We suppose it’s fitting that, in the 50th year of the original “AFL,” the league to more recently adopt that acronym has pulled the plug.
Indeed, as widely reported and even more widely expected, the 22-year-old Arena Football League is calling it quits.
The Georgia Force, owned by Falcons owner Arthur Blank, has issued a statement confirming the cessation of AFL operations.
“We are disappointed at this outcome for AFL fans, but there was no other viable choice,” Force president Dick Sullivan said. “Despite significant efforts on the part of many AFL and team representatives, the League was unable to create a new business model that we and others could support. Those of us who worked at the Georgia Force will miss the fun action of this unique football game.”
That faint sound you hear in the distance is UFL Commissioner Michael Huyghue removing the cork from the finest bottle of Mumm’s that the Oyster Bay Drug and Sundry has to offer.