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Mar 3rd 2009

Classic Example of a Lie

The Arena Football League has canceled its 2009 season, but will resume play the following year, [according to] the Cleveland Plain Dealer and The New York Times.

League officials could not be reached to comment, but have previously denied the indoor football league would cancel the 2009 season. The AFL, founded in 1987, has 16 teams after New Orleans folded in October.

However, the owner of the Cleveland Gladiators told the Times that AFL executives and team owners moved to suspend the 2009 season, pending approval by the players’ union, so the league could fix its economic model.

“It’s a historic day for the league,” James Ferraro told the paper. “This league will be much, much stronger, and it will be here for a long time because of what happened.

“This is the farthest thing from the league folding,” he added. “This is, in my opinion, just showing us the league will not fold.” [Source: Reuters]

Shutting down the league for a season is actually the closest thing to the league folding. The farthest thing from the league folding would entail you being profitable enough to go forward with your 2009 season as usual. I don’t fault an organization for restructuring itself, but shutting down the league for a season shows that you are in trouble, not that you are in good shape.

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