AAL Assesses Expansion Opportunities
April 25, 2019 - American Arena League (AAL) News Release
The American Arena League has already been in discussions with leagues and additional teams for the 2020 season. AAL CEO, Tony Zefiretto shared, "Over the last two years, many teams and leagues have requested to join forces with the American Arena League. Just last year we entertained approximately 50 teams and a few leagues too. That included teams and leagues from Mexico and Canada. For a variety of reason, they just were not the right fit."
Tony Zefiretto continued, "As we continue to expand, we have to be sure to partner with quality ownership groups. We definitely already have some in place and we are in discussions with multiple more. Often, the mistake of evaluating teams is solely based on their won-loss records. At times, that could be an accurate assessment. Evaluating a team and/or its ownership group is a multi-year process.
Look at the NHL playoffs, all of the top seeded teams have lost in the first round. Just a few weeks ago, questions were raised about the lower seeded teams competing. It has been said many times, that's why you play the game. In every sport, the on field success of a team changes from year to year. Although some of our AAL teams have continually enjoyed success, it is the league's expectation to have competitive teams."
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