Washington DC gets an AFL team

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Washington DC gets an AFL team

Post by Fran » Fri Mar 11, 2016 12:12 am

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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."

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Post by toad455 » Fri Mar 11, 2016 1:28 am

unless an new owner is found for Portland, they're basically just replacing Portland in 2017. Maybe the league will get lucky and also get San Antonio for 2017.

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Post by preeths » Fri Mar 11, 2016 1:30 am

Maybe, but at worst that's a pretty good replacement: NBA ownership instead of a league-owned team. This looks like a much-needed win for the AFL.

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Post by Sam Hill » Fri Mar 11, 2016 9:08 pm

You'd make that trade.

They need a couple more wins, but this is a good step for them. I still think it's not a GREAT deal for Leonsis, but maybe he got a sweetheart deal. And he gets programming for his network.
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When will the name be revealex

Post by Scottmoney » Mon Apr 25, 2016 9:45 pm

When will the name of the Washington arena football team be revealed?

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