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RE: Birmingham hosting entire USFL
(11-23-2021 09:58 AM)DuelingDragon Wrote:  The NFL doesn't really need a developmental league, especially now. And especially if the NFL expands again (very possible given they added the extra regular season game) because that would take a big chunk of potential talent pool.

So it's either be a 2nd-tier pro league (nothing wrong with that, but hard to make the money work unless you really control salaries and costs of operation) or directly compete with the NFL (virtually impossible to make the money work).

I would love to see one of these leagues stay true to the mission of becoming a viable 2nd tier league that plays entertaining football in the spring/early summer. I would love to believe there are enough football fans who'd get excited about that. But we've never seen it, so call me skeptical.

The NFL is expanding by four teams. That news leaked out of St. Louis by an NFL exec two weeks ago. Mainly to make the lawsuit go away...no timeline given.

Also according to BJCC officials, the NFL is "on board" with the USFL as a developmental type league. I see the USFL testing out potential rules for the NFL, much like the Atlantic League does for MLB.
11-23-2021 11:21 AM
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(10-12-2021 02:54 PM)demiveeman Wrote:  If they want a bubble, how will that affect regular Birminghamians that want to go to Uptown?

It won't. This is a save money bubble, more than a virus-related bubble.
11-23-2021 11:22 AM
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RE: Birmingham hosting entire USFL
(11-23-2021 11:18 AM)blazerjay Wrote:  
(10-12-2021 09:12 PM)mixduptransistor Wrote:  
(10-12-2021 08:56 PM)GreenFreakUAB Wrote:  
(10-12-2021 12:43 PM)BlazerMatt Wrote:  
(10-12-2021 10:25 AM)HiddenDragon Wrote:  I would look at it from the stand point of reducing travel cost and limiting dealing with the different covid protocol of different states. I'm certain fans will be allowed if this comes to fruition.

My question is who are the 8 USFL teams?
They haven't announced it, but I read they had purchased all the trademarks for the following:

LA Express
Chicago Blitz
Tampa Bay Bandits
Houston Gamblers
New Jersey Generals
Birmingham Stallions
Jacksonville Bulls
Portland Breakers

...seems like awhile back I read that some other city bought the rights to the name 'Stallions', which cast doubt as to B'ham even having a team... ...but I guess that info ended up being a bit erroneous... 03-drunk

The USFL will own all the teams, it's all a unitary organization like the XFL

Initially. They intend to sell local ownership stakes by year 3...if they make it that far.

I’d prefer to see local ownership, as well a good cost control. This is minor league football, season is 3 months. No reason to pay these guys $60k for that time. You could pay them $15k for the season and still get the same talent.
11-23-2021 11:28 AM
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RE: Birmingham hosting entire USFL
(11-23-2021 09:58 AM)DuelingDragon Wrote:  The NFL doesn't really need a developmental league, especially now. And especially if the NFL expands again (very possible given they added the extra regular season game) because that would take a big chunk of potential talent pool.

So it's either be a 2nd-tier pro league (nothing wrong with that, but hard to make the money work unless you really control salaries and costs of operation) or directly compete with the NFL (virtually impossible to make the money work).

I would love to see one of these leagues stay true to the mission of becoming a viable 2nd tier league that plays entertaining football in the spring/early summer. I would love to believe there are enough football fans who'd get excited about that. But we've never seen it, so call me skeptical.

The DC Defenders had great attendance in Audi Field during the revived XFL's one season prior to covid. The games were a lot of fun and I would definitely have come back for a 2nd season. They are planning a return, so hopefully it happens.
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