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Arena football vets never saw anything like new Chinese league
J.J. Raterink has seen a lot in more than a decade of professional arena football.

Why Ted Leonsis believes the Arena Football League will succeed in Baltimore
Ted Leonsis said the words of another sports mogul compelled him to push for an Arena Football League team in Baltimore: Kevin Plank.

Arena Football League is worth the risk in Baltimore
There are all sorts of reasons why it will be difficult for an Arena Football League franchise to gain traction in the Baltimore area, but that doesn't mean it isn't worth a try.

Monumental Sports & Entertainment All in on AFL; Adds Second Team for 2017
The Arena Football League was hit with a major spark earlier today as Monumental Sports & Entertainment announced in a press release that it has agreed to field a new team in Baltimore that will start play in the upcoming 2017 season.

Monumental Sports & Entertainment acquires a team to play in Baltimore
Monumental Sports & Entertainment (MSE) today announced the acquisition of an Arena Football League (AFL) team, which will play at Baltimore’s Royal Farms Arena starting in the spring of 2017. The soon-to-be-named AFL team joins the Washington Valor as the newest teams in the AFL.

Beijing Wins CAFL China Bowl on Final Play
Patrick Clarke III kicked a game winning 17 yard field goal with no time on the clock to give the Beijing Lions a 35-34 win over the Qingdao Clipper to capture the first ever China Bowl and the China Arena Football League championship.

Storm Exercises Rookie Options
The Tampa Bay Storm is pleased to announce that it has exercised the rookie options of 10 players heading into the 2017 Arena Football League season.

Storm Names Ron James Head Coach
The Tampa Bay Storm has named Ron James the seventh head coach in franchise history, team president Derrick Brooks announced.

Guangzhou Holds Off Shenzhen As Playoff Matchups Are Set
The Guangzhou Power Built a 19 point lead on the Shenzhen Naja then withstood an 18 point comeback and escaped with a 47 to 39 victory in a game that decided the matchups for the final weekend of play in the China Arena Football League. Even with a week remaining on the regular season schedule all six seeds have been established for the first ever China Bowl which will take place in Shanghai on November 6th.

The Road To Shanghai Runs Through Beijing
The Beijing Lions became the first team to earn a spot in the China Arena Football Leagues’ first ever Championship to be played in Shanghai in two weeks.

Li’s Winning Kick Keeps Clipper On Course
The first field goal in the history of the China Arena Football League will forever be remembered by Chao Ran Li. His 21 yard boot with two seconds remaining gave the Qingdao Clipper a 51 to 49 victory over the Shanghai Skywalkers.

Storm Acquires Nine In Offseason Assignment Process
The Tampa Bay Storm is pleased to announce that it has acquired nine players through the League’s offseason assignment process last week. The team acquired quarterbacks Randy Hippeard and Pete Thomas, offensive linemen Justin McCray and J.J. Unga, defensive linemen Monte Lewis, Caesar Rayford and Marcus Pittman, and defensive backs Trey Wolfe and Emmanuel Cook.

Arena allure: Kurt Warner tossed bombs, dodged beers
There was a time in the not-so-distant past when you could walk to a high-quality football game, purchase a Miller Lite from the concession stand and hurl it at future Hall of Fame quarterback Kurt Warner without seeming entirely out of place.

Arizona Rattlers Announce Move to the Indoor Football League
The Arizona Rattlers announced today that they will be moving from the Arena Football League (AFL) to the Indoor Football League (IFL) for the 2017 season.

Skywalkers Set Records in Victory
Usually you won’t hear a team say a match in week three is a “must win,” but that’s exactly what it was when the Shanghai Skywalkers faced the Shenzhen Naja.

AFL holds dispersal draft
The Arena Football League held a Dispersal Draft today with current teams selecting players from the rosters of the Jacksonville Sharks, Los Angeles KISS, Orlando Predators and Portland Steel.

League Statement
The Arena Football League is focused on solidifying its foundation for the long term and is in active conversations with strong, experienced ownership groups in markets where there is already a pro sports signature in place.

The Orlando Predators have chosen to suspend team operations
The Orlando Predators have chosen to suspend team operations today due to the reduced number of teams remaining in the Arena Football League as well as pending disagreements with the League. Over the course of the past several years we have focused on building and growing our winning franchise, despite significant issues at the league level that have impaired our ability to be successful.

An Homage to the Orlando Predators
No city should ever lose a sports franchise at any level. There's just too much invested in each franchise. Too many fans, too many players, too many coaches, too many guys who sell popcorn, too many interns who are just hoping to get a start in sports. When a team goes away at any level, all of that goes away, too.

Sharks moving to rival league
The Jacksonville Sharks of the Arena Football League announced today they are in the final stages of moving to a rival league for the 2017 season.

Shanghai Over Powers Guangzhou in the Second Half for First CAFL Win
A total of four points was all that separated the Guangzhou Power and the Shanghai Skywalkers from victory last weekend in the first ever CAFL games. Today in Dalian one would be assured of victory.

Beijing Wins Battle of Unbeatens
The China Arena Football League is a league of firsts. Today the first ever match up of undefeated teams took place as the Shenzhen Naja met the Beijing Lions as each team entered 1-0. This game lived up to the hype as a Luke Collis touchdown pass to Erwin Sennett Wu on the Lions last possession enabled them to escape the Damai Center with a 48-41 win over Shenzhen.

Beijing Lions Work Overtime for First Win
The Beijing Lions defense came up big, stopping the Shanghai Skywalkers two point conversion attempt in overtime to come away with a 54 -53 victory in the season opener for both teams in the new China Arena Football League. The Skywalkers trailed by 15 points in the second half, yet were able to tie the game in the final 16 seconds.

History Made: Us Football Debuts in China
On the first day of a national holiday, the founders of the “little company that could” had to be thrilled. More than 11,500 Chinese fans came to watch US-style football on their day off.

LEGEND SPORTSWEAR to Become the Exclusive Jersey and Merchandise Provider for the CAFL
Today the China Arena Football League announced a new and exciting partnership with Legend Sportswear as the Exclusive Jersey and Merchandise Partner of the CAFL.

Xenith announced as the Exclusive Equipment Partner of the CAFL
Today the China Arena Football League announced a new partnership with Xenith as the Exclusive Equipment Partner of the CAFL.

CAFL Partners with ONE World Sports
The China Arena Football League (CAFL) and Arena Football League Global (AFL-G) today announced that ONE World Sports, America’s Network for Global Sports, would carry their upcoming inaugural season, Super Series 2016. Beginning with the inaugural match live from Beijing, China’s capital city, Stamford-based ONE World Sports will air the CAFL’s entire 18-game series.

eBay Today #1 - Tampa Bay Storm replica ArenaBowl ring
We are kicking off a new feature series here at ArenaFan. We're combing through the depths of Arena Football League related items that can be found on eBay and will present them to you every so often. Our first eBay Today feature is a Tampa Bay Storm replica 1991 ArenaBowl championship ring.

The Fortune that will Bind Arena Football and Prominence
Before climbing up the ladder of success as the CEO of Foxwoods Resort Casino, Butera played Division III football as a defensive end for his school, Trinity College. In a way, this may have played a role in his full-time shift from casino executive to arena football commissioner.