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December 15, 2008 - Arena Football League (1987-2008) (AFL I) - Dallas Desperados News Release

IRVING, Texas - The Dallas Desperados released the following information in regards to the Arena Football League's suspension of the 2009 season.

"Our involvement with the Arena Football League was always geared toward promoting football on a year-round basis," said Dallas Cowboys and Dallas Desperados owner Jerry Jones. "Our experience with the Desperados has accomplished those goals and has been very positive. As we move forward we will explore all of the options that are available in regard to the future of the AFL and the Desperados."

The Arena Football League announced on Monday that the 2009 season would be suspended while the AFL's Board of Directors along with the Arena Football League Players Association work towards an agreement on developing a long-term plan for its economic model.

"It's been a tough decision that ultimately led to the suspension of the 2009 season," said Desperados Chief Operating Officer Shy Anderson. "We have a great business in Arena Football that we are looking to continue to build upon with a better model for the future, but during these difficult economic times, we felt this decision was most appropriate to solidify our business model.

"The Arena Football League's Board of Directors came to this decision unanimously and see it as a beginning point for an even more successful future. The plan at the league level, as well as here with the Dallas Desperados, is to roll up our sleeves up and work out a long-term business plan with an intent to play in the 2010 season."

Fans who have purchased 2009 Desperados season tickets or groups tickets can be expected to be personally contacted over the next two weeks by a Dallas Desperados ticket representative to explain the team's refund process and/or other options for reimbursement.

For more information, please call the Desperados ticket hotline at 972-785-4900.

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