April 25, 1999 |
Following its busiest offseason, a new partnership with the NFL and plans for more expansion, Arena Football enters its 13th season this weekend. Commissioner David Baker, with a five-year contract extension and dozens of cities clamoring to join the indoor football league, is even taking calls from potential team owners and from commercial sponsors eager to sign on. "First and foremost, some of the good stuff had to do with the NFL," Baker says. "It is a significant alliance for us.
March 2, 2002 |
NBC is finalizing a deal to secure broadcasting rights to Arena Football League games, beginning next season, The Times has confirmed. The deal, which is expected to be announced next week, is the latest attempt to attract male viewers to a network that in the last five years has lost broadcast rights to Major League Baseball and the NFL. NBC will lose its NBA rights at the end of this season.
April 18, 1990 |
Arena Football will begin its fourth season on June 8, with six teams playing an eight-game regular season in competition leading up to the Arena Bowl in August, officials said Wednesday. The top four teams at season's end will meet in two playoff games the week before the Arena Bowl. The winners will participate in the championship game Aug. 10 or 11 at a site to be determined. The Detroit Drive, Arena Football's champions the last two years, head the list of four returning teams.
May 21, 1992
Arena football makes its debut in San Diego tonight at 7:30 when the Arizona Rattlers play the Cincinnati Rockers in an exhibition game at the Sports Arena. It will be the first arena football game played in Southern California since the now-defunct Los Angeles Cobras played in the Los Angeles Sports Arena in 1988. The Arena Football League plays on a field with a length of 50 yards and a width of 80 feet, half the width of regular outdoor field.
August 16, 1995 |
Six Orange County businessmen are attempting to bring an Arena Football League team to Anaheim, according to Roy Englebrecht, who heads the group. The group has made a tentative offer to buy the Las Vegas Sting, Englebrecht said. The purchase would be contingent on the new ownership securing a deal to use The Pond of Anaheim. "We have been negotiating with The Pond for four months and it's a matter of dotting the i's and crossing the t's on the lease," Englebrecht said.
April 11, 2005 |
Al Lucas, a lineman for the Los Angeles Avengers, died Sunday afternoon after sustaining an apparent spinal cord injury while trying to make a tackle early in the Arena Football League team's game at Staples Center, officials said. Lucas, 26, was injured on a kickoff return five minutes into the game against the New York Dragons. He was pronounced dead at California Hospital Medical Center in downtown Los Angeles after attempts to revive him at the arena and hospital failed.