Could the UFL Be the Only Football on TV in 2011?

Gary G.Correspondent IAugust 6, 2009

JACKSONVILLE, FL - NOVEMBER 25: JP Losman #7 of the Buffalo Bills throws a pass in a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium in Jacksonville, Florida on November 25, 2007.  The Jaguars beat the Bills 36-14.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

Before we get too far ahead of ourselves, the United Football League will have its inaugural season this upcoming fall with four teams with intentions to expand to six or possibly eight teams in 2010.

Unlike the XFL, if the UFL can hold strong for one or two full seasons, it could be the only organized professional football league on television during the 2011 season.

Why would this be the case?

The National Football League and the NFL Players Association are at a dispute over guaranteed benefits for the 2010 uncapped year, according to Peter King of Sports Illustrated.

Both owners and the players association have had two meetings, but new NFLPA boss DeMaurice Smith is concerned over the lack of progress on an agreement being reached.

If for some reason an agreement is not reached between the owners and players, could we possibly see the UFL as the only pro league on television in a few years? Only time will tell.

Michael Huyghue, the commissioner of the UFL, along with the help of many others, have already helped the UFL make a small, but safe name for themselves, and not one down has even been played yet.

With the recent television agreements with the UFL and both HDNet and Versus to broadcast the games, it could very well be a nice start for the upcoming league.

After compiling a good list of players and NFL hopefuls that plan to use the UFL as a place to shine, the inaugural UFL draft was held earlier this summer, and each team now has a base in place.

J.P. Losman, arguably the best player and most marketable player for the UFL, will be the quarterback of the Las Vegas franchise. Losman, being a former first round pick in the NFL draft, could definitely help get the UFL some looks and consideration among the NFL fan base.

It will be interesting to see how well the UFL does after a year or two and what happens with the NFL and the Players Association.

The UFL could very well be the only football we are watching in the 2011 season. The only question is…who will you be rooting for?