Monday, March 25, 2013

Is an Arena Football League team coming to Barclays Center?

Is arena football--in which each team has eight players on a field the size of an NHL hockey rink, playing over a main surface half the length of outdoor football field--coming to Brooklyn? Well, the Arena Football League is expanding.

In the Bring the AFL to Boston blog, fan Chris Menn wrote 3/22/13:
As you may or may not know, every year the AFL commissioner gives a state of the league address where he talks about what has happened to the league such as the TV deal with CBS, the CBA settlement, and other things. What caught my eye is this little bit regarding expansion:
As we head into the 2013 season, I am as pleased as I possibly could be with our direction. We’ve got 14 markets now – and another two expansion teams on the horizon for next year –
Now as far as I know one of the two expansion markets is New York which would play in the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. It'll be interesting to see which city is rewarded with the second expansion team as it would give the league an even 16 teams which works very well in the 4 division set-up the league currently has.
I haven't seen that confirmed anywhere.

Still, if the Barclays Center gets experienced in converting the floor for hockey, since the hockey Islanders are supposed to arrive in 2015 (or sooner if they break their lease with the Nassau Coliseum), arena football shouldn't be out of the question. And the Arena Football League does have a (modest) TV contract.

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