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AFL suspends 2009 season

The AFL announced today that the League’s Board of Directors have decided to suspend the 2009 season subject to agreement and cooperation with the Arena Football League Players Association.

The decision is to allow the League to work on developing a long-term plan to improve its economic model.

In a prepared statement to the press, acting commissioner, Ed Policy, said: “Every owner in the AFL is strongly committed to the league, the game, and, most importantly, the fans. Owners, however, recognize that, especially in light of the current unprecedented economic climate, the AFL, as a business enterprise, needs to be restructured.”

However, the arenafootball2 league (af2), the official development league of the Arena Football League (AFL), will continue to operate as usual and will play in 2009 – the league’s 10th anniversary season.

“Today’s decision by the AFL will not affect our preparation for a successful 2009 af2 campaign,” said af2 President Jerry Kurz. “We’re excited by the addition of Milwaukee to our league family and feel that this, our 10th anniversary season, will provide our fans with the most competitive and most entertaining year ever.”

The af2 operates entirely on its own and is not directly affected by the AFL’s current situation.