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UFL Nears End of Its Season and End of Its Existence

ORLANDO, FL - OCTOBER 22:  UFL signage during the game between the California Redwoods and the Florida Tuskers at the Florida Citrus Bowl on October 22, 2009 in Orlando, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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Kyle SkovCorrespondent IIDecember 27, 2016

Been watching the UFL lately? Nope, didn’t think so.

It is a league that conceptually has a great idea. They essentially wanted to be a minor league for the NFL, much like the D-League for the NBA, AHL for the NHL and the farm systems that baseball has.

The creators of the league realized how many players were being pumped out of college each year and saw the potential in becoming a place for these players to grow and eventually make the transition to the NFL.

There is one issue.

Right now, the two leagues are not affiliated, and even though there have been talks of the NFL buying the UFL in the past, nothing has ever materialized.

This means that right now, the UFL is a feeder-league that is not feeding anybody.

This also means that the UFL does not have the long-term investment to survive, and although the idea is great, they are not attracting the people to keep the league afloat.

So after deciding on shortening the season from 10 games to six, the league has played four and are ready for the championship.

How do decisions like this happen so fast?

It all comes down to the logistics of money. If you cannot pay all those involved to have the organization run, you go bankrupt.

So the UFL is rushing their season—and the life of the league with it.

It is a shame, because the league never got to blossom into what it was fundamentally created to be. All those men who are coming out of college only to go undrafted or those who are just not ready for the pro game have no place to be groomed.

Undoubtedly, someone else will try this type of idea in the future.

But for now, the NFL has no partner—and maybe that is the way it is meant to be.

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