2015 Arena Football League season
The 2015 Arena Football League season was the 28th season in the history of the league. The regular season began on March 27, 2015 and ended on August 8, 2015.
|2015 Arena Football League season|
|League||Arena Football League|
|Duration||March 27, 2015 – August 29, 2015|
|Season champions||San Jose SaberCats|
|Season MVP||Dan Raudabaugh (PHI)|
|American Conference champions||Jacksonville Sharks|
|American Conference runners-up||Philadelphia Soul|
|National Conference champions||San Jose SaberCats|
|National Conference runners-up||Arizona Rattlers|
|Champions||San Jose SaberCats|
|Finals MVP||Reggie Gray, SJ|
The city of Las Vegas, Nevada was awarded an expansion team on June 18, 2014. The team, named the Las Vegas Outlaws, was the first AFL team to call Las Vegas home since the Las Vegas Gladiators in 2007. Vince Neil, lead singer of the rock band Mötley Crüe, was the majority owner of the expansion franchise. The Outlaws' expansion draft took place on December 22, 2014.
The Iowa Barnstormers were the third and final team to leave the AFL for the 2015 season when they joined the Indoor Football League (IFL) on August 27, 2014. In 2015 all games were televised, most on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNEWS, and especially on ESPN3 (available online through WatchESPN) and some on the CBS Sports Network.
On July 15, the league took over the daily operations of the Las Vegas Outlaws and New Orleans VooDoo after financial problems and declining attendance. As a result, their game against each other (which was set to be played on the 25th) was cancelled and declared a tie, only the 3rd in AFL history and the only cancellation in league history. The league ran both teams to the end of the season with the intent of looking for new ownership in the offseason but on August 9, the day following the conclusion of the regular season, both teams ceased operations. Las Vegas had qualified for a playoff spot, the final one in the National Conference, but the league's Board of Directors voted against their inclusion in the postseason, considering that with no team ownership, there was no funding for the team. The Outlaws were replaced in the playoffs by the Portland Thunder, who had finished last in their division but had the better record of the two remaining non-playoff National Conference teams, meaning that all teams in the Pacific Division made the playoffs.
Regular season standings
|Conference Semifinals||Conference Championships||ArenaBowl XXVIII|
|National||August 14||11:00 p.m. EDT||Portland Thunder||28–55||San Jose Sabercats||SAP Center at San Jose|
|American||August 15||5:00 p.m. EDT||Cleveland Gladiators||35–47||Philadelphia Soul||Wells Fargo Center|
|American||August 15||7:30 p.m. EDT||Jacksonville Sharks||55–33||Orlando Predators||Amway Center|
|National||August 15||9:00 p.m. EDT||Spokane Shock||41–72||Arizona Rattlers||Talking Stick Resort Arena|
|National||August 22||8:00 p.m. EDT||Arizona Rattlers||67–70||San Jose SaberCats||Stockton Arena|
|American||August 23||5:00 p.m. EDT||Jacksonville Sharks||61–56||Philadelphia Soul||Wells Fargo Center|
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