Nearing the premiere season of the United Football League, my question is, can this league really succeed or is it the next XFL?
Led by big name coaches Jim Fassel, Dennis Green, Jim Haslett, and Ted Cottrell, the UFL is preparing to kick off their first season this year in October and wrapping up their championship by Thanksgiving weekend.
With many wondering exactly why there is a need for another football league, it is difficult to disagree with the fact that there is plenty of money to be had in the sports world.
After wrapping up their draft, the rosters have been set and players are preparing to march onto the field in October and get a second shot at the glorious life of a football player.
Some big name players have been added to rosters such as ex-Buffalo Bills quarterback J.P. Losman, and ex-Chicago Bear safety Adam Archuleta.
The possibility remains that the league may also be adding a very well known football player named Michael Vick.
According to rumors, the UFL has offered Vick near $1.5 million for a chance to play.
Vick could add plenty of the much needed publicity and possible fan base that the UFL will need in order to not only complete their first season, but continue on year after year.
As of right now, their have been a few attempts to "compete" with the NFL, but none seem to have caught any of the fans real attention.
Most recently, the AFL folded and despite a decent run, since 1987, the league was not able to contend with the powerhouse that is the NFL.
A bit more of a weak attempt as a competitor, the XFL didn't exactly challenge the NFL.
The XFL lasted around five minutes and was gone much more rapidly then it came.
The ideas that Vince McMahon came up with, whether it was the wonderful idea of hurting your players before the game began, the nicknames on the back of jerseys, or the cheerleader halftime camera, never really established much steam.
After watching the horrible vision turned reality that was the XFL, does the UFL have a chance to out-do not only the XFL, but the AFL as well?
As any business man knows, you don't start a business to believe it will last a few years.
You build a business to hope it lasts forever.
The NFL is currently a thriving business, however, it is a monopoly.
As much as I wish the UFL the best of luck, I do not see it gaining enough fan base or money to maintain a strong league for years to come.
At best, the UFL will be the NBDL of the NBA. It will be teams filled with undrafted rookies and hopeful veterans looking for that chance to get into the NFL.
I love the idea of a "developmental" NFL league; however, people do not really want to pay to watch a bunch of less-talented players when the NFL is on during the same months.
As a life-long Jacksonville Jaguars fan, I wish to see the league succeed because the CEO is Michael Huyghue, but when it comes down to it, there is only room for one football league.
That is the NFL.