Players for the Pittsburgh Power reportedly got the news during their pre-game meal Friday: they were all fired mere hours before the season kickoff against the Orlando Predators.
for the Predators were also fired, as the league took preemptive action
to the threat of a strike by the AFL players union.
Current Pittsburgh Power kicker Taylor Rowan, confirmed the news on his Facebook wall:
POWER OWNER JUST CAME IN AND FIRED EVERY PLAYER DURING PREGAME MEAL!
THEY THOUGHT WE WERE GONNA STRIKE! AFL players union... you know what to
do! Good luck AFL! Fans I hope you have our back!"
Bright House Sports Network in Central Florida reported
the league's opening game at the Amway Center, which was scheduled to
start at 5:30 p.m. on NFL Network, would go on with replacement players.
The players union officially went on strike at 3 p.m. (ET), two-and-a-half hours before kickoff.
AFL players union is asking the league for more money for its players.
Currently, the players make $400 per game, with an added $50 if they
win. The union asked for $1,000 per game, but reportedly was willing to
The league has kept silent during the negotiation. Most front offices released the following statement Friday:
Arena Football League is choosing not to discuss labor matters publicly
at this time in the hopes that we can come to an accord with the union.
We will continue delivering the same exciting brand of football action
that we have for the last 24 seasons and we hope that the union allows
the players to do the same."