September 17, 2009

Shock to join AFL 2.0

It looks like Spokane has just gone big-time... as the Shock are looking to join the new Arena Football League that will be forming in the ashes of the AFL.

“I was asked every single year: Would you ever join the AFL? And I always said, ‘No, it wouldn’t make any sense.’ Under the new scenario, it does make sense and I think we’re going to have a chance to play in a little bigger pond and have the big boys come to town and see what it’s like to play in our building.” Nelson said he can’t discuss specifics because details are still being worked out, but the new league could have 12-15 teams, including four former af2 franchises, several from the defunct AFL and a few expansion teams. Former af2 teams could include Spokane, Tulsa, Iowa and Milwaukee. Utah, Arizona, San Jose, Orlando, Tampa Bay and Chicago – all part of the AFL, which folded after the 2008 season – have been mentioned as candidates for the new league.

And pay will be improved... kind of.

Players in the top-tier league likely would make $400 per game for the first season, up from the $200 (plus $50 for a win) per-game salary in af2.

An official announcement isn’t expected for at least a week or two. The new league hopes to announce a schedule sometime in October.

Can't wait to see what happens with this.

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