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

Three Reasons Why Arena Football Should Keep An Eye On The MAIFL

The Mid-Atlantic Indoor Football League came into the periphery of indoor football two years ago with all the conspicuousness of a tardy student slipping into the first empty seat before the teacher notices, yet even in that first year there was something bold about these guys. They rolled out their product in six cities between Lancaster, Pennsylvania and … More Three Reasons Why Arena Football Should Keep An Eye On The MAIFL

The NGL Debacle Can Be A Teaching Moment For Arena Football

On Friday, the National Gridiron League resolved itself pretty much the way everyone expected: into a steaming pile of excrement left on our front porch with Commissioner Joe McClendon running off behind the hedge after ringing our doorbell. The only surprise in his imminent failure to organize the new league is that Hotels.com never bought … More The NGL Debacle Can Be A Teaching Moment For Arena Football

The IFL Debut: Four Games, Four Feathers, Four Black Eyes

The Indoor Football League (IFL) got the 2019 inside football season underway this past weekend with eight teams in play across the frigid and snowy Midwest. For fans, it was a welcomed prelude to spring, nearly as iconic as Truck Day and tulips. For the IFL, it’s the start of a coming-out party as three … More The IFL Debut: Four Games, Four Feathers, Four Black Eyes

The Updated Arena Landscape: Love For The CIF, But More For The IFL

For some reason, Fifty Yarder’s semiannual update of The Arena Landscape garners more than its share of controversy. I’m not sure why. League placements into a tiered structure are not the product of any personal agenda of mine. They’re simply a visual articulation of the common understanding that has been shared in this industry for … More The Updated Arena Landscape: Love For The CIF, But More For The IFL

Three Secessions From The AAL That Can Change The Face of Arena Leagues To Come

A half-dozen new leagues got beyond the drawing board across arena football this past offseason, and it should come as no surprise that four of them were plotted by disillusioned teams fleeing the American Arena League. Notwithstanding the considerable resumes of CEO Tony Zefiretto and President Jack Bowman, the AAL was literally a vaudeville act … More Three Secessions From The AAL That Can Change The Face of Arena Leagues To Come