Arena Football

       === Arena Football League commissioner Kurz to return in 2011 ===
 Tulsa,  OK (Sports Network) - Arena Football League commissioner Jerry B. Kurz
 had his contract extended Tuesday and will return for the 2011 season.
 "I  couldn't be  more pleased to continue  to lead the resurgence of the Arena
 Football  League," Kurz  said.  "I have  watched the  AFL  flourish since  its
 inception,  and this  is a  great time  for the  Arena Football  League. I  am
 honored to have the support of the ownership group."
 Kurz  has been  involved  with Arena  Football for  24  years, including  five
 seasons  with  the af2 league.  He also served as  the AFL's vice president of
 international development from 1998-2008.
 In  2011, the  league will introduce four new franchises, several of which had
 participated in the former AFL before its folding after the 2008 season.
 Included in that quartet will be the Philadelphia Soul, who were the ArenaBowl
 winners before the league folded. Other franchises will be located in San Jose
 --  the team which lost to the Soul in that ArenaBowl -- Pittsburgh and Kansas
 "I  am  thrilled with these four  additional franchises and truly believe they
 will  be  a great  fit with our  revamped business model,"  Kurz said. "I look
 forward  to  the next season  of Arena Football  and the other exciting growth
 opportunities we expect to see in the coming months."
 08/31 20:40:28 ET

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