The National Arena League will kick off their second ever season tomorrow with two games on tap. The defending champion Jacksonville Sharks will face the expansion and title favorite Carolina Cobras in Greensboro, NC. At the same time, the two expansion franchises in the New England area, the Massachusetts Pirates and Maine Mammoths, will face off at the DCU Center in Worcestor, MA.
Jacksonville is just one of three teams (Lehigh Valley Steelhawks, Columbus Lions) out of eight from last season that will be returning in 2018. Five other teams folded or left the league before, during or after the inaugural season.
The three teams that are returning will all be missing key pieces. Lehigh Valley and Jacksonville will both be starting new quarterbacks after their two stars from last season joined the Arena Football League.
The NAL also has created a new rule that will help fans remember faces remember they go to games. If a player shall sign with a team outside of the NAL – except the AFL – that player will not be allowed to sign in the NAL at all that season.
This also helps the league solidify themselves as a legit arena league. It won’t allow players to come and go as they please, such is the case in the American Arena League (AAL).
The NAL’s second season will kick off tomorrow and the regular season will conclude on Aug. 4. Postseason play will begin the following weekend, Aug. 11. National Arena Bowl II will be played Saturday, Aug. 25.