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UFL Moves 2011 Season Game Schedule to September Through November

The United Football League today announced that it is moving its 2011 season game schedule to begin in mid-September, consistent with the past two years.  The new season had been slated to begin on August 13, 2011.

“We originally moved up our season to meet fan demand during the slow month of August,” said UFL Commissioner MICHAEL HUYGHUE.  “We felt, and still feel, that playing meaningful games during August would benefit the UFL.  Unfortunately the uncertainty gripping pro sports given the NFL and NBA lockouts created a destabilizing impact throughout the industry.  Ultimately this delayed our ability to secure television agreements and other related business matters.

“We believe though that the added time will allow for some necessary housekeeping that will strengthen our product and our brand.  Any time you have to change your plans midstream it is obviously disappointing.  As such, we have decided to resume our normal game schedule.  This will allow us the necessary time to finalize our television agreements and other critical business affairs.”

Although players have reported to training camp, they will return home at league expense and return to camp in mid-August with the season opener slated for mid-September.  Several players will remain in each market to promote their teams.  All team coaching staff will remain in place.

UFL owner and founder BILL HAMBRECHT said: “Our ownership group is committed to funding our 2011 season.  Uncertainty and instability in professional sports, notwithstanding, we believe fully in our investment, our product and the UFL mission.”

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Season ticket holders may receive a full refund for any tickets they wish to return, while existing tickets will be honored for corresponding revised home games.  Information for fans and season ticket holders regarding the new game schedule will be posted at www.UFL-Football.com.  When a new opening weekend date has been confirmed, the Hartford Colonials, Las Vegas Locos, Omaha Nighthawks, Sacramento Mountain Lions and Virginia Destroyers will reschedule training camps accordingly.

Letter from Commissioner Huyghue

Dear Fans,

Today we announced that the 2011 United Football League season will now kickoff in mid-September as opposed to August 13 as originally announced. At the conclusion of last season we announced that we would play in August because we believed then, and now, that playing in August provides a compelling opportunity for us to offer meaningful games during the NFL preseason. At the time we could not have predicted that the uncertainty of the NFL and NBA lockouts would create a destabilizing, negative impact throughout the professional sports industry.

The uncertainty that gripped pro sports delayed many essential business agreements until late in the offseason. In order to provide the product that UFL fans have grown to expect after two seasons we decided it was in the best interest of our fans, our players, our staff and our brand to push back kickoff. Our ownership group, our staff and the entire UFL family remains committed to providing a great 2011 season.

Players and Coaches had arrived in our cities to prepare for the season. Many of them will now depart for a few weeks at league expense. We will announce a new training camp and season schedule shortly which will provide a timeline for their return. Some players and coaches will remain in our cities to help market their team.

We are appreciative of your support. We began this venture during the worst economy of our lifetime. In recent years the economy has shown little improvement and, even during a time of hardship for many of you, it is your support that has sustained us. More than 400,000 of you have attended our games. Many more have tuned in to our telecasts. We intend to provide the same great football and experiences that you have supported through our first two seasons in 2011 and beyond.

We will offer refunds for those who may not be available to attend all of our games given the new schedule. We will reward your loyalty with a great product, a great experience and additional incentives to thank you for your loyalty. We know that no incentive can match your dedication but we want you to know how important you are to all of us here at the UFL.

I look forward to seeing you at our games beginning in mid-September. Our Coaches and our players are fired up and ready to provide you with great games throughout the season and I cannot wait to see which team ends up winning the UFL Championship Game this season.

Photo Courtesy of www.ufl-football.com

Source: http://www.ufl-football.com/news/ufl-moves-2011-season-game-schedule-september-through-november

 

 

 

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