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On  Friday,  April  7,  2017,  Arena  Football’s  30th  Anniversary  Season  begins!!!!

The  new  Baltimore  Brigade  will  face  the  new  Washington  Valor  at  The  Verizon  Center  in  Washington,  D.C.  at  7PM  ET/6PM  CT/5PM  MT/4PM  PT  on  the  CBS  Sports  Network.

This  season,  the  CBS  Sports  Network  will  air  18  regular  season   games and  one  semifinal  game.  There’s  no  word  on  the  ArenaBowl  broadcast  at  this  time.

The  league  this  year  only  has  five  teams:  The  Cleveland  Gladiators, The  Philadelphia  Soul,  The  Tampa  Bay  Storm  and  the  debuting  Washington  Valor  and  Baltimore  Brigade.  This  year  marks  28  years  since  Washington,  D.C.  has  had  an  Arena  Football  franchise  since  the  disbanding  of  the  Washington  Commandos  after  the  1989  season.

Here  are  where  former  Arena  Football  franchises  are  now:

1.  Arizona  Rattlers:  The  five-time  ArenaBowl  Champions  are  now  with  the  Indoor  Football  League  (IFL)  as  members  of  the  Intense  Conference.

2.  Iowa  Barnstormers:  The  three-time  Conference  Champions  joined  the  IFL  in  2015.

3.  San  Jose  SaberCats:  The  four-time  ArenaBowl  Champions  disbanded  after  the  2015  season  due  to  non-football  related  reasons.

4.  Portland  Steel/Thunder:  The  league  folded  the  franchise  in  October  of  last  year  and  placed  its  players  in  a  dispersal  draft  afterwards.

5.  L.A.  KISS:  The  roster  was  liquidated  in  October  of  last  year.

6.  Pittsburgh  Power:  In  spite  of  a  banner  15-3  season  in  2014,  the  owners  ceased  operations.

7.  San  Antonio  Talons:  In  October  2014,  the  league  announced  that  the  team  would  not  return  for  the  2015  season  and  have  remained  dormant.

8.  Georgia  Force:  At  the  end  of  the  2012  season,  the  franchise  disbanded  due  to  Atlanta,  Georgia  not  responding  to  the  team’s  aggressive  marketing  campaign.  Team  President  Corey  Remillard  concluded  by  saying  “Atlanta  is  simply  not  a  football  town”.

9.  Spokane  Shock:  In  2016,  the  team  moved  to  the  IFL  and  are  now  the  Spokane  Empire.  Arena  Football  owns  the  rights  and  trademarks  to  the  Spokane  Shock  name.

10.  Jacksonville  Sharks:  After  last  season,  they  joined  the  National  Arena  League  (NAL),  formerly  know  as  the  Arena  Developmental  League  (ADL).  They  joined  after  the  IFL  rejected  them.

11.  Kansas  City  Command:  The  owners  shut  down  the  team  after  the  2012  season.

12.  Milwaukee  Mustangs:  After  the  2012  season,  the  team  went  dormant  for  the  2013  season.  The  next  year,  they  moved  to  Portland,  Oregon  to  become  the  Steel/Thunder.

13.  Orlando  Predators:  In  October  of  last  year,  the  team  announced  that  they  had  suspended  operations  due  to  the  reduced  number  of  the  teams,  and  other  pending  disagreements  in  the  league.

For  more  information,  please  visit  ArenaFootball.com.  Thank  you.

Source  Credit:  Wikipedia.