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supa_fly_steeler
02-19-2010, 09:30 PM
Arena Football League looking at Pittsburgh
By Karen Price, PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Thursday, February 18, 2010

Buzz Up!

The Arena Football League is rebooting in April, and new commissioner Jerry Kurz said Wednesday he's confident Pittsburgh will be part of a planned 2011 expansion.

"It's pretty far along (in the process)," Kurz said. "We're hoping for them to be a 2011 team, but there are a lot of things it depends on, building availability, things like that. ... But it is a place we will be."

Kurz declined to name the ownership group the AFL is in talks with, but confirmed that it is not the Penguins.

"We've had two groups apply, but only one serious group, and it's a well-known local business family that has expressed interest before," Kurz said.

Part of the reason Kurz is so secure in saying a team will play in Pittsburgh is because of the anticipated opening of the Consol Energy Center. Kurz said it wouldn't make sense to have a new building not being used as much as it should.

Yet, Penguins spokesman Tom McMillan said the hockey team, which owns the building and would lease the space to any other teams that played there, has not been contacted by anyone involved with the Arena Football League.

"With the new arena, we're obviously looking to bring lots of new and different events to Pittsburgh, so if there's an owner who wanted to talk to us, we'd certainly talk to them," McMillan said. "But we haven't heard from anyone at this point."

Pittsburgh hasn't had an arena football team since 1990, when the Gladiators moved to Tampa after four years at the Civic Arena. The Gladiators were one of the league's original four teams.

The AFL will return after folding in December 2008. The league will begin play in April with a 16-game schedule and 15 teams from both the former AFL and arenafootball2, with plans to expand in 2011 to Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Southern California and Denver.

This isn't the first time there's been talk of an AFL revival in Pittsburgh.

Steve Greenberg, former Pirates vice president and current professor of sports marketing at Duquesne, said that with the city's appetite for football and the opening of the Consol Energy Center, an AFL franchise could be successful.

"For any team playing in a new facility, I think there's a benefit," he said. "People will want to go see the hockey team play, but people will also go to see football, especially if they won't have the availability for hockey tickets. The new facility will be a draw as well as the sport itself."

Former Penguins president Tom Rooney, a first cousin to the Steelers' Rooney family, said he does not believe the local NFL team is involved with any potential AFL ownership group. But he also isn't surprised that talk of playing in Pittsburgh has resurfaced.

"It did very well for a short time here," Rooney said. "You know how football-crazy Pittsburgh is. It could be successful."

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Nadroj 20
02-19-2010, 09:36 PM
Pittsburgh needs an NBA team not another football team :chuckle:

Chidi29
02-19-2010, 09:38 PM
Pittsburgh seems like a very logical place for an AFL team. While it'll be tough to compete with the major sports teams, it is a stable market. That's what the AFL has to be looking for considering they went under because of financial problems.

Chidi29
02-19-2010, 09:39 PM
Pittsburgh needs an NBA team not another football team :chuckle:

Anyone remember the Piittsburgh Xplosion? They still around? Remember they had Kevin Pittsnogle. Hated when Pitt had to play him, but loved that he was with the Xplosion.

Nadroj 20
02-19-2010, 09:45 PM
Anyone remember the Piittsburgh Xplosion? They still around? Remember they had Kevin Pittsnogle. Hated when Pitt had to play him, but loved that he was with the Xplosion.

I actually think i know what your talking about, almost like minor league basketball wasnt it? lol

I REALLY know what your talking about with pissnogle in college though :doh: he always played well against pitt

NEPAsteeler
02-19-2010, 10:24 PM
(Haven't been on here in awhile... it's good to be back. anyways...)

I think it'd be pretty cool for Pittsburgh to get an AFL team. I was a season ticket holder for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Pioneers minor league AFL team before they ceased to exist after last year. Just another Pittsburgh team to cheer on!

JackHammer
02-19-2010, 11:35 PM
I'd get season tickets. No doubt.

SteelCityMan786
02-20-2010, 03:04 PM
I'd go see this team. It would be nice to have a reason to believe one team that starts the year in April could compete for titles year after year.

AllD
02-20-2010, 05:35 PM
They would also need a rival located in Ohio.

Cinnjerm
02-20-2010, 06:08 PM
This would be cool, but like someone else indicated before, I'd rather see an NBA expansion into Pittsburgh.

supa_fly_steeler
02-20-2010, 06:34 PM
let go get our young'n quarterback and rule the league

NEPAsteeler
02-20-2010, 07:39 PM
They would also need a rival located in Ohio.

There's already a team in Ohio, the Cleveland Gladiators. Would be the perfect rivalry!

NEPAsteeler
02-20-2010, 07:44 PM
The AFL is also looking to get a lower level in tact next season. Pretty much how the NHL and MLB have their minor leagues. The lower level teams would be the development/farm teams for the bigger AFL teams. I would love to get our team back here in the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton area and have it be the minor league team for Pittsburgh's AFL team just like the Pittsburgh Penguins have their minor league team out here in Wilkes-Barre.

supa_fly_steeler
02-20-2010, 07:56 PM
well lets play ball and crush those cleveland scumbags then.

id be awesome to watch them on espn america

NEPAsteeler
02-20-2010, 08:01 PM
well lets play ball and crush those cleveland scumbags then.

id be awesome to watch them on espn america

The AFL signed a deal to have a "Game of the Week" aired on the NFL Network on friday nights each week of the season (April through the championship game ArenaBowl in August)

NEPAsteeler
02-20-2010, 08:02 PM
If anyone wants more info on the "new" Arena Football League, a great site to check out would be www.aflfanzone.com.

supa_fly_steeler
02-20-2010, 08:14 PM
They better have cool uniforms if this happens and im talking about more black and gold.

SteelCityMan786
02-20-2010, 11:24 PM
They better have cool uniforms if this happens and im talking about more black and gold.

As long as they're Black and Gold, they're guaranteed to last.

NEPAsteeler
02-21-2010, 12:29 AM
What should the new team be called?

My vote is the Steel Warriors. :helmet:

supa_fly_steeler
02-21-2010, 08:24 AM
What should the new team be called?

My vote is the Steel Warriors. :helmet:
i would have to say the pittsburgh les terminators

AllD
02-21-2010, 08:29 AM
Monongahela Marauders

supa_fly_steeler
02-21-2010, 09:04 AM
Pittsburgh Allagheny Steel Construction Workers inc