Can the UFL Succeed Where Others Have Failed?

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Can the UFL Succeed Where Others Have Failed?

The UFL has been in the news a little bit lately. For those who are not aware, the UFL is the United Football League. It was created by William Hambrecht, a Wall Street Investor who was once a minority owner in the USFL’s Oakland Invaders football team, and Tim Armstrong, a former executive at Google who is now the Chairman and CEO of AOL.

These men have hired Michael Huyghue as the Commissioner of their League. Huyghue previously worked for the NFLPA, the NFL management council, served as Vice President of the Detroit Lions, and was the General Manager of the Birmingham Fire of the old World league of American Football. He was also a sports agent whose clients included Adam “Pacman” Jones.

The biggest piece of news out of this league is that William Mayer, founder of Park Avenue Equity, is the league's latest investor and owner of the New York franchise. Mark Cuban, owner of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks, is also a rumored investor. However, his role for 2009 seems to be as of yet undefined. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s husband, Paul Pelosi, is also reported to be an investor in the league.

The league will field only four teams for its 2009 inaugural season, one each in San Francisco, Las Vegas, Orlando, and New York. The league has gone all out to hire big name head coaches, with Dennis Green coaching in San Francisco, Jim Fassell with the Las Vegas Franchise, and Jim Haslett as the Orlando coach. Ted Cotrell, previously the defensive coordinator for the Buffalo Bills, New York Jets, Minnesota Vikings, and San Diego Chargers, will be the head coach of the New York team.

These four teams will play a six-game season starting in October and finishing up around Thanksgiving. They will play games in their home stadiums and in other football markets such as Hartford, Sacramento, and Los Angeles. The home stadiums are reported to be as follows:

• Las Vegas—Sam Boyd Stadium
• New York—Citi Filed
• Orlando—Citrus Bowl
• San Francisco—AT&T Park

Further details on the exact place of the games and scheduled are rumored to be forth coming from the league.

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