Before he was an NFL MVP, Kurt Warner, with no NFL team to sign with, played for the Iowa Barnstormers in the Arena Football League for three seasons. He finally reached the NFL in 1998 and won Super Bowl XXXIV and multiple MVP awards. The Arena Football League announced this week that it will shut down, just as the new kid on the block, the United Football League, announced its upcoming schedule for its very first season. From the USFL, to the World Football League, to the XFL, and now, the Arena Football League, leagues have been unable to escape the shadow of the NFL. Does the UFL have a fighting chance? Joining us to talk about that and other news in sports is The Takeaway’s sports contributor, Ibrahim Abdul-Matin.
For more from Ibrahim, check out his blog post Baseball Rivalries Live; Football Leagues Die.