Arena Football League officials are expected to announce before the end of the week the league will suspend play for the 2009 season, the Rocky Mountain News has learned.
That will leave open dates at the Pepsi Center, where the AFL's Colorado Crush has played since 2003.
In summer 2002, the franchise was introduced by former Broncos quarterback John Elway, in a partnership with Broncos owner Pat Bowlen and Kroenke Sports Enterprises owner Stan Kroenke.
Elway, Bowlen and Kroenke could not be reached for comment late Tuesday night.
Earlier this week, the AFL released a statement saying the league is "working on long-term structural improvements."
The league's schedule for 2009 has not been released, and free agency and the dispersal draft have been placed on hold.
Longtime commissioner David Baker resigned earlier this year and the New Orleans franchise was disbanded.
The AFL was founded in 1987 and has 15 organizations. The Crush won the league championship in 2005, beating the Georgia Force 51-48 in Las Vegas.
The Crush went 6-10 last season, finishing third in the Central Division.
It beat the Utah Blaze 49-44 in the first round of the playoffs, then was eliminated the next week with a 64-51 loss to the San Jose SaberCats.
San Jose lost to the Philadelphia Soul 59-56 in the championship game.
"It's just tough," Crush player Delvin Hughley said Monday night at the Denver Sports Fans Choice awards dinner. "I talked to some friends around the league. . . . We don't know. We're under a lot of pressure right now and just don't know what to do.
"Hopefully, we can come out of this thing and everything will be OK."