The Brand New American Arena League
Updated: Apr 15
Tony Zeifiretto Leaves The American Arena League
“The league officially concluded it's 2021 season on June 5, 2021 and the new owners took over control on July 6, 2021. When asked about the "AAL Championship Game scheduled for June 26, 2021 in Charlotte, former AAL Owner Zeifiretto said, "What game. The AAL ended the 2021 Season on June 5, 2021. End of Year”
The Tony Zeifiretto Era in the American Arena League(AAL) is history! LockedIN Magazine's Rick "Beatle" Baily conducted the media briefing on Tuesday Night where Tony announced that the league was sold to a group headed by AJ Roque and Jermaine Sanders of the Jersey Bearcats.
Since June 2017 the AAL has been at the forefront of scandal from the Tim Viens Atlanta Havoc situation to the passing of Jack Bowman died after an illness and the aftermath of events. Tons of failed events. Dropped Teams. Horrible playing conditions. And small out of network arenas are some of the ill-fated events to fall on the AAL.
Meet The New Owners
The new owners are no Stranger to arena football with years of experience in sports.
AJ Roque played Professional Arena and Indoor Football with the Albany Conquest (2008, Arena Football League 2), Florida Stingrays (2008, American Indoor Football Association), Harrisburg Stampede (2009, American Indoor Football Association), Erie Storm (2010, American Indoor Football Association), Lehigh Valley Steelhawks (2011, Indoor Football League).
As a player, Roque was a four-year starter at Quarterback for Kean from 2004-07. He threw for 8,443 yards with 615 pass completions and 65 touchdown passes. AJ was the 2004 NJAC Rookie of the Year and a 2x NJAC Offensive Player of the Year (2006, 2007). Roque also holds numerous game, season and career records in the Kean record book.
A lifelong football fan and one who is not a stranger to the ownership side of having sports franchises, Jermaine Sanders still owns the semi-pro teams, Jersey Cynder for the men’s and co-owner of the NJ Titans women’s team as well.
Published by: Locked In Magazine