Avengers become latest AFL casualty

Updated: April 20, 2009, 1:06 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

Football fans in Los Angeles have only the college game to hang their hat on after the Arena Football League's Avengers folded Sunday.

Four months after the league canceled its 2009 season for a lack of funding, the 9-year-old Avengers joined the New Orleans VooDoo, which ended operations in October, leaving the league with 15 teams.

"It's disappointing, because I don't think it was necessary to get to this point," team owner Casey Wasserman said, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Wasserman notified acting commissioner Jim Renacci on Saturday in an e-mail, the newspaper reported. Renacci owns the Columbus Destroyers.

On Monday morning, the team's Web site had been dismantled and featured only an Avengers logo and a statement.

"The LA Avengers has terminated its participation in the Arena Football League," the site said. "The entire Avengers organization extends heartfelt thanks to the fans who cheered on their team, it was their faithful support that kept the Avengers vibrant and energized for nearly a decade."

AFL players and management reached a new collective bargaining agreement last month with hopes toward restarting play next year.

Both the players' union and the league's board must ratify the deal, which would cover four seasons from 2010 through 2013.

Previous acting commissioner Ed Policy stepped down in March, eight months after 12-year commissioner David Baker surprisingly resigned in July.

"The fans in L.A. have been passionate and supportive of professional football, and I hope one day we can all share in the excitement of its return to Los Angeles," Wasserman said, according to the Times.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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