Utah Blaze not included in the AFL's 2014 season

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 29 2013 1:45 p.m. MDT

The Utah Blaze's Tommy Grady looks to make a pass during a football game against the Tampa Bay Storm at the Energy Solutions Arena in Salt Lake City on Saturday, April 6, 2013.

Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

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SALT LAKE CITY — The Arena Football League announced its realignment for the 2014 season on Tuesday, and the Utah Blaze were left behind.

The league will feature the prototypical two-conference and four-division format, but with 14 teams. The uncertainly of the Blaze franchise's future was confirmed with its exclusion. Last season, Utah was evicted from EnergySolutions Arena after failing to meet its financial responsibilities as tenants.

First-year owner Kim Brown told the Deseret News in June that the franchise had agreed upon a contract with an undisclosed financial investor, which provided the necessary funds to meet its outstanding debt and complete the 2013 season.

Efforts to contact Brown, the Utah Blaze and AFL officials were unsuccessful.

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