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Arena Ball Coming Back to Steel Town?

The Arena Football League could be returning to one of its charter cities. The Pittsburgh “Post-Gazette” reports that the league has been in talks with several potential ownership groups and owners about returning the sport to Pittsburgh once the new Downtown arena is built. The AFL is looking for a 20th franchise for the 2008 season, with Washington, DC and South Florida contending. Pittsburgh was one of four charter franchises when the AFL was formed in 1987 as the Pittsburgh Gladiators and hosted the first ever AFL game. The Gladiators re-located to Tampa, FL following the 1990 season and remain in operation as the Tampa Bay Storm.

Matt Loede has been in the sports media for over 16 years, with experience covering the MLB, NBA, and NFL. On Sunday’s during football season, you can hear Matt on national networks like Fox Sports Radio, Associated Press, and others. Born and raised in Cleveland Ohio, Matt studies and talks football inside and out, and is anxious to share his thoughts and comments with readers on a daily basis.

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