Arena football returns to Cleveland

CLEVELAND(AP) —The Gladiators are re-entering the arena.

Cleveland will again have an arena football team as the Cleveland Gladiators will return as members of the Arena Football One League in 2010. The team previously played in the now-defunct Arena League.

Cleveland’s franchise will retain its nickname, logo and red, black and white colors and play its games at Quicken Loans Arena.

The team said it will be joined by former AFL markets Arizona, Chicago, Dallas, Orlando and Utah. Others clubs include Alabama, Bossier-Shreveport, Iowa, Jacksonville, Milwaukee, Oklahoma City, Spokane and Tulsa.

Former Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar will again be in the team’s front office.

Updated Tuesday, Dec 8, 2009