2020 Arena Football League season in limbo as AFL suspends business operations

2020 Arena Football League season in limbo as AFL suspends business operations


THEN GO TO COLUBUS CITY COUNCIL FOR APPROVAL. COLLEEN: NEW TONIGHT! THE ARENA FOOTBALL HAS SUSPENDED OPERATIONS FOR ITS SIX MEMBER FRANCHISES, INCLUDING THE COLUMBUS DESTROYERS. COLLEEN: THE DESTROYERS JUST RETURNED TO COLUMBUS THIS YEAR AFTER MORE THAN A DECADE OUT OF BUSINESS. MARK: SPORTS DIRECTOR JEROD SMALLEY IS HERE WHAT WE’VE LEARNED ABOUT WHY THEY’RE SHUTTING DOWN FOR NOW. JEROD IT’S AS SIMPLE AS THIS: MONEY. THE ARENA LEAGUE OPERATORS SAY THEY ARE FACING SIGNIFICANT FINANCIAL TROUBLES RELATED TO PENDING, MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR LAWSUITS FILED BY A FORMER INSURANCE PROVIDER FOR THE LEAGUE. THAT MEANS THE 6 CURRENT TEAMS IN THE LEAGUE, INCLUDING THE DESTROYERS MAY NOT BE RETURNING FOR A NEW SEASON. THE LEAGUE HAS CONFIRMED IT WILL MEET SOON TO CONSIDER FUTURE BUSINESS OPERATIONS, AND THE LEAGUE SAYS IT IS NOT GIVING UP ON CONTINUING FORWARD IF THEY CAN PARTNER WITH NEW INVESTORS. THE DESTROYERS FINISHED 1- 10 THIS PAST YEAR IN THEIR RETURN. JEROD IT’S IMPORTANT TO NOTE THE LEAGUE HAS BEEN IN AND OUT OF BUSINESS FOR YEARS WITH SIMILAR FINANCIAL TROUBLES. ATTENDANCE FOR THE DESTROYERS THIS YEAR AVERAGED AROUND 6- THOUSAND FANS PER GAME AT NATIONWIDE ARENA. COLLEEN: AD LIB TOSS TO WEATHER

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