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Apparently, the Arena Football League has gone the way of the Dodo bird, the pay phone, and “Arrested Development.” The 22-year-old league, known for high scores and close spectator seating arrangements, has called it quits, citing the inability to agree on a feasible business model, according to The Denver Post.
The owners of the 17 AFL teams voted to suspend operations indefinitely, which wasn’t all that hard to predict considering that the league took last year off. The primary AFL Web site issued a statement in April saying a new plan would save the day and allow for play in 2010.
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The Post couldn’t reach any of the owners for the Colorado Crush, which include John Elway and Stan Kroenke, the owner of the Denver Nuggets, Colorado Avalanche, Colorado Rapids, nearly half of the St. Louis Rams, and a third of European soccer juggernaut Arsenal.
So there it is: The AFL lasts 22 years. ProFootballTalk.com writes that it’s “fitting” for the league to fold on what would have been the 50th year of indoor football in America.