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Olivia Trueb - ArenaFan Original
For Darron Thomas, a season ending injury doesn't mean an end to football in 2015

(8/3) Im feeling alright. Thomas said. Ill be back next season, back stronger than ever. I just cant wait to play football again. He told me, as any athlete would hate to be kept from the game. Darron has been unable to do much on the field as he doesnt want to further injure his knee. Im on track for recovery. I asked the doctor the same thing. Theyve told me to take my time. Its an early injury so, im just taking my time off....

Butera: 2015 a year of repositioning and reorganizing; Exciting expansion opportunities for '17
Adam Markowitz,

ArenaFan's Adam Markowitz had the opportunity to sit down and speak with Arena Football League Commissioner Scott Butera. The following interview took place on 11/18/15.

Butera takes big gamble, could hit jackpot with AFL
Adam Markowitz,

For months and months, all the Arena Football League had was nightmare after nightmare. Las Vegas. New Orleans. Spokane. San Jose. No expansion teams. Rumors of cheating. But the vision was always clear to Scott Butera. He saw sponsors. He saw television deals. He saw new teams. He saw a new country. He saw it all. And now we see it, too. And it's awesome.

Thunder Acquire OL Deveric Gallington
Portland Thunder Press Release

The Portland Thunder are pleased to announce the assignment of veteran offensive lineman Deveric Gallington.

Three new US teams, three new Mexican teams to join AFL in 2017
Adam Markowitz,

On Friday night, bombshells swept across the Arena Football League in the form of major announcements made by Craig Spencer of the Philadelphia Soul.

Despite having just eight teams, AFL confident in its long-term sustainability
Florida Times-Union

The AFL lost another team last week, but commissioner Scott Butera and Jacksonville Sharks owner Jeff Bouchy insist it was a positive move for the long-term sustainability of the league.

AFL sets Training Camp schedule for 2016
AFL Press Release

The Arena Football League announced today that training camps for the 2016 season have been scheduled to begin mid-February. The season will open in early March with the official schedule to be released shortly.

JLB Bryce Peila returns to Thunder
Portland Thunder Press Release

The Portland Thunder are pleased to welcome back Bryce Peila, with head coach Andy Olson announcing the assignment of the third year jack-linebacker earlier this morning.

San Jose exit unfortunate, but future plan is coming together for AFL
Adam Markowitz,

I'm not in San Jose, so maybe this is easy for me to say as a fan of the Arena Football League who lives some 3,000 miles away from the SAP Center. But the news of the exit of John and David Fry from the AFL was not only a necessity, but it was actually a net positive in the long run for those of us who are more fans of the game and the sport of arena football rather than fans of individual teams.

At a Glance
Record Ovr Home Away
  5-13 5-4 0-9
Last Game Fri Aug 14
  Loss @SJS 28-55
Next Game None scheduled
Head Coach
  Andy Olson

With Thunder: 0-0-0
Overall: 43-33-0

Complete Coaching Record
Date Opp Time (ET)
Jul 18 @ San Jose L 49-55
Jul 25 @ Spokane L 40-42
Aug 1   Las Vegas W 64-33
Aug 8 @ Arizona L 39-67
Aug 14 @ San Jose L 28-55
Complete Schedule
Pacific Division W L PF PA
San Jose17 1 1061 662
Spokane7 11 847 971
Portland5 13 858 975
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