This non-NFL football league proved it could stand the test of time, but not last forever.
The Arena Football League — which lasted more than 30 years since it first arrived in 1987 — announced Wednesday that it will file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy and cease to exist.
“We’re all disappointed that we couldn’t find a way forward and we wanted to thank our fans, our players, coaches, everyone who loved the Arena Football League,” AFL Commissioner Randall Boe said in a statement. “We all love the game and tried very hard to make it successful, but we simply weren’t able to raise the capital necessary to grow the League, resolve the substantial legacy liabilities and make it financially viable.”
The league had suspended all local operations last month. It had been considering the possibility of continuing as a traveling league.
The AFL — which easily outlasted other football leagues such as the USFL, XFL and AAF — survived plenty of bumps in the road, with expansion and contraction and a team owned by the founders of KISS and a bankruptcy that knocked out the 2009 season and most recently a six-team league.
The AFL almost lasted long enough to see Vince McMahon attempt his second try with the XFL. The New York Guardians are one of the eight teams in the league, which will begin on Feb. 8, 2020.
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