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|2000 Arena Football League season|
|League||Arena Football League|
|Duration||April 13, 2000 – August 20, 2000|
|Finals MVP||Connell Maynor, ORL|
The 2000 Arena Football League season was the 14th season of the Arena Football League. It was succeeded by 2001. The league champions were the Orlando Predators, who defeated the Nashville Kats in ArenaBowl XIV.
The season was originally cancelled on February 24, 2000, due to an antitrust suit filed by the Arena Football League Players Association against the league stemming from player complaints that league owners have conspired to withhold free agency, health benefits and higher salaries.On March 1, 2000, the league re-opened its season when the Players' Union came to a collective bargaining agreement with the league.
|New England Sea Wolves||8||6||0.571||5||1||0.833|
|New Jersey Red Dogs||4||10||0.286||1||5||0.167|
|Tampa Bay Storm||8||6||0.571||6||2||0.750|
|Grand Rapids Rampage||6||8||0.429||3||3||0.500|
|San Jose SaberCats||12||2||0.857||4||2||0.667|
|Los Angeles Avengers||3||11||0.214||0||6||0.000|
|Wild Card Round||Quarterfinals||Semifinals||ArenaBowl XIV|
|Position||First team||Second team|
|Quarterback||Aaron Garcia, Iowa||Sherdrick Bonner, Arizona|
|Fullback/Linebacker||Bob McMillen, Arizona||Rick Hamilton, Orlando|
|Wide receiver/Defensive back|| Carlos James, Iowa |
Bret Cooper, Orlando
| Randy Gatewood, Arizona |
Sean Riley, Milwaukee
|Wide receiver/Linebacker||Hunkie Cooper, Arizona||Greg Hopkins, Albany|
|Offensive specialist||Mike Horacek, Iowa||Steve Papin, San Jose|
|Offensive lineman/Defensive lineman|| Sam Hernandez, San Jose |
Victor Hall, Los Angeles
Joe Jacobs, Albany
| James Baron, Nashville |
B.J. Cohen, Orlando
Tom Briggs, Oklahoma
|Defensive specialist|| Kenny McEntyre, Orlando |
Kevin Kaesviharn, Iowa
| Damon Mason, Orlando |
Tommy Henry, Tampa Bay
|Kicker||Clay Rush, Iowa||Steve Videtich, Milwaukee|
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