Tuesday, August 4, 2009
The Arena Football League has struggled in recent years, unable to stir buzz as a fast-paced alternative to the NFL. Unfortunately, the economic climate made it difficult for the league to turn a profit, and the AFL suspended operations for the 2009 season so owners could discuss a better economic model. The AFL has now filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, and expects to cease operations soon. Arena Football was an outlet for some LA football fans, providing the city a professional team that it lacked in the NFL. The Avengers, as they were called, were one of the AFL's more successful franchises, but when the league suspended play, the team could not remain in operation and folded back in April.