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Reports: AFL to call off '09 season, reorganize for 2010 return

Updated: December 15, 2008, 1:07 PM ET
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The Arena Football League will shut down for 2009 but plans to reorganize and return in 2010, The Cleveland Plain Dealer and The New York Times have reported.

"I think it's a historic day for the league," the owner and chief executive of the Cleveland Gladiators, James L. Ferraro, told The Times in a telephone interview Sunday night. "I think this league will be much, much stronger, and it will be here for a long time because of what happened."

Citing a league source, The Plain Dealer ...

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