Las Vegas franchise relocates to Cleveland for 2008 AFL season

Oct 16, 2007 - 6:13 PM CLEVELAND (Ticker) -- The Las Vegas Gladiators will relocate to Cleveland for the 2008 Arena Football League season.

Team owner Jim Ferraro received approval from the AFL Board of Directors for the move at a meeting in Chicago last week.

Ferraro has also named former NFL quarterback and Ohio native Bernie Kosar to serve as part-owner, president and CEO of the franchise.

"We are excited to be bringing the fast-paced action of Arena Football to the city of Cleveland," Ferraro said Tuesday. "We will have one of the best arenas in the league, and Bernie is the perfect match to lead the charge."

The Gladiators finished the 2007 season 2-14.

"Cleveland is legendary for its passion for football, which makes it ideal to host an AFL team," AFL commissioner David Baker said. "I'm convinced the football fans of northern Ohio will truly enjoy the AFL's hard-hitting action played by world class athletes."