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I don't follow arena football but as I was scrolling thru channels last night, I came across the Arena Football League Championship game on ESPN2.  Saw the Albany Empire win the ship for 1st time in 20 years at the TUC.   For you CD residents, is this a big deal in the city with frequent sell-outs?  Seems like the QB Grady and WR Jones were stars all season.  Maybe my Giants could pick up Jones since thin at WR, lol.

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I followed them prior to their start, when they unveiled their jerseys, logos, etc. but honestly haven't been to a single game (and you know how much I love football). The biggest thing is that the league has like 6 teams lol. To me that is like zero competition. That's what killed the hype for me.

But anyway, I did see that there was a block party and stuff by the arena cause they had people on the news talking about how big of a deal this is for downtown but don't know if it was as big as when the Firebirds were around, etc.

EDIT: I went looking...based on this link (http://www.arenafan.com/statistics/?page=attendance), surprisingly Albany was the team that had the highest attendance (average of 10k). Maybe I should reconsider for next year.

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It's big in the local sports media. because other than short-season A-ball baseball there's not much to cover locally.in the summer.  Attendance at the championship game barely topped 12K, about 3K below capacity

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The league is a total SHAM. Philly and Albany who played for the championship are owned by the same people. Even have the same GM and players are basically assigned to one team or the other before the season. Last year there were only four teams; expanded to 6 this year with I believe another of the original four bought a second franchise. Went to one game last year (none this year). Thought the league was a joke 20 years ago and am even more so convinced  now!

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I just can't get into it but who am I to tell 10k people what to do with their time and money. Hope it grows from here and maybe things get better with more teams etc. Good for them getting that on ESPN2. 

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56 minutes ago, dslyank said:

The league is a total SHAM. Philly and Albany who played for the championship are owned by the same people. Even have the same GM and players are basically assigned to one team or the other before the season. Last year there were only four teams; expanded to 6 this year with I believe another of the original four bought a second franchise. Went to one game last year (none this year). Thought the league was a joke 20 years ago and am even more so convinced  now!

Well, that's the nail in the coffin for me considering it for next year. Lack of teams/competition is bad...but the whole sharing GMs thing, etc.? Joke.

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So basic googling...it's true, both are owned by Trifecta Sports and Entertainment...

Soul's GM is Beau Bell and Empire have a President John Adams although rumors are he'll step down soon because of extreme old age...and I mean EXTREMELY OLD!

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P.S. Trifecta Sports and Entertainment apparently own a third team, the Atlantic City Blackjacks. LOL...what? half the teams are owned by one group?

 

Come on...

 

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Average attendance also declining...this thing won't survive. There's actually a 7th team apparently Cleveland Gladiators but they are on "hiatus" for 2018 and 2019 seasons because of arena renovations. I'm serious! They took a break!

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Announcers kept referring to the venue as "transfinder field".  Is it called that for all events? or just arena football?  TU really didn't get much bang for its naming rights buck last night.

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5 hours ago, statefan said:

Announcers kept referring to the venue as "transfinder field".  Is it called that for all events? or just arena football?  TU really didn't get much bang for its naming rights buck last night.

Just the field pretty sure. I used to work for Transfinder. They ain't got that kinda pull to get full arena-wide naming rights.

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