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Arena Football League to shutdown operations until settlement with insurance carrier can be worked out

October 29, 2019




Earlier today, the Arena Football League was forced to make the difficult, but necessary decision to close our team services and business operations units in our local markets.


These closures have resulted in the elimination of various staff positions, and is a direct consequence of the current financial constraints facing the AFL, which include extensive legacy liabilities and a recent multimillion-dollar litigation filed against the League by an insurance carrier that provided coverage for the AFL between 2009 and 2012. Those liabilities, which are all related to prior League operations, severely constrain the League’s ability to expand and operate.


The financial challenges we are now dealing with do not, however, reflect the determined efforts of our current shareholders to maintain the viability of the AFL. Our shareholders have made significant investments to restructure and re-launch the AFL and make it successful. Additionally, they have continued to work actively with the League office to grow the sport in their respective markets. Every touchdown celebrated and every ArenaBowl trophy ever hoisted can be credited to their efforts and to our incredibly loyal and growing fanbase.


The AFL is innovative, brave and fun. Our teams push barriers and continually experiment with dynamic ways to engage fans, creating some of the most memorable live action sports experiences.


We would like to thank our employees for their tremendous service during their time with the AFL and we value the important role they played in being our front-line ambassadors for the sport.


Looking forward, the AFL will continue to push ahead with efforts to identify solutions to address the aforementioned financial constraints. We have not yet made the final determination that it will be necessary to suspend all League operations, but we expect that decision to be made within the next few weeks. Should we not be able to move forward, we will issue information about all applicable refunds at that time. We are exploring every possible avenue to continue bringing AFL football to our fans, including further evolutions to the current business model, and are engaging with prospective investors and supporters who are interested in seeing the League continue to grow.




Destroyers star WR Fabian Guerra named AFL’s 2019 Co-Rookie of the Year

Fabian Guerra (courtesy Columbus Destroyers)

PHILADELPHIA, PA – The Arena Football League announced today that wide receiver Fabian Guerra of the Columbus Destroyers and wide receiver Antwane Grant of the Atlantic City Blackjacks have both earned Rookie of the Year honors after strong rookie campaigns during the 2019 regular season.


Guerra proved to be an incredibly dynamic player this season, leading the league in all-purpose yards with 1,521. As a kick returner, Guerra also led the league in kick-return yards with 736 and tied for the most kick-return touchdowns with three. As a receiver, Guerra finished fourth in receiving yards per game, averaging 76.5, and ranked sixth in receiving touchdowns with 15. Guerra also delivered one of the best single-game performances of the season in the home opener against the Albany Empire in Week 4, totaling 290 all-purpose yards and delivering six touchdowns in a breakout performance. His 202 receiving yards that night set a new franchise single-game high, breaking the previous record of 190 receiving yards in a game.


Grant was one of the most dependable receivers all season, finishing second in receiving yards with 959, and ranking second in receiving yards per game with an average of 87.2. Grant also recorded six games with 100 or more receiving yards, which was good for second most in the league and finally also ranked sixth in all-purpose yards with 1,003. Grant tied with Guerra for sixth in touchdowns with 15.


Last Thursday, Guerra earned first team all-arena honors on special teams, while Grant earned second team all-arena honors at the wide receiver position. This is the first time in league history there will be co-Rookie of the Year recipients.


Previous Awards

Antwane Grant:

2019: Second Team All-Arena (WR); Rookie of the Year


Fabian Guerra:

2019: First Team All-Arena (ST); Rookie of the Year



The Arena Football League (AFL) enters its 32nd season in 2019. Since its inception in 1987, the AFL showcases a fast-paced, exciting game to a significant number of fans in a myriad of markets. With the addition of two new teams in Atlantic City, N.J., and Columbus, OH, the League totals six teams, all of which will play 12 regular-season games in2019: Albany, Atlantic City, Columbus, Baltimore, Philadelphia and Washington D.C. The League can be found on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook using the handle @OfficialAFL.


The Columbus Destroyers are members of the Arena Football League (AFL) and play at Nationwide Arena! Interested in purchasing season tickets for the 2020 season? Call (614) 228-5518 or visit to get your seats today! Be sure to follow the Destroyers on Twitter @AFLDestroyers, on Facebook at, and on Instagram @AFLDestroyers.




Destroyers DB Brandon Stephens named AFL’s Al Lucas Hero Award winner



PHILADELPHIA, PA – The Arena Football League announced recently that Columbus Destroyers defensive back Brandon Stephens has been named the Al Lucas Hero Award winner for the 2019 season.


The Al Lucas Hero Award is presented annually to the player who makes the most significant contribution to both his community and the game of Arena Football. The award was created in honor of Al Lucas, the late Los Angeles Avengers lineman to who believed in both giving back to his community and growing the AFL.

Brandon Stephens (courtesy Miami Ohio)


Stephens, a 5’11”, 205 lb. native of Strongsville, Ohio, not only works tirelessly on the field but was beyond generous with his time off the field throughout the 2019 season. Brandon has been very active in getting out in the Columbus community, including making frequent visits to schools, day cares, summer camps, or youth football practices, where he speaks to kids and athletes about his experience in the world of professional football, how to be healthy and stay active, and the importance of excelling in school and earning an education.


Brandon has also graciously volunteered and spent quality time with kids at the Ronald McDonald House of Central Ohio and has helped serve food to the homeless at the Community Shelter Board in downtown Columbus.


In addition to all the aforementioned hard work that Brandon has put in, he has also participated in many other charitable events in downtown Columbus, where he has networked and served as a spokesman for not only the Destroyers, but for the Arena Football League as a whole.

Past Al Lucas Hero Award Winners

Year Player Team

2019 Brandon Stephens Columbus

2018 Tracy Belton Washington

2017 The Jason Foundation

2016 Collin Taylor Cleveland

2015 David Hyland San Jose

2014 J.J. Raterink Los Angeles

2013 Nick Davila Arizona

2012 John Dutton Cleveland

2011 Kenny McEntyre Orlando

2008 Mike Brown Philadelphia

2007 John Dutton Colorado

2006 Kenny McEntyre Orlando

2002 Chuck Winters Detroit

2001 James Baron Nashville

2000 Michael Baker Grand Rapids

1999 Latish Kinsler New Jersey




Arena Football League entering Week 14, 2019 Playoffs



Following the final weekend of the 2019 season, the 2019 playoff matchups and schedules are set. The playoffs will take place over two weekends: July 27-28, and August 3-4. Further information about AFL playoff matchups and structure can be found here.


The #1 seed Albany Empire (10-2) will host the #4 seed Baltimore Brigade (7-5) during the first weekend of the home-and-home series, on July 27 at Times Union Center in Albany, NY. The #2 seed Washington Valor (7-5) will host the Philadelphia Soul in the first weekend of the home-and-home series, on July 28 at Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C.

Seeds: Albany Empire (#1), Washington Valor (#2), Philadelphia Soul (#3), Baltimore Brigade (#4)

ArenaBowl 32 will be played on Sunday, August 11 at 8pm (ET), and will be broadcast nationally on ESPN2.




The AFL revealed the logo for ArenaBowl 32, which reflects the modernization that was a key element in the League’s newly designed logo. With this idea in mind, the League and Commissioner Boe decided to make the change from roman numerals to numerical digits, beginning with ArenaBowl 32.


The logo includes six stars, to represent the six teams, that make up the Arena Football League. The ArenaBowl 32 logo incorporates elements of the AFL’s main logo, and also includes elements from the League’s redesigned official game football, tying together the excitement of a new era of Arena Football.



Arena Football League 2019 Final regular season standings

2019 Standings

Team W-L Percent PF PA Home Away Streak
y-Albany Empire 10-2 .833 620 474 5-1 5-1 W 2
x -Washington Valor 7-5 .583 538 552 4-2 3-3 W 2
x-Philadelphia Soul 7-5 .583 523 530 4-2 3-3 L 1
x -Baltimore Brigade 7-5 .583 500 439 4-2 3-3 W 1
Atlantic City Blackjacks 4-8 .333 518 550 3-3 1-5 L 2
Columbus Destroyers 1-11 .083 394 548 1-5 0-6 L 5

x – clinched playoff berth

y – clinched first seed


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