It looks like yet another football league will be going under.
According to a report from the Albany Times Union, all five of the league’s franchises are suspending local business operations and the league itself is determining whether to suspend operations completely.
Players, coaches and front-office staff were all informed on Tuesday.
“We haven’t made a decision on whether to completely suspend operations,” Randall Boe, the league’s commissioner since 2018, told the Times Union. “That’s a decision that will probably be made in the next several weeks. We do know, under any set of circumstances, we will not be continuing to operate business operation units in our local markets. We will be closing those business operations in our local markets, including Albany.”
The Arena Football League has existed since 1987, which excludes a suspension of operations in 2009 because of financial issues.
The league had just four teams playing in 2018, but would go on to expand to six for much of the recent season and hoped to continue that growth. Now the future of the league is at stake.