place?

Valozzis, yes. A nephew of the Valozzis (Drew Valozzi) is one of the owners of the Milwaukee Iron. As a Blizzard season ticket holder, I'll definintely go to the BC when the BLizzard come to town.

I'm thinking if the VooDoo folded, that means the single entity vote passed. Weren't the NFL owners the ones who opposed single entity? Thus if it passed, NFL owners would be more likely to bail on the league.

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I'm thinking if the VooDoo folded, that means the single entity vote passed. Weren't the NFL owners the ones who opposed single entity? Thus if it passed, NFL owners would be more likely to bail on the league.

The only ones I can think of are Dallas and Colorado... I'm sure there's one-two more...

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I'm thinking if the VooDoo folded, that means the single entity vote passed. Weren't the NFL owners the ones who opposed single entity? Thus if it passed, NFL owners would be more likely to bail on the league.

The only ones I can think of are Dallas and Colorado... I'm sure there's one-two more...

Add the Georgia Force(Blank is the owner of the Falcons)

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Well the Brigade appear to be safe. they just hired a new offensive cooridnator.

The Birgade messageboard seems to be a-buzz about the potential talent we can pick up due to the folding of the voodoo and any other team that might die.

Sad, but when you suck, you'll do about anything to get better.

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