2014 Arena Football League season

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2014 Arena Football League season
League Arena Football League
Sport arena football
Duration March 14, 2014 – July 26, 2014
Regular season
League postseason
ArenaBowl XXVII
AFL seasons
2015 →

The 2014 Arena Football League season is the twenty-seventh season in the history of the league. The regular season began on March 14, 2014 and will end on July 26, 2014.

League business[edit]

Teams[edit]

The city of Anaheim, California was awarded an expansion team on August 15, 2013. The team, named the Los Angeles Kiss, is the first AFL team to call Los Angeles home since the Los Angeles Avengers in 2008. Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, members of the rock band Kiss, are the owners of the expansion franchise.[1]

Two teams that competed in 2013 suspended operations, (Chicago Rush & Utah Blaze) and their rosters were dispersed throughout the league during a dispersal draft on September 6, 2013.[2]

The Milwaukee Mustangs sold their league membership to Terry Emmert, who then started a new franchise in Portland, Oregon named the Portland Thunder.[3]

Television[edit]

On December 17, 2013 it was announced that ESPN had agreed to a multi-year deal in televising several games, including the ArenaBowl. Additionally, at least 75 games during the season are to be aired on ESPN3, the network's online streaming service. ESPN had previously aired games as recent as the 2008 season, prior to the league's hiatus that resulted in the canceled 2009 season.[4]

Realignment[edit]

With teams expanding, relocating and suspending operations, the AFL announced the divisional alignment for 2014 on October 29, 2013. The two conferences will have an even number of teams, and will be placed in two divisions.[5]

Conference Division Teams
American East Cleveland Gladiators, Iowa Barnstormers, Philadelphia Soul, Pittsburgh Power
South Jacksonville Sharks, New Orleans VooDoo, Orlando Predators, Tampa Bay Storm
National Pacific Portland Thunder, San Jose SaberCats, Spokane Shock
West Arizona Rattlers, Los Angeles Kiss, San Antonio Talons

Regular season standings[edit]

Through games played in week 17.[6][7]

Eight teams qualify for the playoffs: four teams from each conference, of which two are division champions and the other two have the best records of the teams remaining.[8]

  • Green indicates clinched playoff berth
  • Blue indicates division champion
  • Gray indicates division champion and conference's best record

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Arena Football League, KISS Bring Pro Football Back to Los Angeles". Arena Football League. August 15, 2013. Retrieved October 30, 2013. 
  2. ^ Richard Obert (September 7, 2013). "Rattlers bolster pass rush with addition of Alex Magee in dispersal draft Friday". www.azcentral.com. azcentral.com. Retrieved September 9, 2013. 
  3. ^ Don Walker (October 2, 2013). "Milwaukee Mustangs bound for Portland". www.jsonline.com. Journal Sentinel, Inc. Retrieved October 30, 2013. 
  4. ^ "ESPN Acquires Rights to Arena Football Starting in 2014". arenafootball.com. Arena Football League. December 17, 2013. Retrieved December 18, 2013. 
  5. ^ "With Rush gone, AFL sets realignment for 2014 season". www.dailyherald.com. Paddock Publications, Inc. October 29, 2013. Retrieved October 30, 2013. 
  6. ^ "League Standings". Arenafootball.com. Arena Football League. Retrieved March 16, 2014. 
  7. ^ "2014 Arena Football League Standings". Arenafan.com. ArenaFan. Retrieved March 16, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Playoff Qualification, Selection of Teams". Arenafootball.com. Retrieved February 21, 2014.