TULSA – The Arena Football League and commissioner Jerry B. Kurz reached an agreement on a multi-year extension on Wednesday. The agreement puts Kurz at the helm of the AFL through the 2013 season.
“Commissioner Kurz has played a significant role in the AFL since it’s inception,” Chairman of the AFL Executive Committee Jeff Lamberti said. “There is no better ambassador of the game.”
Kurz entered his second season as commissioner in 2011 after signing a one-year extension in August. He has been involved with the game for 26 years, including five seasons as president of the af2. He also served as the AFL’s Vice President of International Development from 1987-2008.
“It’s an honor to continue to lead the Arena Football League. I’ve watched the League progress since the beginning and I couldn’t be more pleased to be a leading part of its growth,” Kurz said.
Discussions about entering into a long-term contract with Kurz began in early February at an owners meeting in Las Vegas.
“Back then, we decided it was something that we wanted,” Lamberti said. “It’s important that you have someone as the commissioner that has a passion in what they are doing. Whether it’s talking to prospective franchises, being on television promoting the game, you need somebody that loves and understands the AFL. He certainly does."