Dolphins Unveil Sun Life Stadium Renovations AFL Looking For Better '16 Season Portland Group Wants MLB Team Jim Buss Remains Optimistic About Lakers Leonsis Weighing Wizards Practice Facility Spots NFLPA Unveils T-Shirt Line Honoring FDNY NFL Reluctant On Long-Term "TNF" Deal Flacco Stars In Humorous Pepsi, Tostitos Ad DraftKings Inks Deals With Cowboys, Chiefs, Pats Judge Questions Goodell's Understanding Of CBA
SBD/1/Leagues Governing Bodies
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).