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After creating ArenaBowl XXXI finalists, owner Ted Leonsis focused on what's next for AFL

After creating ArenaBowl XXXI finalists, owner Ted Leonsis focused on what's next for AFL

As Washington Valor players rejoiced around the Arena Football League’s Foster Trophy on the field at Royal Farms Arena on Saturday night, the owner of the team, Ted Leonsis, was grinning — even while his other team, the Baltimore Brigade, walked back to its locker room empty-handed.

“Both [Baltimore and Washington] had a great summer, a great year, but there’s something magical about the run the Valor went on,” Leonsis said.

A team that went 2-10 in the regular season and ended up becoming champions would be impossible in the NFL. A four-team format in the AFL, however, means it’s open season until the very end.

Spurred by a midseason coaching change, the Valor...

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