Los Angeles Gets A Pro Football Team … In The Arena League … Owned By KISS

  • Rick Chandler

Pro football is returning to Los Angeles after five long desolate years, and it will include large cargo nets, a 50-yard field and the franchise will be owned by the rock band KISS — just as we all envisioned it would happen.

Actually no one envisioned that, except maybe Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, who now own it. The newest Arena League team, in fact, will be called the L.A. KISS, becoming the 15th team in the league when it begins play next year.

They’ll play at at the Honda Center in Anaheim, the league announced today, so technically they’re the Los Angeles KISS of Anaheim? The press release is not clear.

“As a fast-paced, high-action band this partnership with the AFL was an obvious fit for us,” Simmons said in the release.

Yes, obvious.

Oh, and correction: make that the Net 10 Wireless Arena League, as of the deal with that company in Dec. of 2012. This I believe makes it the only pro sports league in North America with a corporation in its name, besides the New York Yankees.

As incentive to generate interest in the indoor team, KISS will play a free concert for season ticket holders. Unrelated to that event, the band is also scheduled to perform Friday in Orlando, Fla., the site of Saturday’s ArenaBowl XXVI.

Can’t wait to see the uniforms.