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New USFL – Spring Football Returns in 2010

Rival League from the ’80s on the Table Again; All it Takes is $1 and a Dream

Are you ready for some (more) football? I’m sure the answer is ‘yes,’ especially with the “one-year hiatus” of the Arena Football League. Back from the dead comes the reincarnation of perhaps the best rival to the NFL since the AFL merger, and this time we won’t even have to deal with that annoying Donald Trump trying to be a sports guy.

Scheduled for 2010, the New USFL (www.newusfl.com) will be on the landscape. Break out the mullets and Duran Duran albums! Gridiron from the tackiest of decades will be making a triumphant return after a quarter century. And I must admit that I’m a little pumped up for it.

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Games will be played in the spring and I suppose that they can use that $1 court settlement to get things off the ground when Trump and the boys sued the NFL back in 1985 to play in the fall. States awarded teams so far are: [Western Division] – California (2); Nevada; Portland; Texas; Louisiana. [Eastern Division] – Florida; Arkansas; New York; Michigan; Ohio; Alabama.

According to the league website, there will be a 16-game regular season, no touchbacks on kick-offs (ball spotted at the 15 if it goes out of the end zone), 4 points for a field goal over 50 yards, 3-point PAT from 10 yards out, one foot inbounds for a catch, no kneel downs, 4-point safeties and the ssame OT rules as in college.

Also, fans can buy stock in any of the teams. That sounds like something the United Football League has been trying, but still hasn’t gotten off the ground.

Can this work? Absolutely, as long as the league knows where it stands. The NFL will never be touched by any league in any sport in this country. So keeping that in mind, they can play a full schedule during the offseason and maintain some type of fan base.

What will be key is where the teams will play. Full-sized arenas are very important and with the shaky economy, paying rent at a 70,000-seat venue hoping to get good attendance may be too much to ask for. If teams play at small or D2 college stadiums, that will take a lot of the energy and ‘mystique’ away that this is a serious professional league. The XFL and the original USFL played in large venues, but much of the time the dreaded ‘black drape’ was part of the upper deck.

The league has set up an Advisory Committee that includes some former NFL and USFL players, Jack Youngblood (former LA Ram) being the most recognizable.

Capital was never an issue with the original league until the end and many an NFL star began his career playing in the USFL. Jim Kelly, Herschel Walker, Doug Flutie and Reggie White just to name a few. That probably will not be the case this time around.

The guys taking the field will be back-ups who have been released from an NFL team, hanger-ons, AFL and CFL players. Without NFL Europe and the likelihood that the AFL is gone for good, there will be a talent pool. The USFL can make a slight dent, as long as they stay away from the “He Hate Me” gimmicks.


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  1. Rob

    January 10, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    This can work if they can get a TV contract that covers salaries and medical. They need to have some “names” at QB, and in a few other places to draw in viewers. Imagine projected NFL 3rd Round pick Tim Tebow getting a chance in the USFL with the Orlando Renegades (yes they’re back) to play QB, since most are down on his chances in the NFL as a passer. Give him and some other known players two years in the league and they can get the experience to jump to the NFL and avoid the NFL’s ROOKIE SALARY CAP that is coming.

    The USFL has to get named players or it will not survive, people won’t watch it enough if the games are unknowns–you might as well put Division II football on in the spring since no one will know who is who–or care.

    The USFL could sign their star players for more than what the NFL pays mid-round picks (if they have a TV contract), plus the NFL can get a better look at these mid-round players in the USFL and offer them contracts if they show they can make it. The USFL has said they won’t hold players back from jumping to the NFL. I think it works for both leagues.

    The USFL averaged around 24,000 per game, with Chicago, Boston, Washington DC and LA really skewing that number with their pathetic fan showing. The WLAF averaged 24,000 it’s first two years before taking a break to tinker with its setup. People will go–just play where football is king and avoid the baseball cities.

    I’d rather watch the USFL than the NBA any time.

  2. wes

    July 25, 2009 at 11:52 pm

    why is there no Denver Gold. They are the ONLY USFL team to ever make a profit. They also had the most fans sho up to the games.

  3. tim pogar

    September 10, 2009 at 6:19 am

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  4. tim pogar

    September 10, 2009 at 6:20 am

    how do we get to be a team
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  5. John Sandora

    October 22, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    This time around the league is not going to be attracting the top talent because the salaries will be too low.
    What the league is doing right is bringing back some of the old team names.

    But, some of the proposed rule changes have me puzzled. I absolutely deplore the idea of 4 point field goals, safeties and 3 point conversions from the 10 yard line. These rules and antics remind me too much of the failed XFL-WWF’s Tom Foolery.

    This is football, not failed arena league or XFL.

    What makes sense for rule changes is:
    1) 1 foot in bounds on pass completions.
    2) Each team gets the ball at least once in overtime.
    3) have 2 point conversions for the 1 yard line.

    My message to the new USFL: Don’t cheapen the game!

  6. anthony m. dominic

    November 10, 2009 at 11:17 pm

    u got to have most of the same teams from the old usfl or nobody will care. u have to bring back the jersey generals…tampa bandits..philly stars.. birmingham stallions …jacksonville bulls..memhis showboats…bosten breakers..and the denver gold..maybe a team from vegas and baltimore and michigan panthers..keep the old uniforms intact so fans have something to relate to.u have to have northeast rivalries i.e. philly…new jersey vs new york vs philly would be awesome…good luck im rooting for a competitive,fan friendly league.

  7. Blake

    December 27, 2009 at 12:58 am

    Will Louisiana be getting a team? What do you think will be the salaries?? over 30k atleast?

  8. Joe Pietaro

    December 27, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    The league was anticipating to kick off in 2010, but had to push it back a year. They are also in the process of redesigning their website so a lot of info should be forthcoming. I’m not exactly sure about Louisiana and the salary structure so my suggestion would be to keep checking here and http://www.newusfl.com. We are going to be doing a lot of work with the new league and will be posting any news as it comes in.

  9. Rich Kirchner

    May 22, 2010 at 4:56 am

    Nice try. Get a real reporting job. Stop inventing news.

  10. Joe Pietaro

    May 23, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    Hey Rich – While we appreciate all comments (positive and negative), please have the balls to at least state some proof with something such as this. Not only have I personally spoken to Michael Dwyer, Founder & Chairman of the new USFL, but we have been far from the only sports media outlet that has reported this.

    What I suppose pisses me off the most are people such as yourself who feel that they know more than others who are paid professionals.

    When my dentist tells me I have a cavity, I don’t question that and tell him to get “a real dental job.” If you think that we invented this, then please feel free to visit the new USFL’s official website, www. newusfl.com.

    And keep the compliments coming, pal.

  11. Randy H

    August 6, 2010 at 2:05 am

    Come hell or high water the New USFL will hit the field in the very near future. With the present situation in the country investors are slow to open the pocket books, with the reality any return on their investment may take three to five years, the risk is high and the reward is small.
    I for one see it, believe in it and plan on doing it. See you at a game!

  12. Randy H

    August 6, 2010 at 2:07 am

    Great job Joe, keep it up!

  13. Tony M

    September 8, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    Hi guys, will the Chicago Blitz be returning to the field? They were my favorite team starting out. Greg Landry was awesome, and I loved George Allen’s caoching back in that time….please bring the Blitz back…can anyone tell me?

  14. Ric Matthews

    December 13, 2010 at 7:43 am

    The main problem is the delaying of the opening kickoff, which was first slated to be 2009, when the old AFL and af2 went under, except that the AFL and the af2 combined leagues and resurfaced two years later, and still, no new USFL. Don’t get me wrong, I went to some games, and they were great. But it seems that we are hanging onto a slim thread. The Founder and Chairman stated the new USFL didn’t want to start up in 2009, and went with a 2011 with only 6 to 8 franchises, so the powers that be looked for a 2012 start up, this is four long years later when I first read about the league in 2008. We will get operations going in 2012. No team names or solid places where they are really going to play, they switch around alot, and no head coaches or players even looked at or signed at least. I believe The New USFL will not get off the ground for fear of losing capital and it would take at least three to five seasons before capital was returning to the investors. I don’t buy it, the New USFL should’ve been up and running by now. They will fold just like the other three leagues that were going to start up but never did. Keep your memories, that is all we have left, Go Denver Gold

  15. Ric Matthews

    December 13, 2010 at 8:05 am

    If the New USFL uses the old nicknames as much as possible, even with a few slight adjustments made here and there, like the proposed cities listed as the nine contenders : LA Express, San Jose Invaders, (Little Rock)Arkansas Stallions, Las Vegas Gamblers, Orlando Renegades, Baton Rouge Showboats, (West Point) New York Generals, Portland San Antonio Gunslingers,and Portland Breakers, The added franchises could choose from the existing nicknames like the Bulls, Stars, Outlaws, Wranglers, Blitz, Gold, Maulers, Bandits and the Federals. This set up would be really awesome to watch and enjoy the games The New USFL

  16. Ric Matthews

    December 19, 2010 at 9:28 am

    The big problem is that the New USFL keeps backpedalling. First it stated that there would be a kickoff season in 2008, with eight teams. Then it switched to 2009 with twelve teams, and then again switched to 2010, most of the websites show 2010, but alast it is slated for either 2011 or 2012. I do not believe this pro football league will get off the ground. Or if it does it will showcaes subpar athletics like the UFL, which has really bad players except for a small handful and the games are boring. If they did kick off and bring back the old nicknames and try to place those franchises in some of the old markets it might have a chance. But by prolonging the kickoff season is like saying we will be there and they never are. They still haven’t named any head coaches or which teams are going to be in the league, just a bunch of cities. And to make matters worse, now if you look at the website it lists the states that will have a team, not the city. It is starting to look kind of slim to none. But I would love to see the Baltimore Stars, Pittsburgh Maulers, Boston/New Orleans/POrtland Breakers, Houston Gamblers, Denver Gold, Oakland Invaders, Michigan Panthers, San Antonio Gunslingers, New Jersey Generals, Orlando Renegades, Washington Federals, Chicago Blitz, Arizona Wranglers, Oklahoma Outlaws, Birmingham Stallions, LA Express. Man Those were great games. But now days people compare the new pro football leagues to either the NFL (the best) or the XFL (the worse) so there is no margin for error. Lets all hope that these financial backers know what they are doing and get this league off the grond and up and running in no time soon.Jim Kelly, Doug Flutie, Steve Young, Reggie White, Kent Hull, Erv Eatman, Marcus Dupree, Kevin Bryant, Hershel Walker, George Allen, Jack Pardee, Marv Levy,USFL fan for life.

  17. phistuctult

    August 2, 2011 at 11:51 am

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