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New arena league launching

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Arena football isn't dead yet.

Officials from what will be known as Arena Football 1 say they will have 16 teams, including four in markets where the former Arena Football League had clubs: Chicago, Phoenix, Salt Lake City and Orlando, Fla.

The league will also have teams from the AFL spinoff, arenafootball2, as well as at least one team from another indoor league.

Play would begin in 2010.

The new league says its markets include Bossier-Shreveport, La., Arkansas, Fresno, Calif., Des Moines, Iowa, Jacksonville, Fla., Kentucky, Milwaukee, Oklahoma City, Spokane, Wash., Alabama, Kennewick, Wash., and Tulsa, Okla.

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