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ARENA FOOTBALL EXPANSION, NBA/NHL PARTNERSHIPS A PRIORITY
Published June 1, 1995
The Arena Football League plans to expand from 13 to 16 teams for the '96 season, according to Commissioner Jim Drucker. The cost of the league's next three teams will be $1M, $1.25M, and $1.5M. Drucker says one focus will be to bring additional NBA and NHL owners into the AFL. Teams in Arizona and St. Louis are owned by the Suns and Blues, respectively. Drucker says the league has had meetings with nine NBA and NHL teams: "NBA and NFL owners know sports marketing, know how to reach corporate sponsors and local TV executives and they know how to attract fans" (AFL).