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Skodnick: For Albany AFL coach Les Moss, a father's coaching lessons continue
Coaching football, whether in the NFL or the alphabet soup of leagues that fall below football's biggest stage, can be a nomadic life.

Tampa Bay Storm To Suspend Operations, Effective Immediately
Tampa Bay Sports and Entertainment announced today that it has elected to suspend operations of the Tampa Bay Storm effective immediately.

On why I continue to have faith and believe in the Arena Football League
We live in a real-time world. Fast paced, algorithmically driven, whoever captures and acts on the most data wins.

Valor Hopefuls Look to Land Roster Spot
Two Saturdays ago was one of the first snowfalls of the season in the DMV but that didn’t stop over 100 athletes from showing up for the Washington Valor open tryouts at Athletic Performance, Inc. in Gambrills, MD. The weather wouldn't stop me from attending either.

Albany AFL Opens its Doors
Seventeen years after it left, Ron Jaworski declared on Tuesday evening, “Professional football is back in Albany!” This declaration was made in front of a few hundred in attendance at the Albany AFL Open House at the Times Union Center. Season pass holders were invited to the event to mingle with team ownership, the coaching staff, and Arena Football legend “Touchdown” Eddie Brown.

Buzz grows for football return
Honestly, "Touchdown" Eddie Brown can't remember the last time he set foot in Times Union Center. He was there Tuesday night, reliving the cheers he used to get as a member of the Arena League's Albany Firebirds back in the day.

Gladiators are going on two-year hiatus, but will there be an Arena Football League by 2020?
It's difficult to be optimistic about the future of a league that has had nine teams leave or fold since 2014. And that was before the AFL lost one of its few stable franchises for the next two years.

Albany AFL Names Les Moss as Assistant Head Coach
Albany AFL announce that four-time Arena Football League Champion, Les Moss, has been named as the team's assistant head coach effective immediately.

Cleveland Takes Two Year Break From Competition
The Arena Football League announced today that the Cleveland Gladiators will be suspending play for the 2018 and 2019 season due to a comprehensive transformation and construction project on Quicken Loans Arena.

Cleveland Gladiators Announce Two Year Hiatus From Arena Football League Play
The Cleveland Gladiators announced today that the franchise would need to take a two-season hiatus from play in the Arena Football League (AFL) due to The Q transformation and construction project and process.

Tackling Tech: Arena Football League Plans OTT Service
After 30 years of trying new and different things on the field, in the stands, and occasionally on TV, the Arena Football League (AFL), is going all in on pay live game streaming after a successful trial run of an OTT product and enabling technologies last season.

Ex-UH linebacker Daley dies of brain aneurism
Daley reportedly died of a brain aneurysm on Wednesday in California. He was 26. Daley went to training camp with the Atlanta Falcons and later signed with the L.A. Kiss of the Arena Football League.

Eddie Brown, Ron Jaworski will headline Albany AFL open house Dec. 5
The Albany AFL expansion team will hold an open house at the Times Union Center on Tuesday, Dec. 5 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The event, which is free to the public, will will give fans the opportunity to select the seat location for their season tickets and feature appearances from head coach Rob Keefe, team co-owners Ron Jaworski and Marques Colston and Albany arena football legend Eddie Brown.

Albany AFL Announce Open House Event at Times Union Center
The Arena Football League’s newest team will host an Open House event, presented by Recovery Room Sports Grill, at the Times Union Center on Tuesday, December 5 from 5pm - 8pm. This first public event for the team will be free to the public, including free parking at the Times Union Center Garage (off Market Street).

Name to be unveiled for Albany AFL team
The name for the new arena football team coming to Albany will soon be unveiled. Voting closed at midnight to vote on one of four choices. They were the Albany Phoenix, the Albany Empire, Albany Machine and Albany Fire. The team will host an open tryout for players on Jan. 27 at the Sportsplex in Halfmoon.

Albany AFL to Hold an Open Player Tryout
The Arena Football League’s newest team will host an open tryout on Saturday, January 27 at Sportsplex at Halfmoon located at 6 Corporate Drive, Clifton, NY 12065. Registration will begin at 8 a.m., with stretching starting at 9 a.m.

Antonio Brown's Dad Is the Greatest Arena Football Player of All-Time
Understand this: the man best known for being the father of Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Antonio Brown never planned on scoring 54 points all by himself, any more than he planned on becoming arguably the greatest player in Arena Football League history.

Albany AFL Names Chris Thompson Director of Football Operations
Albany AFL announces that it has named Chris Thompson as Director of Football Operations for the team. Chris will also serve as the Offensive Coordinator for the team during the season. Per league and team rules, terms are not disclosed.

Vote For the Albany AFL Team Name on
The NEW Albany Arena Football team is proud to announce that it has narrowed down the options for the name of the team to four choices: Albany Phoenix, Albany Empire, Albany Machine and Albany Fire.

Albany AFL Names Rob Keefe as Head Coach
Albany AFL announce that two-time Arena Football League Champion, Rob Keefe, has been named as the team’s head coach effective immediately. Per League and team rules, terms are not disclosed.

Albany AFL Names George Manias Vice President, Business Operations
Albany AFL announce that veteran sports executive George Manias has been named Vice President, Business Operations for Albany AFL and will run the day-to-day business operations for the team.

Skodnick: Albany can recapture AFL glory days with new team
It was broadcast live on ABC, and for the 13,652 fans who packed into the then-Pepsi Arena on Aug. 21, 1999, it was then and may still be one of the biggest sporting events in Albany's history.

It's official: Arena Football League returning to Times Union Center
Arena Football, the sport conceived on the back of an envelope that was played at the Times Union Center for 19 seasons, will return to the Capital Region next spring.

Live AFL Albany Press Conference
Albany will be announced as the AFL's 6th team at 10:45am.

The Arena Football League Returns to Albany
The Arena Football League (AFL) will return to Albany, NY, with the team beginning play at the Times Union Center starting in the spring of 2018. The soon-to-be-named team marks the first time the city has been represented in the AFL since they left the market in 2000. The Arena Football League, founded in 1987, will be entering its 31st season of play in 2018.

Albany Arena Football League team to be unveiled Tuesday
A local ownership group will announce the return of Arena Football to Albany on Tuesday.

Arena Football League in negotations to return to Albany
A deal that will return the Arena Football League to Times Union Center after an 18-year absence is in the works, multiple sources confirmed Thursday.

Arena football ready for another Capital Region touchdown
It looks like arena football is close to coming back to the Capital Region.

Best OK, It's Hard to Wring Positives from a 4-10 Season, But Arena Football Is Still Fun: Baltimore
The rebooted AFL only had five teams in it, and three of those teams, including the Brigade, won fewer than 40 percent of their games. Hey, somebody’s gotta do the losing.

Soul Host Championship Celebration at City Hall on Wednesday, August 30
The Philadelphia Soul are pleased to announce that there will be a championship celebration rally at the City Hall courtyard at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, August 30.