2013 Arena Football League Season
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2013 Arena Football League Season
2013 was the 26th season in the history of the league. The regular season began on March 23, 2013, with a five-game slate, the first of which to kick off being between the Arena Football League season Utah Blaze and the Pittsburgh Power, and ended on July 27, 2013, with the Utah Blaze and Cleveland Gladiators as the last game to kick off.  The  Arizona Rattlers defeated the Philadelphia Soul by a 48-39 score in ArenaBowl XXVI to conclude the league's playoffs. 
The league dropped to 14 teams during the offseason. The
Kansas City Command ceased operations on August 23, 2012, as well as the  Georgia Force on October 14, 2012. The  Milwaukee Mustangs suspended operations for 2013, eyeing a return to play in the 2014 season. 
It was announced on November 13, 2012, that the league had reached an agreement with
CBS Sports Network to air 19 regular-season games, as well as two playoff games. The network was scheduled to air the league's "game of the week" each Saturday. The main CBS network was to televise ArenaBowl XXVI on August 17, 2013. 
Regular season standings
Eight teams qualify for the playoffs: four teams from each conference, of which two are division champions and the other two have the best records of the teams remaining.
Key: Conference and division champion o Division champion o Clinched playoff berth
Cleveland finished in second place in the East Division based on their greater point differential in head-to-head competition with Pittsburgh. a
Jacksonville clinched the American Conference's No. 1 seed based on their win over Philadelphia. b
Orlando clinched the American Conference's No. 3 seed based on a greater conference record than Tampa Bay. c Chicago clinched the Central Division based on their greater point differential in games against common opponents with San Antonio. d
American Conference 2
National Conference 3
Note: Due to "arena conflicts," the Chicago Rush did not host the playoff game. 
Erik Meyer, Spokane
Nick Davila, Arizona
Derrick Ross, Philadelphia
Odie Armstrong, Arizona
Adron Tennell, Spokane Joe Hills, Tampa Bay Anthony Jones, Philadelphia
Rod Windsor, Arizona Reggie Gray, Chicago Jeron Harvey, Jacksonville
Brennen Carvalho, Philadelphia
Billy Eisenhardt, Arizona
Christian Johnson, Philadelphia Rich Ranglin, Arizona
Michael Huey, Arizona George Bussey, San Jose
Joe Sykes, San Antonio Bryan Robinson, Philadelphia
Mike Lewis, Iowa Jerry Turner, Jacksonville
Tim McGill, San Antonio
Jason Stewart, San Jose
Francis Maka, San Jose
Aaron Robbins, Jacksonville
Jamar Ransom, San Antonio
Huey Whittaker, San Jose
Clevan Thomas, San Jose Virgil Gray, Arizona Terrance Smith, Jacksonville
Rayshaun Kizer, Philadelphia Arkeith Brown, Arizona Fred Shaw, San Antonio
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