, Jim Foster, a promotions manager with the National Football League, conceived of indoor football while watching an indoor soccer match at Madison Square Garden in 1981. The Empire is now part of the NAL, which currently consists of nine teams.  Regular season CBSSN broadcast games are usually on Saturday nights. The sport was invented in the early 1980s and patented by Jim Foster, a former executive of the United States Football League (USFL) and the NFL. In 1983, he began organizing the test game in his spare time from his job with the Blitz. The International Arena Football League is a professional indoor football league founded in 2018 by Austin Wild owner Kevin Clay. While many sports commentators and fans continued to ridicule the league, Warner's story gave the league positive exposure, and it brought the league a new television deal with TNN, which, unlike ESPN, televised regular season games live.  The assets were awarded to Arena Football 1 on December 7, 2009, with a winning bid of $6.1 million.. Jerry Kurz also stepped down as commissioner of the AFL as he was promoted to be the AFL's first president. Coaching challenges: Coaches are allowed two challenges per game; to do so, they must throw the red challenge flag before the next play. Among those four teams, they won 14 of 22 ArenaBowls in that time span and appeared in all but two. Arena Pro Football and the Can-Am Indoor Football League, Joined as a affiliated travelling team in 2018, full member in 2019. 2019. The original plans were to establish a six-team league that would play a 10-week schedule that was slated to start in October 2014. 2004-2007. Once the labor issues were resolved, the NFL Network resumed the practice of broadcasting a live Friday night game. There were also several rule changes in this period. since 2008. The APF played its first game on March 10, 2017, between the Alabama Outlawz and Florida Tarpons, which Florida won, 42–18.  Less than a month prior to the start of the 2019 season, the High Country Grizzlies ceased operations and the Chicago Aztecs withdrew for the season reducing the league to 13 teams.  Following delays, the league began its first full season in 2016; however, subsequent play was postponed until a heavily abbreviated tournament was played in 2019. “We would like to thank the National Arena League, its owners, and the city of Albany for their patience and dedication. Carolina Predators. , On November 12, the league announced the defending champion San Jose SaberCats would be ceasing operations due to "reasons unrelated to league operations". Rob Keefe will be the head coach of the Albany Empire when the team begins National Arena League play in April 2021. Italics represent travel-only teams. Multiple overtime periods will be played if needed in case of a tie and play continues in true. , After the season, league commissioner Randall Boe announced the closure of all six of the league's teams. It had no physical location and existed solely as a list of players and contributors maintained by the league itself. This deal included television rights for the ESPN family of networks. However, by August 28, Fornario had rebranded the new league as Professional Arena Football (PAF) with multiple divisions, Northern Arena Football and Southern Arena Football, and the Roughriders were announced as part of Professional Arena Football on August 30, leaving the AAL.. 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