All-American Classic game is canceled at last minute

LAS VEGAS -- The Las Vegas All-American Classic, set for
next week, was canceled because of problems with financing and

The game, showcasing East versus West college football
all-stars, was scheduled for Jan. 15 and would have been televised
on the NFL Network.

"We're disappointed it was canceled with such short notice,"
Seth Palansky, spokesman for the network, said Monday.

Palansky and an aide to stadium director Daren Libonati in Las
Vegas said they received notice Friday about the cancellation.

"We are embarrassed at such a late notice," game director
Darry Alton said in a statement posted Friday on the Web site for
the game. Alton expressed disappointment about leaving players with
no game, but said sponsorships and financing fell through.

Alton did not immediately respond to telephone and e-mail
messages seeking comment.

The game was played for five years, including two years as the
Paradise Bowl in 2002 and 2003 in St. George, Utah.

The game was a showcase for about 100 National Football League
draft-eligible players, mostly from Division I-A schools.

The statement said organizers anticipated having the game in
2008 in Las Vegas, but under new ownership.