2012 Arena Football League season

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2012 Arena Football League season
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League Arena Football League
Sport Arena football
DurationMarch 9, 2012 – August 10, 2012
Regular season
Season champions Philadelphia Soul
Season MVP Tommy Grady, UTA
AFL playoffs
American Conference champions Philadelphia Soul
  American Conference runners-up Jacksonville Sharks
National Conference champions Arizona Rattlers
  National Conference runners-up Utah Blaze
ArenaBowl XXV
Champions Arizona Rattlers
  Runners-up Philadelphia Soul
Finals MVP Nick Davila, ARZ
AFL seasons

The 2012 Arena Football League season was the 25th season in the history of the league. The regular season began on March 9, 2012 with a game between the Pittsburgh Power and the Orlando Predators and ended on July 22, 2012 with a game between the Utah Blaze and Philadelphia Soul. The Arizona Rattlers defeated the Philadelphia Soul by a 72–54 score in ArenaBowl XXV on August 10, 2012 to conclude the playoffs. [1]

Contents

League business

Teams

The only franchise that relocated during the offseason was the Tulsa Talons, which became the San Antonio Talons following a move to San Antonio, Texas, where the team announced they would play at the Alamodome. [2]

When the 2012 schedule was announced, the Dallas Vigilantes were left off without any explanation on the status of the franchise. No expansion teams were added for the 2012 season.

Labor issues

On March 9, 2012, the day the AFL was to begin play, the Arena Football League Players Association went on strike, seeking a doubling of their wages. The game between the Pittsburgh Power and Orlando Predators scheduled for that night was played as scheduled with replacement players making up about three-quarters of the roster. However, players began crossing the picket line by the second quarter and the AFL announced the work stoppage ended just two hours after the game ended. [3] [4]

For the second game of the 2012 season, the entire roster of the San Antonio Talons voted unanimously not to strike for its first game against the Utah Blaze. [5]

On June 8, the Cleveland Gladiators were forced to forfeit a week 14 matchup against the Pittsburgh Power when they were unable to field enough players to play as a result of several of their players going on strike. It was the first forfeited game in the history of the league. [6] [7] This news came after the NFL Network chose not to air a contest between the Milwaukee Mustangs and Philadelphia Soul in the network's weekly Friday night broadcast, citing a "labor uncertainty." [8] In the following week, after reports of a potential lockout rose, [9] [10] the NFL Network chose to air a War on I-4 game between the Tampa Bay Storm and the Orlando Predators via tape delay on June 16, the day after the game took place. [11]

On June 17, it was announced that the AFL and the AFLPU agreed to a multi-year collective bargaining agreement, to be signed on June 20. [12]

Regular season standings

American Conference
East Division
TeamWLPCTPFPADIVCONHomeAway
(1) Philadelphia Soul 153.83312289194–212–27–28–1
Cleveland Gladiators 810.4448798754–26–85–43–6
Milwaukee Mustangs [a] 513.27896010623–34–72–63–7
Pittsburgh Power 513.2788279631–54–91–84–5
South Division
TeamWLPCTPFPADIVCONHomeAway
(2) Jacksonville Sharks 108.5569308844–48–66–44–4
(3) Georgia Force 99.5008129235–38–55–44–5
(4) New Orleans VooDoo [b] 810.4449799955–37–54–54–5
Tampa Bay Storm 810.444102111084–47–77–21–8
Orlando Predators 414.2227709022–64–114–50–9
National Conference
Central Division
TeamWLPCTPFPADIVCONHomeAway
(1) San Antonio Talons 144.77810429495–19–48–16–3
Chicago Rush 108.556104710444–25–67–23–6
Iowa Barnstormers 711.38994810323–35–94–53–6
Kansas City Command 315.1677059380–61–122–71–8
West Division
TeamWLPCTPFPADIVCONHomeAway
(2) Arizona Rattlers 135.72211188803–38–57–26–3
(3) San Jose SaberCats [c] 126.667114310274–210–48–14–5
(4) Utah Blaze 126.667112810514–28–46–36–3
Spokane Shock 108.556106310481–55–75–45–4

Eight teams qualified for the playoffs: four teams from each conference, of which two are division champions and the other two have the best records of the teams remaining. [13]

Tie-breakers

Playoffs

Conference Semifinals Conference Championship ArenaBowl XXV
         
1Philadelphia66
4 New Orleans 53
1Philadelphia89
American Conference
2 Jacksonville 34
2Jacksonville58
3 Georgia 56
A1 Philadelphia 54
N2Arizona72
1 San Antonio 34
4Utah35
4 Utah 69
National Conference
2Arizona75
2Arizona51
3 San Jose 48

Conference semifinals

ConferenceDateKickoffAwayHomeFinal scoreGame siteRecap
NationalJuly 278:00 p.m. EDT Utah Blaze San Antonio Talons Utah, 35–34 Alamodome [14]
AmericanJuly 287:00 p.m. EDT Georgia Force Jacksonville Sharks Jacksonville, 58–56 Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena [15]
AmericanJuly 287:05 p.m. EDT New Orleans VooDoo Philadelphia Soul Philadelphia, 66–53 Wells Fargo Center [16]
NationalJuly 2810:00 p.m. EDT San Jose SaberCats Arizona Rattlers Arizona, 51–48 US Airways Center [17]

Conference championships

ConferenceDateKickoffAwayHomeFinal scoreGame siteRecap
AmericanAugust 38:00 p.m. EDT Jacksonville Sharks Philadelphia Soul Philadelphia, 89–34 Wells Fargo Center [18]
NationalAugust 410:00 p.m. EDT Utah Blaze Arizona Rattlers Arizona, 75–69 US Airways Center [19]

ArenaBowl XXV

DateKickoffAwayHomeFinal scoreGame siteRecap
August 1010:30 p.m. EDT Arizona Rattlers Philadelphia Soul Arizona, 72–54 New Orleans Arena [20]

All-Arena team

Offense
PositionFirst teamSecond team
Quarterback Tommy Grady, Utah Nick Davila, Arizona
Fullback Derrick Ross, Philadelphia Odie Armstrong, Arizona
Center Kyle Young, Arizona Billy Eisenhardt, Chicago
Offensive lineman Rich Ranglin, San Jose
Michael Huey, Arizona
George Bussey, Tampa Bay
Manny Akah, San Jose
Wide receiver Jesse Schmidt, Iowa
Maurice Purify, Arizona
Aaron Lesué, Utah
Reggie Gray, Chicago
Tiger Jones, Philadelphia
Dominick Goodman, Cleveland
Defense
PositionFirst teamSecond team
Defensive lineman Joe Sykes, San Jose
Mike Lewis, Utah
Victor DeGrate, San Antonio
Bryan Robinson, Philadelphia
Scooter Berry, Jacksonville
Luis Vasquez, Milwaukee
Middle linebacker Aaron Robbins, Jacksonville Francis Maka, San Jose
Jack linebacker Alvin Ray Jackson, New Orleans Marcus Everett, Milwaukee
Defensive back Kent Richardson, Philadelphia
Jason Simpson, Iowa
Terrance Sanders, Spokane
Jeremy Kellem, New Orleans
Arkeith Brown, Arizona
Tracy Belton, Georgia
Special teams
PositionFirst teamSecond team
Kicker Kenny Spencer, Spokane Nich Pertuit, San Jose
Kick returner PJ Berry, Pittsburgh Terrance Sanders, Spokane

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