Arena Football League ceases operations, files for bankruptcy

The Arena Football League has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy and is fully ceasing operations.

“We’re all disappointed that we couldn’t find a way forward and we wanted to thank our fans, our players, coaches, everyone who loved the Arena Football League,” AFL commissioner Randall Boe said in a statement.

“We all love the game and tried very hard to make it successful, but we simply weren’t able to raise the capital necessary to grow the league, resolve the substantial legacy liabilities and make it financially viable.”

The league suspended local business operations in October and had been evaluating potential strategic operations before making the decision to suspend operations. Refunds are being processed and should be completed in a few weeks. The league is thankful for the fans, athletes, coaches, personnel, partners, sponsors and many others over the years who poured immense passion into the AFL.

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