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Adieu, Rush: Arena League Folds

By Marcus Gilmer in News on Aug 4, 2009 2:00PM

2009_08_04_afl.jpg While league officials have not publicly made the announcement, sources are reporting that the Arena Football League - including the Chicago Rush - is folding up shop after 22 years. The league suspended operations for the 2009 season in order to save money and attempt a comeback in 2010, but it looks like that comeback will never happen. Brett Bouchy, majority owner of the Arizona Rattlers, told the Orlando Sentinel about the news, adding, "I am as shocked as anyone. If you had asked me 90 days ago, I would have told you there was a 98 percent chance that the league would be back and playing in 2010. I am so upset. I have dedicated 12 years of my life to arena football and it's a shame to see it slip away." The league's website hasn't been updated since a late-April story claiming the 2010 season would be a-go. Sources said the league is expected to make the announcement sometime this week. [Tribune]