Report: AFL players strike, cut, replaced

Posted on 03/09/2012 by lkosub

A Central Florida TV station is reporting that Arena Football League players decided to strike Friday but, before they could take any action, the league cut the players from the two teams set to play in the opening game and replaced them.
The plan, according to the report, was for the players from the Orlando Predators and the Pittsburgh Power to take a knee at game time.

The players have been trying to get changes made to their contracts, including larger salaries. The average salary is $400 per game.

The San Antonio Talons’ inaugural AFL game is set for 3 p.m. Saturday at the Alamodome. Unless a last-minute deal is struck between the AFL and the players’ union, the game will be played with replacement players.

Daniel Dudley ‏ @DD_TribLive - This is the craziest thing I've ever heard! The entire Pittsburgh Power football team was released 2 hours before kickoff. #AFL

Jerry DiPaola ‏ @JDiPaola_Trib
The game will be played, though. Half of the team signed new contracts and the Power will use replacement players to fill out the roster.

1h Jerry DiPaola ‏ @JDiPaola_Trib

You think you've heard it all? Try this: With the players union declaring a strike, the Power released its entire 24-man roster tonight.