August 5, 2009
When it comes to football, it’s a tough challenge taking on the NFL. Football fans seem satisfied with the big-name teams that have been packing stadiums for decades, and efforts to bring new leagues and new versions of the sport to the masses have been mostly unsuccessful.
Jon Bon Jovi, best known as frontman for the classic rock group that bears his name, was also very involved in the latest failed effort to keep fans interested in another football league. Arena football appears to be headed for extinction, much like the ill-fated USFL and XFL leagues of the past.
Bon Jovi was a majority owner of AFL team the Philadelphia Soul, but at least he can say he had a good run, since his team currently holds the distinction of being the league champions.
The AFL has already suspended its 2009 season and is almost certainly going out of business, but it did manage to last for about 20 years or so, which is not bad compared to the three seasons the USFL played and the one season that wrestling mogul Vince McMahon’s XFL team played.
Although Bon Jovi had a good run with the Philadelphia Soul, he’s probably pretty disappointed to see the whole thing come crashing down. I suppose he can always fall back on that rock star gig.