UNIONDALE, NY - MARCH 04: An overview of the season opening kickoff between the New York Dragons and the Dallas Desperados during their Arena Football League game on March 4, 2007 at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. The Desperados defeated the Dragons 60-7. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Arena football is set to return to Dallas in April after a year's absence. The only difference will be the league, the owner, many of the players, and very possibly the team name.
The now-defunct Arena Football League was retooled after being forced to suspend operations for the 2009 season due to financial reasons; the league only resurfaced recently as Arena Football One. Dallas is one of 15 markets to land a team, though that team does not yet have a name; this is because of a legal morass brought on by the rights to the name "Desperados," the AFL-team's moniker.
Jerry Jones, of course, owned the team under the old management structure, while his son Jerry, Jr. served as president and general manager. Jones' son-in-law, Shy Anderson, was the Desperados' COO.
The new owner is Pilot Point-resident Peter "Woody" Kern, who previously owned the AFL's Tampa-St. Petersburg franchise, the Tampa Bay Storm. The hitherto unnamed Dallas team will be coached by Rich Ingold, a former Desperados offensive coordinator.
"We want to put on an exciting product," Kern said. "Kids like to go to [the games] and families like to go to it. Then we will put the hat on the players and coach [Rich] Ingold to win a few football games."