Tonight: Tampa Bay Storm at Tulsa Talons
Storm at Talons
When/where: 8; BOK Center, Tulsa, Okla.
After a one-year hiatus, the Arena Football League returned Friday with games in Iowa and Spokane, Wash. The rules are the same, but among the changes:
• The league will own all of the teams with groups or individuals buying into them.
• Individual salaries haven't been disclosed. But they will be far less than the minimum of $1,800 per game in 2008.
• Six teams — Arizona, Chicago, Cleveland, Orlando, Tampa Bay and Utah — return. Seven teams — Alabama, Bossier-Shreveport (La.), Iowa, Milwaukee, Oklahoma City, Spokane (Wash.) and Tulsa (Okla.) — come from arenafootball2, which did not shut down. Dallas returns under new management, and Jacksonville is a new market.
• The NFL Network will air games on Fridays.