The Los Angeles Kiss of the Arena Football League are now defunct. Per Ryan Kartje of the Orange County Register, the Kiss will not take to the field for the 2017 season, and per the league’s executive director, “won’t be involved in any football moving forward.”
The Kiss lasted just three years in one of the country’s premier sports markets, having just made the 2016 postseason after two years of futility to start. Rebranded as the Kiss — there was a team called the Los Angeles Avengers that played from 2000-2009 — the team was owned by members of the band their named was derived from. Owned by Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, and Doc McGhee, the team went just 14-38 over their three seasons.
Oddly enough, the folding of the Kiss is advantageous for the Arena Football League in terms of scheduling. With the Washington (D.C.) Valor set to have their inaugural season in 2017, the league was set to have nine teams, which would make for an unbalanced schedule and conference alignment. While losing the Los Angeles market will do them no wonders, first year commissioner Scott C. Butera now will have to focus on balancing out a league that saw three teams win at least 12 games and two that lost three or less.
The team’s former captain, wide receiver Donovan Morgan, retired at the end of last season at the age of 34. He was nominated to his second First-team All-Arena selection.