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Tri-Cities Fever in Arena Football 1

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TULSA - Arena Football 1 was officially introduced Monday afternoon at a press conference held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Tulsa, Okla. The league will begin play in March 2010 at the highest level of indoor football in the world.

The new league will incorporate various teams from the dormant Arena Football League, arenafootball2 and other indoor leagues and will feature a minimum of 16 member teams participating in the 2010 season of play. To date a total of 24 teams have submitted applications for membership, although additional locations and markets will receive consideration for inclusion through Friday, October 9th, 2009. A final roster of markets/teams and alignment for the inaugural season will be announced in mid October.

The initial sixteen teams and their respective markets are: Arizona, Arkansas, Bossier-Shreveport, Central Valley (Fresno, California), Chicago, Iowa, Jacksonville, Kentucky, Milwaukee, Oklahoma City, Orlando, Spokane, Tennessee Valley (Alabama), Tri-Cities Washington, Tulsa, Utah (Salt Lake City). Additional teams will be announced by October 9th.

The creation of the league will ensure the continuation of the game invented by Jim Foster, when he created the game on the back of a manila envelope back in 1981. Like the AFL, it will feature fast-paced, high scoring action and an unsurpassed fan experience.

In addition, long serving arena football executive Jerry Kurz was introduced as Commissioner of the new league. Kurz remarked: "I am extremely pleased and honored to have been asked to help lead Arena Football 1, which is designed by ownership and highly dedicated to delivering the best arena football has to offer while serving as active, valued and integral members of their respective communities."

Arena Football 1 will be headquartered in Tulsa. Additional structural and organizational details involving league scheduling, rules and regulations will be determined in the weeks ahead, with specifics made available once finalized.

"Having been involved in the launch of both the Arena Football League and the arenafootball2, our new structure will utilize the best aspects of both leagues," said Kurz. "The time, effort and thought process expended to create and launch Arena Football 1 has been impressive, and we expect arena football fans both across the country and internationally to be extremely pleased with our new product."