Arizona Is IN
Managing partner: Rattlers to resume in 2010
Brett Bouchy said the Arizona Rattlers will be involved in a new, restructured arena football league that will be announced at a news conference Monday in Tulsa, Okla.
The new league, which will begin play in April, will have teams from the suspended AFL and the current af2.
“It’s a done deal,” Bouchy said Friday.
Bouchy couldn’t say how many teams would be involved, but it was reported by the Tulsa World that there will be between 22 and 30 involved in two tiers. The Rattlers will play in the higher tier.
The new league will be headquartered in Tulsa, where the Talons are a successful af2 team.
Bouchy said the Rattlers will be controlled by a corporation based in Delaware.
He said he will remain as managing partner of the team.
“I’m very excited after nine or 10 months of a lot of false starts,” Bouchy said. “I’m excited about playing football in 2010.”
Nobody who used to coach and play for the Rattlers are under contract.
Bouchy said he hopes to keep Kevin Guy as his head coach and Danny White as the offensive coordinator. Guy and White never got a chance to work together. The Arena Football League began to collapse shortly after White came aboard.
Guy, whose family has settled in Gilbert, said other teams have spoken to him but he is interested in staying here. He said he keeps in constant communication with White and hopes to work with him.
“I’ve spoken to Danny and he’s like me, we both want to see what the contracts look like, how the league is going to be set up,” Guy said. “Nothing has been really shared.”
Bouchy said more details will come out Monday.
He also said all 2009 season ticket deposits will be honored by the new corporation.