The good news is that the Arena Football League--the indoor, eight-on-eight, March-May indoor variety--will be hitting these shores. We'll have our own honest- to-goodness U.S. sports franchise in Japan. [...]
Now the bad news. We won't have an AFL team until 2007. And we'll have to sit through an all-Japanese AF2 (the AFL's minor league) developmental league in 2006.
But at least those six AF2 outfits will play more games in 10 weeks than an X-League club plays in a whole year. Then, after one year, the best of the Japanese AF2 players will comprise our AFL entry.
..ummm... this is the first i have heard of Japan getting an AFL team. But I will be keeping a very close eye on this. Crazy, fun stuff. ^_^