The United States Football League (USFL) appears to be rising from the dead.
The league that tried to overthrow the NFL back in the 80s is set to return next March, and the league is doing it with an entirely new business plan.
The Associated Press is reporting the news, and according to CEO Jamie Cuadra, the league will not try to compete with the NFL at all.
"We will not try to compete with the NFL at all," said Cuadra. "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."
The USFL is proposing an eight team league. The cities that are currently being considered 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 league is reportedly looking at a 14-game season that would last from March until June, which would allow the league's players to be signed by NFL franchises at the end of the season. The report also mentioned that all player and coach contracts will be owned by the league, and their salaries will not come close to what the NFL offers.
Cuadra is also searching for a television partner, which is something the UFL could not do because it played its schedule during the NFL season.
"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 return of the league is great news for the NFL because the league really does need a minor league system. The league will allow players to develop and allow guys who were overlooked to prove their worth.
The league will surely field some quality football, and it will certainly be exciting to watch football all year round.
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