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AFL approves new owner for Chicago Rush

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The Chicago Rush, which won the 2006 ArenaBowl XX title, will be returning for the 2013 season, league officials announced Friday after confirming a deal with a new ownership group. A deal with Allstate Arena, however, has not be finalized.

MARK WELSH | Staff Photographer

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The Chicago Rush franchise has new owner. As first reported in Crain's Chicago Business and confirmed by the Arena Football League, private-equity firm manager David Staral Jr. has agreed to buy the franchise. While league officials say the season will start as planned on March 23, it remains uncertain if the team will return to Allstate Arena, the Rush's home in Rosemont for years. "On a scale of 1 to 10, my confidence level is about a 2 or 3," said Pat Nagle, general manager of Allstate Arena.
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