AAL, IFL Take Front Line Against Coronavirus

One week after opening their seasons on a positive note, both the AAL and IFL have plans in the works that will put those seasons on hold. In what he described as an “unprecedented situation,” Commissioner Todd Tryon announced yesterday the suspension of the IFL “until further notice” after two scheduled games in Oakland and … More AAL, IFL Take Front Line Against Coronavirus

AAL, IFL Openers Make Very Different Statements

Two arena leagues got underway last weekend, with the Music City Fire shocking the West Michigan Ironmen, 47-37, in the AAL opener on Friday night, and the Quad City Steamwheelers routing the Cedar Rapids River Kings, 54-39, in IFL start-up action on Saturday. These are two very different leagues, bookends on the spectrum of professional … More AAL, IFL Openers Make Very Different Statements

Fornario’s Departure Is Completely On The AAL

The relationship between the American Arena League and Gregg Fornario has not exactly been symbiotic. Sure, it started on mutually beneficial footing when the late Jack Bowman took Fornario and his-then Richmond Roughriders into Arena Pro Football, the AAL’s predecessor. APF got a foundational franchise and Fornario got a ring in his first year. But as … More Fornario’s Departure Is Completely On The AAL

Southern Steam Walkoff Suggests The AAL Goes Too Far With Non-League Play

This weekend the West Virginia Roughriders will host the New England Cavalry of the New England Arena League. It will be the 15th time a non-league opponent has made its way onto the American Arena League schedule this season. That’s a quarter of all games played, the heaviest use of imports anywhere in arena or … More Southern Steam Walkoff Suggests The AAL Goes Too Far With Non-League Play

What New England’s Departure Means For The AAL

Yesterday’s decision by owner Cynthia Hudson to fold the New England Bobcats creates a conundrum for the American Arena League. For one thing, it leaves a gaping hole in the Northern Division. Only the top two teams in each of the league’s four divisions will make the playoffs, and given the wide disparity between teams … More What New England’s Departure Means For The AAL

The AAL Season Opener Brings Hope Of A Better Year To Come

Last year’s American Arena League regular season played like an old Seinfeld episode with quirky characters providing enough comedic value to pull us through a thin plot line. Then came the postseason, and that all changed. June was filled with intrigue as four of its top five teams combined for three compelling games culminating in … More The AAL Season Opener Brings Hope Of A Better Year To Come