Discussion in 'The National Football League' started by Vinny, May 7, 2009.
A link to the new UFL league down below.
I've been waiting for them. I could use football in March and May.
No Houston team though. I'll still give them a look if they broadcast the games on an HD channel.
Is this the same league that was going to start but when belly-up before their first game?
I guess the intent is good but all these leagues seem to fail.
Bring back the XFL.
I like the idea of a spring football league. I went to some Gambler games. It's a nice distraction when nothing else is going on. It is, of course, watching the minor leagues, but what the heck. The only other football on is the repeats on the NFL channel.
Hm. All teams are on the west coast. :o
Interesting thought and I like the idea of a spring league. I really think that if a league puts good effort into it, it can find a excellent niche between the NFL's season for starved football fans.
To me what is essential is the markets it chooses. I thought Hartford is an intersting one to pursue. Other then the Huskies Connecticut doesn't have much to cheer for. Can also act like a NE hub.
SLC i found interesting too. Something new to hate about Utah fans.
I think this league would do well to to find larger metropolitan areas that don't have a professional team to rally around. While the Spurs are there I think San Antonio would make a great market for the league.
Place like Santa Fe NM might be intersting. Portland. Columbus Ohio perhaps.Richmond Va. Louisville. Birmingham.
Slightly smaller markets but ones that could support the league and give it fans.
Just like when Roller Derby began.
No WWJD, you're thinking of the AAFL (the ALL AMERICAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE). Houston was actually assigned a team. Several hundred season tickets were sold, IIRC, and needed to be returned. The league was to begin 2008, after having had a draft. But for all sorts of reasons, they put off their season for 2009. Still problems. From what I understand, they are still trying to organize for 2010, although this would be putting them nose-to-nose with the UFL.
Other than greed I don't see a reason why they shouldn't combine resources and make their product even better...
I don't know about this new leauge, but for the AAFL you had to have atleast a two yr. degree to play...I was gonna try out, but of course we know what happened to them...
Thanks for that info...I had read a few articles and I even watched a blurb on 13 sports one night about it and then I read somewhere where they had just decided not to go forward.
The idea was good, but he should have tinkered with the rules more... sort of a football & rugby hybrid (no padding etc.). Any "new" football league will always be viewed as a secondary league; so they need to adjust the game to carve out their own "niche".
Here's a link to the official AAFL:
I went to some Gambler games also. Still have some black and red pom poms! One reason I became such a big Jim Kelly fan and followed his career until he retired.
When NFL Europe shut down I thought, why didn't the NFL just do the damn developmental league right here in the good ol US of A, in the spring, when fans are starved for football? Put it in cities that don't have an NFL team like OKC, San Antonio, Louisville, Vegas, Portland, hell maybe even Los Angeles could finally get a team. Have it here where we could watch it, and support it, have better coverage of it, and I think it would have been very successful.
It would have also squashed any attempt of a league like this UFL or what have you popping up.
But no, the NFL is more concerned with taking their product away from the fans and the mega bucks here, and trying to squeeze what little they can across the pond.
I which you are only going to get Brett Favre games, or New England Patriots.
Goodell actually wants a developmental league, but despite the health of the league, it wouldn't go over well if a dozen or so franchises popped up in small markets.
How would it not go over well?
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