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 Will Birmingham join the American Football League?

 
  

October 2010

  
         
    A proposed football league named the American Football League indicates it has intentions of placing a franchise in Birmingham. All teams will be league owned and operated.

Apparently the team was to be named the "Blazers"  but the league has announced they will be renaming the franchise after learning that the University of Alabama at Birmingham teams are named the Blazers.

The AFL hopes to begin play in the fall of 2011 with 16 teams across the country.

  
         
  

November 2010

  
         
      Birmingham Yellowhammers logoThe American Football League announces the local franchise will be named the Birmingham Yellowhammers. Colors will be yellow and black with red as an accent color.

Yellowhammers uniform

  
         
  

April 2011

  
         
    Joe Faber, the American Football League's founder and Commissioner, announces that they are postponing their inaugural season to the fall of 2012. The primary reasons given were the lack of a television contract and a major sponsor.   
         
  

August 2011

  
         
    Faber says he has talked to Melvin Miller of the Birmingham Park and Recreation Board about using Legion Field. The league wants to play in venues of 35,000 or more, which would rule out Regions Park or Lawson Field. "This is a big-time professional league," Faber said.

"Our league's 'break-even-point' is currently projected at 18,500 per game and we are setting a goal of 25,000 fans per game in the 2012 season," Faber said.

Plans are for the season to run from August through January. Four pre-season games are planned during August and post-season play is scheduled for January. Games could be played on Friday, Saturday and Monday nights while some will be played on Sunday afternoons.

The teams would be owned by the league and each would have their own president and general manager. The league says this corporate design, utilizing stock shares in the league, allows it to avoid bad ownership problems, centralize operations and shift profits, losses and other burdens in a more fluid manner.

The league plans to have 16 teams divided into four divisions. The Eastern Division has teams in Miami, New York, Providence and Washington, DC. The Central Division has teams in Chicago, Columbus, Milwaukee and St. Louis. The Southern Division has teams in Birmingham, Louisville, Memphis and New Orleans. The Western Division has teams in Dallas, Los Angeles, Tulsa and Salt Lake City.

Ticket prices are expected to be around $25.

  
         
  

September 2011

  
         
    Faber releases a press release announcing the end of the American Football League:
 
We wish to announce that the American Football League has come to the conclusion that the launching of a new major professional league is not viable at this time.

The ongoing economic situation precludes the necessary sponsorship money and television interest to make such a venture possible. It is with great sadness therefore that we must cease operations and begin dismantling the league.

We would like to thank all of you who had followed this great adventure and wish you all Godsí speed and blessings.

  
         
 
 

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Last Update: September 13, 2011