FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
AFL COACHES’ MEETINGS COME TO A CLOSE
CHICAGO – Arena Football League head coaches met in Elk Grove, Illinois on Monday and Tuesday to discuss the upcoming 2013 season.
Among the items discussed were player transaction procedures, the change to a five-man officiating crew, the defensive offsides rule and the five-year collective bargaining agreement. The League also put each head coach’s knowledge of AFL rules to the test by giving them each an officiating exam.
“We talked about insurance, payroll, possible rule changes and player transactions so that we are prepared when free agency starts in a few weeks,” Chicago Rush Head Coach Bob McMillen said.
The AFL’s exclusive period will begin on Monday, October 15. At that time, players will be able to sign contracts to remain with their 2012 teams. On Monday, October 29, the exclusive period will end and all uncontracted players will become unrestricted free agents with the ability to sign with any AFL team.
“This was a very informative meeting,” Orlando Predators Head Coach Doug Plank said. “It provided coaches, owners and general managers that attended a better understanding of how the whole League works together.”
One of the more spirited debates revolved around the use of live microphones during television broadcasts. It continues to be supported as a practice, but there was a bit of concern about language in the bench area.
“Some of our coaches can use colorful language when performing their very intense jobs,” AFL Vice President of Broadcast, Communications, and Branding, Anthony Herron, said. “There’s a fine line we try to walk between giving the best access in sports television and letting viewers too far behind the velvet rope.”
The meetings concluded Tuesday evening when all coaches and team personnel headed back home to continue planning for the 2013 season.