CAFL Continues To Grow
- Updated: January 13, 2017
New York, NY (January 11, 2017) By Mick Moninghoff
China Arena Football League Founder and Chairman Marty Judge outlined the league’s expansion plans at the offices of AllianceBernstein in New York City during a meeting of the China-U.S. Business Alliance. The gathering of over 50 representatives of various industries was hosted by John E. Oden, Founder of the organization.
After a brief interview with a reporter from the China Global Television Network who covered the event, Judge and David Niu, President of CAFL/AFL Global, outlined the league’s five year plan, including financial growth projections. They also offered investors the opportunity to own individual franchises or to become a stakeholder in the league itself.
“This is one of the most exciting periods in my life,” Judge told reporters. “In China all sports leagues are owned in part by the government. Mine is the only league that is owned 100 percent by an individual and I’m selling it to Chinese investors and the government sponsors it, they don’t own it. They love what I’ve done,” he added.
According to Judge the league will expand to eight teams for its second season.
With the official announcement of approval from the China government, the new professional league will be called CAFL (China Arena Football League), and the Beijing based operating company, formerly known as Ganlan Media International, will carry the same name.
“We think this acronym says it all,” said David Niu, the President of AFL Global, the founding corporation based in Conshohocken, PA, USA. “The league, and all of our efforts, are unique to China. We want to highlight the fact that we are playing American-style football, not to be confused with soccer. And we want to emphasize that this is China’s first ever professional league, played by the best players in the world.”
Many of the rosters will feature Chinese players, who have been learning and training for the arena game specifically for over a year, at 6 select Chinese Universities, under the guidance of AFL Global.
CAFL headquarters are located in Beijing, with leadership comprised of senior media executives and sports professionals with an array of government and commercial experience.
For more information please contact the following:
Lou Tilley, VP CAFL Communications and Media