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Refs feel loss of honing skills in AFL

Updated: August 5, 2009, 7:05 PM ET
Associated Press

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- It's not just players such as Kurt Warner who used the Arena Football League as a steppingstone to the NFL. The indoor circuit also was a training ground for many referees on their way up, and a place for them to keep their skills sharp in the offseason after they got there.

The Arena League shut down this week, giving up after a year on the sidelines when it couldn't figure out a way to make money.

Players and executives throughout football lamented the demise ...

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