UFL Commissioner Michael Huyghue Resigns as Doubts Swirl Over League's Future

Alex HerbstContributor IJanuary 31, 2012

ORLANDO, FL - OCTOBER 22:  UFL signage during the game between the California Redwoods and the Florida Tuskers at the Florida Citrus Bowl on October 22, 2009 in Orlando, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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In what has been a troubling couple of months for the United Football League, CBS News reported today that league commissioner Michael Huyghue, who had been commissioner of the league since its inaugural season in 2009, has resigned. In a statement released today, Huyghue said he felt it was "most prudent" that he step down.

Meanwhile, Huyghue also addressed the league's financial situation, saying the UFL had "experienced serious financial issues," all the while the remaining owners and founder Bill Hambrecht continued their search for new investors and locations for teams.

The United Football League has been a site of turmoil since late October, when the league announced they would end their season prematurely as a cost-cutting move in order to assure a fourth season in 2012. Since then, it has been learned that the league has lost more than $100 million over the past two years.

It remains to be seen if the United Football League will be able to reach firm financial footing for the 2012 season, and whether or not the league will continue with their intended expansion plans. Unless things change soon, it looks like no news will be bad news for the United Football League, its players, its coaches and its fans, many of which who are hoping for a transition to playing spring football in the near future.

In regards to the prospects of spring football for the UFL, little to no word has come from Jerry Glanville, the man touted with exploring ventures such as this, as well as expansion possibilities.

Will the UFL field teams for a fourth season? Will the league's owners find enough money to continue forward? And will expansion and a move to the spring continue?

All these questions and more need to be addressed before we can say the UFL is here to stay