The Arena Football League announced Tuesday that the league will take over operations for the New Orleans VooDoo — along with the Las Vegas Outlaws — in light of recent financial troubles.
It appears the future of the VooDoo may be in doubt.
With the Voodoo playing its final home game of the season Saturday against the Tampa Bay Storm, some have wondered if this will be the final home game in franchise history.
Members of the front office told The Advocate that the team plans to play the remainder of the schedule, and that they also plan on continuing on into the 2016 season.
“It’s understandable if some people are, but the front office is not approaching this game like it’s going to be the last one,” a source told The Advocate, regarding if the team is approaching this weekend as it’s final home game.
“We won’t be planning any ceremony or anything like that.”
The source added that AFL Commissioner Scott Butera has already begun the process of finding new owners for the VooDoo and Outlaws and may already have “one or two” potential buyers in mind.
“We won’t be saying anything officially, but we already have a few people that may be interested. We are still in the process of measuring their interest at this time,” the source told The Advocate.
In Tuesday’s announcement, Butera said his mission is to find sufficient ownership for both teams so they can continue into the 2016 season.
“I came in with the intention of shoring up the AFL’s financial growth, and positive steps have been taken over the past year,” Butera said. “AFL ownership requires significant financial commitment and operational expertise. We’re excited about moving forward with members who share the same vision.
“Our new direction has a supreme commitment to putting the right people in place with all of our teams, and we’re making the proper strides in getting that done.”
WDSU’s Ed Daniels reported Monday that the team could be purchased for “under $2 million.”