As of midnight EST on Friday, the NFL had officially locked out its players, thereby making the league's first work stoppage since 1987 almost a foregone conclusion.
Let me ask you a question. Have you heard the saying, "One man's trash is another man's treasure?"
In layman's terms, the phrase means that someone's unappreciated object or failure in some respect leads to another man's valuable find or success.
Thus, in the midst of the NFL lockout a vast majority of us, the fans, will attempt to find some way to fill the void of having no NFL football next season, if the situation comes to that.
That's where the United Football League comes into play.
The UFL is, by many accounts, attempting to eventually become a developmental league to the NFL similar to the NBA D-League.
Those plans have long seemed unrealistic, as the league is experiencing severe financial problems. It lost between $45-50 million in 2010 and owes approximately $6 million to creditors, according to an article in the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
However, as a result of the lockout multiple NFL players have been rumored to be interested in temporarily joining the UFL for its 2011 season.
UFL commissioner Michael Huyghue confirmed recently that a 2011 season will take place despite the league's financial troubles, opening the door for potentially increased profit as well as something to fill the fans' void during the lockout.
Increased exposure and an influx of NFL players could lead to a much-needed increase in revenue for the UFL, which would help the third-year league avoid the fate of its predecessors, the USFL and the XFL, both of which folded soon after their beginnings.
The talent will obviously not be up to the NFL's level, but the prospect of seeing former NFL stars Daunte Culpepper (Sacramento Mountain Lions), Jeff Garcia (Omaha Nighthawks) and Ahman Green (Omaha) as well as infamous former Ohio State running back Maurice Clarett (Omaha) go to battle every week is certainly an intriguing consolation.
As far as where to find the UFL's games on television, the games will be carried by Versus as well as HDNet starting this August.