For those of you who are too young, the United States Football League (USFL) was a league that competed against the NFL back in the middle 1980’s that featured great future NFL players such as Steve Young and Jim Kelly. It also almost forced the NFL to create a merger due to the popularity of the league.
However, a merger never occurred and just like the XFL and other leagues it collapsed and has been forgotten by many. At my age, I do not remember the XFL and was not alive when the USFL was around. I did, however, get to go to Arena Football League (AFL) games. I absolutely loved them and while I do not know why, AFL games just felt different than NFL games.
The number one part of the "New USFL" that peaked my interest has to be the new rules. While these rules are not new, they are much different from the NFL rules. Like the XFL, the commissioner wants to drive the fan's curiosity.
There will be no preseason and will just start with the regular season. This rule was adopted from the World Football League. Earning points will also allow field goals that are more than 50 yards will be worth four points instead of three.
Also, another rule from the XFL will be adopted in which a two-point conversion from the ten yard line will actually be worth three points. A brand new rule will change safeties from two to four points.
The season's layout will be similar to the Arena Football League. The season will start in Febuary or March and end in early July. I personally love this plan, as it gives me something to watch during the offseason of the NFL and college football seasons. Now, it is not that I do not enjoy watching the NBA and college basketball seasons, but football just happens to be my favorite sport.
The USFL should survive for a long time, since it does not have to go against the NFL or college football and the summer is when things should heat up, since the only other sport will be baseball.
Unlike the UFL, the USFL should not be canceled within their first five years. The USFL already had its name known from the eighties and is in a good slot for the season. They are not up against anything come summer time and the league is much bigger than the UFL, which gives more small cities chances to earn money. This strategy is what the Arena Football League did, which is a major reason why the league lasted for 20 years.
Like the Arena Football League, the USFL will most likely get players who were not successful in the NFL and want a second chance to redeem themselves. Also like the old USFL, it should give players a jumping board to the NFL. The players will get a chance to improve on their skills before they become a free agent. Greats like Steve Young, Jim Kelly, and Herschel Walker all used the USFL as a jumping board to the NFL.
The USFL will be back in 2011 and should become very popular quickly taking players from college who didn't get drafted or just decide to join the USFL. Fans of smaller cities and in states that don't have an NFL team may finally get a taste of what it is like to have a pro team in their city. The USFL will excite many and give unlucky fans a chance to see a pro team in action in their own state and at a much lower price.