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    USFL WILL RESTART: NOT AS A COMPETITOR TO NFL BUT AN ALLY

    USFL WILL RESTART: NOT AS A COMPETITOR TO NFL BUT AN ALLY

    "The first time the United States Football League was established in 1983, it
    gave a quick scare to the NFL. The USFL owners signed players like Reggie White,
    Steve Young, Jim Kelly and Herschel Walker, players the NFL actually wanted, by
    giving them big-time contracts.

    After a couple seasons, the USFL sued
    the NFL for anti-trust laws, and though the new league won, it was awarded just
    $1 dollar in damages. Soon after, the USFL folded. And thus, the NFL withstood
    another challenge to its monopoly, as the USFL joined two versions of the
    American Football League and the All-American Football Conference in leagues
    that were unable to top the NFL (though the second reincarnation of the AFL
    forced a merger in the late 1960s).

    Now, the USFL is making a comeback,
    but unlike last time, it's not going to serve as a direct competitor to the NFL.
    This time, those in charge of running it want to make it more of a developmental
    league that will begin next March. In that way, the USFL will compete somewhat
    with the UFL -- which perpetually seems on the verge of shutting down
    anyway.

    “We will not try to compete with the NFL at all,” CEO Jaime
    Cuadra told the AP.

    “We will play in markets where there are no NFL
    teams or major league baseball teams. It's a league for guys who are on the
    bubble for making NFL teams, and we will have complete open access for the NFL.
    We want to build a model that is sustainable.”

    Cuadra has at least one
    big name backing him. That's Fred Biletnikoff, who will consult on football
    operations for the league and who could add some credibility to the USFL brand
    (he also knows what it's like to compete against the NFL. His first employes was
    the AFL's Oakland Raiders).

    The league would begin next March and run
    through June. Each team would play a 14-game schedule, and after the season,
    USFL players could join an NFL team at training camp. Though there would be
    virtually no rest in between seasons for players who were good enough to earn a
    spot at an NFL training camp, it would make a good opportunity for those who
    want to continue living the dream of playing pro football. Plus, you'd have to
    think they'd be in better shape than those NFLers who are just wandering in from
    the offseason.

    According to the AP, the cities that are being considered
    for USFL franchises are: Portland, Ore.; Salt Lake City; San Antonio or Austin,
    Texas; Columbus or Akron, Ohio; Oklahoma City; Omaha, Neb.; Raleigh/Durham,
    N.C.; Birmingham, Ala.; and Memphis, Tenn.

    “These are cities with
    underutilized facilities at that time of year,” Cuadra said.

    The idea
    behind placing teams in those cities is to try to cash in on communities who
    have strong college football leanings. That could mean a player from the
    University of Texas who's on the NFL bubble could find work at the USFL team in
    Austin. The same goes for Ohio State players in Columbus or the University of
    Tennessee and Vanderbilt players in Memphis.

    But the next big question
    mark for the USFL is landing a TV deal. That's one reason the AFL of the 1960s
    became so successful and forced the NFL to offer a merger. It's because NBC
    offered a $36 million contract with the AFL, and after signing that, the NFL
    owners knew they were in trouble. The XFL on NBC a few decades later obviously
    didn't work, while the UFL has struggled to find a stable TV package.

    “We
    have nothing lined up yet, and we are doing our research and investigating the
    landscape of sports television today, which is ever-changing,” Cuadra
    said.

    The USFL's goal, though, is to find a permanent home in that
    ever-changing landscape. Otherwise, it'll join all the other non-NFL leagues
    that have come and gone without making a lasting impact."



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    Re: USFL WILL RESTART: NOT AS A COMPETITOR TO NFL BUT AN ALLY

    [quote user="RoanokeFan"]USFL WILL RESTART:* NOT AS A COMPETITOR TO NFL BUT AN ALLY

    "The first time the United States Football League was established in 1983, it
    gave a quick scare to the NFL. The USFL owners signed players like Reggie White,
    Steve Young, Jim Kelly and Herschel Walker, players the NFL actually wanted, by
    giving them big-time contracts.

    After a couple seasons, the USFL sued
    the NFL for anti-trust laws, and though the new league won, it was awarded just
    $1 dollar in damages. Soon after, the USFL folded. And thus, the NFL withstood
    another challenge to its monopoly, as the USFL joined two versions of the
    American Football League and the All-American Football Conference in leagues
    that were unable to top the NFL (though the second reincarnation of the AFL
    forced a merger in the late 1960s).

    Now, the USFL is making a comeback,
    but unlike last time, it's not going to serve as a direct competitor to the NFL.
    This time, those in charge of running it want to make it more of a developmental
    league that will begin next March. In that way, the USFL will compete somewhat
    with the UFL -- which perpetually seems on the verge of shutting down
    anyway.

    “We will not try to compete with the NFL at all,” CEO Jaime
    Cuadra told the AP.

    “We will play in markets where there are no NFL
    teams or major league baseball teams. It's a league for guys who are on the
    bubble for making NFL teams, and we will have complete open access for the NFL.
    We want to build a model that is sustainable.”

    Cuadra has at least one
    big name backing him. That's Fred Biletnikoff, who will consult on football
    operations for the league and who could add some credibility to the USFL brand
    (he also knows what it's like to compete against the NFL. His first employes was
    the AFL's Oakland Raiders).

    The league would begin next March and run
    through June. Each team would play a 14-game schedule, and after the season,
    USFL players could join an NFL team at training camp. Though there would be
    virtually no rest in between seasons for players who were good enough to earn a
    spot at an NFL training camp, it would make a good opportunity for those who
    want to continue living the dream of playing pro football. Plus, you'd have to
    think they'd be in better shape than those NFLers who are just wandering in from
    the offseason.

    According to the AP, the cities that are being considered
    for USFL franchises are: Portland, Ore.; Salt Lake City; San Antonio or Austin,
    Texas; Columbus or Akron, Ohio; Oklahoma City; Omaha, Neb.; Raleigh/Durham,
    N.C.; Birmingham, Ala.; and Memphis, Tenn.

    “These are cities with
    underutilized facilities at that time of year,” Cuadra said.

    The idea
    behind placing teams in those cities is to try to cash in on communities who
    have strong college football leanings. That could mean a player from the
    University of Texas who's on the NFL bubble could find work at the USFL team in
    Austin. The same goes for Ohio State players in Columbus or the University of
    Tennessee and Vanderbilt players in Memphis.

    But the next big question
    mark for the USFL is landing a TV deal. That's one reason the AFL of the 1960s
    became so successful and forced the NFL to offer a merger. It's because NBC
    offered a $36 million contract with the AFL, and after signing that, the NFL
    owners knew they were in trouble. The XFL on NBC a few decades later obviously
    didn't work, while the UFL has struggled to find a stable TV package.

    “We
    have nothing lined up yet, and we are doing our research and investigating the
    landscape of sports television today, which is ever-changing,” Cuadra
    said.

    The USFL's goal, though, is to find a permanent home in that
    ever-changing landscape. Otherwise, it'll join all the other non-NFL leagues
    that have come and gone without making a lasting impact."



    [/quote]

    This would be a cool concept. I wonder if teams would be able to bury their prospects with 2 way contracts in the minor leagues in the future, kind of like in hockey or baseball. You would definitely see more draft pick retainment if they did that.

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    Re: USFL WILL RESTART: NOT AS A COMPETITOR TO NFL BUT AN ALLY

    strange, i wonder if they will merge with the UFL

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    Re: USFL WILL RESTART: NOT AS A COMPETITOR TO NFL BUT AN ALLY

    OK, first Giant to play in the USFL???

    Ramses Barden?
    We need our coaches to assign playing time based on something other than player salary.

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    Re: USFL WILL RESTART: NOT AS A COMPETITOR TO NFL BUT AN ALLY

    Tiki finally makes his comeback???!!!

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