Death. Taxes. Minor league indoor football teams folding before the season even starts.
That’s right folks, it’s that time of year and today the Glen Falls (NY) Gladiators of the newly formed American Arena League have closed up shop just two weeks before the start of the AAL season.
The news was confirmed on a Facebook group by two players who had been signed by the team, their names have been crossed out for privacy.
This news leaves the league with 12 teams for the upcoming season, and puts a weird wrench into the schedule for the upcoming season.
This is not the first time this has happened to AAL this offseason. About a month ago the Vermont Bucks announced they were folding, at which point the league announced the addition of the Peach State Cats to fill their schedule. It remains to be seen what the league will do to fill the 10 games that the Gladiators were scheduled to play, but they do have three affiliate teams listed on the league website that could be called up to play those games I suppose.
For what it’s worth, the AAL site still has all of the team’s info and schedule up, while the Gladiators’ Wikipedia page has been updated to say that the team has folded.
Both Glen Falls and Vermont were teams in the short-lived Can-Am League last year, with Vermont actually taking the Can-Am title last year, while Glen Falls was a traveling team used to round out the schedule.
Get excited folks, MINOR LEAGUE INDOOR FOOTBALL SEASON IS BACK!