NFL Minor League?
Since someone did away with the board for general NFL news (re: not rivals, not Bears), I'll just post this here and say it's not my fault.
New USFL aims to be true NFL minor league
Posted by Mike Florio on April 1, 2012, 9:49 AM EDT
The USFL is back.
The four-letter league from the 1980s that started with modest aspirations and then allowed success to go to its head, prompting a Trumped-up failed competition with the NFL and a successful lawsuit that yielded just enough to buy 60 percent of a five-dollar footlong, plans to return as a true NFL minor league.
52-year-old Jamie Cuadra has acquired the brand, and he plans to launch a cost-conscious league with teams in cities that have neither pro football nor major league baseball.
Jim Steeg, who served as COO of the Chargers and organized the Super Bowl for 34 years, is assisting the effort in an unpaid (for now) capacity. “I like the idea a lot,” Steeg tells Nick Canepa of U-T San Diego. “I haven’t talked to anyone who thinks the idea sucks. If you truly believe a triple-A spring football league has merit, this is the way to go. It’s not meant to compete with the NFL. It will give players the opportunity to develop. There are 3,000 football players and only 1,800 roster spots in the NFL. Particularly with the NFL’s new CBA, I think this kind of thing has a different place.”
Players will receive $3,000 to $3,500 per game, far more than the Arena League pays. And the NFL will have “unfettered access” to the players, allowing them to leave whenever they want.
Target cities include Akron, Ohio, Portland, San Jose, Salt Lake City, Sacramento, Austin, Texas, Memphis, Raleigh-Durham, N.C., Birmingham, Ala., Omaha, Neb., and Baton Rouge, La.
The USFL also hopes to hire a Commissioner with “Hall of Fame credentials,” with Cuadra in the background running the business.
“I’m one of those guys who always said when other people got things started: ‘That’s a great idea. Why didn’t I think of that?’” Cuadra said. “That’s what I’m doing. It’s a romantic idea, but a romantic idea with legs.”
It’s definitely a good idea, and it would be an even better idea if the games were played during actual football season, in cities that have neither NFL nor major-college football, with a direct NFL association and baseball-style call-up and send-down pipelines.
Dont really see the need for one, since football careers are so short anyway, and College Football acts like the "minor league" anyway.
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Definitely a cool idea, but with the regular season being as short as it is (# of games) I can't see a lot of cohesion being achieved - especially if guys can be sent up/down whenever. Guy has 2 great small-time games, gets called up. Then has 2 SHITTY big-time games, gets sent back down. How are you supposed to really learn anything if you aren't given time with it? Unless moves are made on a season-to-season basis I see this being detrimental to player growth.
Yes, but I think this takes advantage of the college kid who doesn't get drafted and suddenly realizes he went to college and didn't get an education.
Originally Posted by Jimmors
Yes, but he's still playing and getting a paycheck. Which might be his best option.
Originally Posted by Bear-allax
surely this was an April Fool's Day article?
Actually... no, it wasn't.
And stop calling me Shirley.
Last edited by matsellah; 04-02-2012 at 05:59 AM.