The Arena Football League has completed the sale of the Chicago Rush to a new ownership group, led by Julee White of Testarossa Entertainment. The acquisition was finalized Monday, November 12, 2012.
Arena Football League is extremely pleased to welcome an ownership
group with such strong local ties and commitment to the Chicago
community," AFL Commissioner Jerry B. Kurz said. "This group brings
great passion and enthusiasm for our sport and will no doubt continue
the tradition of excellence that Rush fans are so proud of."
Chicago Rush, who have the largest market in the Arena Football League,
have played at the Allstate Arena from 2001 to present. It is a member
of the Central Division of the National Conference of the League. The
team has qualified for the playoffs eleven out of twelve seasons and won
one AFL championship, ArenaBowl XX in 2006. During its history, the
team has won its division five times and advanced to the AFL Conference
Championship six times, including four consecutive appearances from 2004
it is still early in free agency, we are excited to bring back key
returning players such as Reggie Gray, Nekos Brown, Darrell Campbell,
Derek Walker and Jorrick Calvin, as well as welcoming veteran
quarterback Gino Guidugli and standout wide receiver Troy McBroom,"
owner Julee White said. "Additionally, we are implementing new marketing
and social media platforms to better engage our fans, including a newly
branded logo and team color scheme."
Chicago Rush will be holding open tryouts for prospective players in
2013, as well as auditions for the newly branded Chicago Rush
Cheerleaders, with dates to be announced on arenarush.com.