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Arena Football League Resolves Labor Dispute, Dramatically Increases Player Pay

The Arena Football League and its players have finally reached a new labor agreement that will pay the players significantly more in the near future.

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Game salaries will increase from $400 to $830 starting next season and will top out at $925 in 2017, the final year of the deal.

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But starting quarterbacks will lose 85 percent of their per-game bonus, which will drop from $1,675 to $250 next year. Such bonuses will increase to $350 by the end of the contract.

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Also, per-game pay for this season will increase to $585. Players will no longer live in team housing unless they are willing to pay $150 per week.

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The new labor deal carries through the 2017 season.

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This ends a labor dispute that was damaging to the league's reputation. The Pittsburgh Power looked awful after an infamous incident in which it fired all its players while they were eating in an Olive Garden before a game in Orlando.

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