Poll: Who Gets An Ufl Franchise?

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Which teams make up the new UFL?

Austin
0
No votes
Birmingham
9
13%
Columbus
4
6%
Las Vegas
12
17%
Louisville
0
No votes
Memphis
7
10%
Oklahoma City
6
9%
Orlando
10
14%
Sacramento
9
13%
San Antonio
13
19%
 
Total votes: 70

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Poll: Who Gets An Ufl Franchise?

Post by Aaronhere » Wed Oct 10, 2007 4:05 pm

Ok, the list of potential cities is out:
LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles was among 12 cities announced Wednesday as possible sites for teams in the United Football League, a professional football league scheduled to begin play in August.

The other cities under consideration are Austin, Texas; Birmingham, Ala.; Columbus, Ohio; Las Vegas; Louisville, Ky.; Memphis, Tenn.; Oklahoma City; Orlando; Raleigh, N.C. Sacramento and San Antonio. Eight cities will receive teams, a league official said.

Who get's in? Who get's left out? The plan is apparently 8 teams in 2008, and 12 in 2009

Since I am limited to ten choices on the poll, I did not include Los Angeles (which will likely be in if the UFL wants TV revenue) and Raleigh, NC (limited stadium options)

I also believe New York will receive a team in 2008, meaning seven teams will likely be in for next year. My guess :|
EASTERN CONFERENCE
New York
Orlando
Birmingham
Memphis
WESTERN CONFERENCE
Los Angeles
Las Vegas
San Antonio
Oklahoma City

EXPANSION FOR 2009 - Louisville (East), London (East), Mexico City (West), Austin (West)
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Post by firewolff » Thu Oct 11, 2007 3:04 pm

I think that you are spot on for the East. I would place Sacramento in place of Oklahoma City just because it is closer to LA and Las Vegas.

In 2009, I hope they look at Portland and replace my long gone Breakers.

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Post by Minor League Man » Thu Oct 11, 2007 3:40 pm

All the minor football leagues, from the USFL to the CFL-USA to the XFL have had teams in these markets:

Birmingham
Memphis
Orlando

No reason to think they won't be in the UFL.
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Post by dletter » Sun Oct 14, 2007 12:44 am

New York won't have a team. The UFL's "motto" is playing in non-NFL markets, and I don't see them going away from that. That being said, I don't think the league would be considered if the NFL was in L.A. Having Los Angeles available makes the league viable for at least some level of national TV coverage.

Unfortunately for the league, every broadcast network either shows NFL football (CBS, FOX, NBC) or has a sister station that shows NFL games (ABC->ESPN, CW->CBS, MyNetworkTV->FOX). Obviously, ESPN won't show games either. So, that leaves two options from what I can see... Turner (TNT or TBS) or Versus. Versus is owned by Comcast, which would love nothing more than to pull the NFL a notch or two, but, the UFL would be better served for availibility by being on TNT or TBS.

Anyway, my thoughts on the markets:

Will have teams:
Los Angeles - LA being available is 75% of why the league is starting to begin with.
Las Vegas - Cuban's team will be here.

Likely to have teams:
Sacramento - 2nd largest market the league is considering
Orlando - Another fairly large market, popular "B-level" league (USFL, WLAF, XFL)
San Antonio - Fared well with the Saints, also popular in the past (USFL, WLAF, CFL)
Oklahoma City - Showed they wanted a pro level league with the Hornets

Unlikely to have a team:
Columbus - They already have Ohio State, which might as well be an NFL team there as far as popularity
Louisville - Although there football level isn't like an Ohio State, I think it's still high enough to make a UFL team unlikely to work.

That leaves 2 spots and 4 cities on the "bubble":
Birmingham & Memphis - Another two popular B-level league
Austin - Is Texas football too much to war with there?
Raliegh - As was said, hard

I think the cities with popular college football (Columbus, Austin, Louisville) are almost as foolish to go into as the NFL markets.

A few markets not being considered that have the size to have a team:
Portland, OR
Milwaukee, WI
Virginia Beach, VA

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Post by logoguru » Sun Oct 14, 2007 2:33 am

Id look for something similar to the original WLAF....without NY, but with LA.
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Post by randall » Wed Oct 17, 2007 3:08 am

The commish said he expects Orlando to have a team, in an article in the Orlando Sentinel

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Post by Timinral » Tue Nov 06, 2007 9:49 am

I don't see Raleigh having a stadium problem at all. Raleigh metro (The Triangle) has three possible stadiums within 15 miles of each other.

Keenan Stadium- UNC football - upgrading to 75,000 in Capacity
Carter finley Stadium N.C State - 65,000 in Capacity
Wallace Wade Stadium - Duke - 33,000 in Capcity

The commish has already visited wallace wade stadium. It would be perfect since the UFL is eying stadiums between 25-30,000.

In his article Nation Hahn has also implied that Raleigh is right behind LA and Vegas in ticket sales.

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Post by Pounder » Tue Nov 06, 2007 3:27 pm

Are any of them allowed to serve beer?

I wouldn't be surprised if Carter-Finley is (it's off campus IIRC). I doubt Wallace Wade is, even if it is the perfect size.

Every stadium in which you're merely "a" tenant is a problem.
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UFl to Miami

Post by rider » Tue Nov 06, 2007 6:14 pm

There is interest in bringing the UFL to Miami and the Orange Bowl. The UM has moved to Dolphin Stadium which means the building is available or they will tear it down.,

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Some Other Considerations

Post by LandRoverUT60 » Tue Nov 06, 2007 7:52 pm

What about these possibilities...?
--Toronto, ON (with the possibility of the Bills playing there, whether part- or full-time)
--Richmond/Norfolk, VA
--Charlston, SC
--Salt Lake City, UT (UFL on Fri., Utah/BYU Sat., NFL Sun.)
--Hartford, CT
--Rochester, NY
--El Paso, TX (maybe?)
--Albuquerque, NM (there were rumors of the Saints possibly headed there, though not seriously considered)
--Omaha, NE (UFL on Fri., Huskers on Sat., NFL Sun.)

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