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ARENA FOOTBALL LEAGUE: WAS DRUCKER FORCED OUT?
Published August 27, 1996
In Tampa, Carter Gaddis reports Arena Football League sources say the Board of Directors "was unhappy" with Commissioner Jim Drucker's leadership "and forced him out." Drucker will get an expansion team. In other AFL news: The league is expected to open its Hall of Fame in Des Moines, IA, home of AFL Founder Jim Foster; the Memphis Pharaohs will move to Portland, OR, for '97; the St. Louis Stampede are said to be looking at Miami, and Connecticut and Charlotte are reportedly are eyeing New York (TAMPA TRIBUNE, 8/27). A group led by Target Center head Dana Warg has 90 days to make an offer to the Minnesota Fighting Pike, at an asking price of $700,000. Tom Scallen lost $400,000 leasing the Pike this year (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 8/27).