In a major step in a plan to rebuild the Arena Football League brand, Commissioner Scott C. Butera announced today that the League has awarded a team to Washington, D.C. based Monumental Sports & Entertainment (MSE). The deal means a return of the indoor game to the Nation's Capital beginning with the 2017 season.
The sale means that MSE, led by majority owner Ted Leonsis, owner of Washington's NBA Wizards and NHL Capitals, will become a member of the AFL owner group. The new team will play in the Verizon Center and will have its games carried on Monumental Sports Network, which MSE is re-launching this week, as well as ESPN and CBS Sports Network.
"Having MSE and Mr. Leonsis join our ranks is a Monumental development for the AFL," Butera said. "It adds tremendous value to our League and it is an indication that our plan to rebrand the indoor game is headed in the right direction."