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The Los Angeles Avengers is an Los Angeles, California based Arena Football League team. The team started playing in the 2000 season which was the 13th season of Arena Football league. The Avengers were the 18th team to play Arena Football League. The Los Angeles Avengers are based at the Staples Center which is also home to the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League and the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association. The team competes in the Western Division of the American Conference. The Avengers official mascot is a superhero-like character named TD.
Casey Wasserman owns the Avengers franchise. Casey is grandson of the late Lew Wasserman. In 1998, he purchased the Los Angeles Avengers of the Arena Football League (AFL), for approximately $5 million for the franchise rights He thus became the youngest person ever to own a professional sports team. In 2002 he was responsible for negotiation of a groundbreaking national television partnership between the league and NBC television. He also purchased the football league and started Wasserman Media Group (WMG) which is a talent management company. Casey is the CEO of the company. The team has till now competed in post season play four times. The Avengers won the American Conference Wild Card berth in 2002, 2003, and 2004. In 2005, they also won the American Conference Western Division Championship.
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In the first pre-season, March 2000 the Avengers played their first game and defeated the Arizona Rattlers, 54-57 at America West Arena In Phoenix. Also the Avengers were victorious in their home debut beating the Oklahoma Wranglers, 54-48 at Staples Center. There was the largest indoor crowd, 15,928 present to ever view the debut of a professional sports team in the history of Los Angeles. In August 2000, WR/LB Chris Jackson won the AFL's "Rookie of the Year" award at the ArenaBall Awards Gala in Orlando.
At the start of the second season, in April 2001 Avengers played a road game against the San Jose Sabercats. In October 2001, Ed Hodgkiss, one of the brightest offensive minds in the AFL was introduced as the new head coach of the Avengers. He was the offensive coordinator of the high-powered Indiana Firebirds for the previous three seasons. In December same year one of the AFL's most effective two-way player, Greg Hopkins signed with the Avengers.
In March 2002, NBC sports and the AFL became revenue sharing partners in an historic national television contract starting with the next season (2003). In their third season, AFL's 16th season Avengers scored a 43-25 victory over the New York Dragons at Staples Center. In June Avengers had an international success when they played their first game outside the US. The Avengers defeated the Toronto Phantoms, 58-44 at the Air Canada Center. In August, three Avengers earned major honors at the ArenaBall Awards Gala in San Jose. Casey accepted the "Commissioner's Award" on behalf of the organization. WR/LB Greg Hopkins was awarded as the "Ironman of the Year" and the team president Todd Merkow was selected as the "Executive of the year".
In 2003, the Avengers overcame a 12-point deficit in the final 35 seconds to beat the Orlando Predators, 64-63. 2004 saw Avenger kicker Remy Hamilton achieve his 100th AFL field goal against the Arizona Rattlers. Though the Avengers managed to take a berth for the third consecutive year into the AFL Playoffs, thy lost it to Arizona Rattlers at America West Arena in June 2004.

In 2005, the Avengers won their division with a record of 10-6. Unfortunately the Avengers saw a tragedy the same year. Avengers defensive lineman Al Lucas had spinal cord injury while attempting to make a tackle. Later he died at a nearby hospital. In 2006, Avengers opened their 7th season of play against the Arizona Rattlers at Staples Center. Avenger players regularly coaches and dancers regularly visit schools, hospitals and community center events. They are expected to repeat their 2005 season performance again in 2006.






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