|Date of birth:||June 21, 1949|
|Place of birth:||London, England, U.K.|
|College:||University Of Oklahoma|
|af2 League President
Jerry B. Kurz (born June 21, 1949) is one of the founding members[clarification needed] of arena football, and part owner of Gridiron Enterprises. He currently serves as president of the Arena Football League, and had previously been the league commissioner for 5 seasons in the AFL.
Life prior to AF1
Kurz attended college and played football at the University of Oklahoma to earn his undergraduate degree. He also served as a Green Beret, serving his country admirably. He then went to Northern Illinois University to earn his Juris Doctor Degree. He and his wife Kathryn, both being licensed attorneys, operated their own law firm for 20 years together. Together the two have a son named Matthew Hall Kurz, who was a walk-on to the Indiana University football team from 2005-2010.
Kurz has worked with arena football for 28 years. He is the second-longest tenured employee of Arena football, only losing out to the creator of arena football, Jim Foster. As president of AF2, he helped the league expand in many small-to-mid-sized markets. This helped bring the Arena Football League back in 2010 after the 2009 season was canceled due to financial problems. Kurz has also worked as the league's Vice President of International Development. His main responsibility in this position was to carry out the H3 Visa Program. This allowed international players to play in the Arena Football League. Not only that, he was in charge of all internationally played Arena Football games, meaning that he had to arrange and execute all of them.
Formation of AF1
With the original Arena Football League folding after the 2008 postseason, after the 2009 af2 season Kurz and several Af2 ownership groups got together to figure out a plan for the following year. In September 2009, Kurz announced that there would be a new league forming that would be a single entity model, called "Arena Football 1" or simply, "AF1". He stated that several former AFL teams and current Af2 teams were in negotiations with the new league. Before long, several teams had joined the league from both the former AFL and the [at that time] current Af2.
Jerry Kurz is a member of the Arena Football Hall of Fame, and was inducted into the and the American Football Association's Hall of Fame and the Semi-Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1991.
AFL bankruptcy auction
In December 2009, the original AFL had gone into bankruptcy court for their previous claim of chapter 7 bankruptcy. The AF1 team owners had bought all assets of the former AFL for $6.1 million, this was to include all logos, trophies, field turf, dasher boards, and team names.
Name change from AF1 to AFL
Kurz announced at the end of 2009 that the AF1 would use the AFL name to re-brand the product. It was then discovered that the AF1 name was used as a business group to acquire all assets to once again, use the AFL name and assets legally.
With lack of small market teams committing to the af2 for the 2010 season, the league ceased operations, with possibility of restarting in 2013.
- birth ref at Company Director Check (UK) website
- Danny Ecker (September 16, 2014). "Arena Football League moves commissioner to new role". www.chicagobusiness.com. Crain Communications, Inc. Retrieved September 17, 2014.