They weren't considered crazy or outlandish at the time - remember, the AFL/NFL merger (a COMPLETE league merger) had just finalized five years prior, the WHA/NHL merger was on the horizon, the ABA/NBA merger was also on the horizon... it was a golden era for upstart leagues. Even the Continental League baseball experiment was just 15 years prior.
Imagine the potential of the Intercontinental Football League if they hadn't had direct competition with the WFL.
Imagine the potential of the USFL if they hadn't A) switched to a fall season, or B) "won" the $1 judgment against the NFL.
Imagine the potential of the WLAF if it had been marketed as a true minor league.
Imagine the potential of the CFL in America if they had a proper marketing plan, and didn't have to compete directly with 4-down football in the same region.
Imagine the potential of the XFL if they hadn't been marketed as "X-treme entertainment", and run by wrestling entertainment executives.
The UFL had a franchise right here in my home state. There was zero (repeat, ZERO) media coverage of the Colonials at all. In other words, other than minor league fans like ourselves, nobody cared.
The A11FL, which was going to use the innovative A11 formation, failed to get off the ground, and they are now allegedly moving toward traditional football. I guess people just don't care about 'innovation' or anything different.
Cool new rules be damned. 3 downs, 150 yard fields, rouges in the CFL... the A11 formation in the eponymous league... Nobody cares. Quicker play clock? Not really going to snag people to watch an entire league because the play clock is quicker. It's a good idea, but it just isn't good enough.
As for the Colonials, people just weren't going to go see a minor league game when they could drive the same distance to watch NE, NYG, or NYJ play.
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the UFL Colonials averaged about 15k a game, they did draw well.
http://www.bradenton.com/2015/08/18/594 ... .html?rh=1
The Premier Sports Campus in Lakewood Ranch has submitted construction plans to the county that show its intention to build a stadium that can hold thousands of soccer and football fans. It would be the first such facility at the 145-acre complex.
Planned for the nearest of the campus' 22 fields to its entry drive along Post Boulevard, the stadium will feature four sets of grandstands, two scoreboards, a press box and other amenities needed to host high-profile championship games. Potential users include soccer academies and the recently formed, Lakewood Ranch-based Major League Football.
"Certainly everyone at Major League Football is excited about the new stadium at the Premier Sports Complex," said Nick Athan, a spokesman for the league. "I could see where Major League Football would consider live game scrimmages and other special events inside the new stadium."
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http://www.sportsbusinessdaily.com/Dail ... mplex.aspxUFL Teams With Casa Grande, Arizona, To Build Training Complex
The United Football League (UFL), which is scheduled to launch with six teams in fall of '09, has partnered with the city of Casa Grande, Arizona, to build a training complex on property adjacent to the Francisco Grande Hotel & Golf Resort. The $20M athletic facility will encompass eight playing fields, four field houses, a sports training and rehabilitation center, locker rooms, office space and other amenities for UFL's use. The UFL will train three of its teams together in Casa Grande while the other three teams will train in a similar environment in a location still to be finalized. Meanwhile, the UFL has partnered with Landor Associates, a strategic brand and design consultancy, on a new logo. The league also has launch a new Web site at http://www.ufl-football.com. In January, the UFL will announce cities, owners and stadiums. Some cities that are in final negotiations and/or are being discussed by the UFL to house a franchise include Hartford, Las Vegas, L.A., Monterrey, Mexico, N.Y., Orlando, Salt Lake City and S.F. The UFL also is in negotiations with a national sports cable network for a weekly national primetime game.
In any case, yeah, that UFL complex never exactly happened. Even though they DID play games after that, they didn't build that complex at all, if memory serves.
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Mid-sized football stadiums will be centerpieces of five new developments and are expected to be ready for league to kick off inaugural season in 2014
San Diego The United States Football League (USFL) announced today that it has signed a confidential agreement with an established real estate development company to build multiple commercial developments throughout the United States, with the centerpiece of each development to be a mid-sized stadium to host a USFL team.
The USFL and its development partner have identified and secured the first five of these markets and plan to begin construction on stadiums to seat up to 20,000 fans in time for the league's inaugural season, which is scheduled to kick off in the spring of 2014. The markets include locations in Southern California, Texas, Louisiana and Alabama.
Additionally, the USFL has made significant strides toward bringing a team to Ohio, and has been working closely with multiple other cities to ensure that it reaches its goal of securing teams in eight markets for its debut season.
"It is still the USFL's goal to secure eight teams for our launch in 2014, and we feel that with a mixture of joint-ventured teams and other ownership groups we will achieve our goal," said Jaime Cuadra, the USFL's President and CEO. "Due to the delicate nature of the development process, we will wait to disclose the specific cities until a later date."
Each development will contain a USFL football stadium, a sports and entertainment complex and residential and retail space. The USFL and its development partner plan to build the new developments across the spectrum of small, mid-size and large markets, with the goal of bringing economic development to underserved areas and creating jobs and a sustainable economy for these selected cities.
In striking this deal, the USFL gains an experienced development partner with the resources and ability to quickly construct stadiums that will fit the needs of an emerging and state-of-the-art sports league. The development company benefits by securing an anchor tenant for developments in five of its locations across the United States.
A significant part of the league's vision for operating its teams in these new markets is to ensure that the league's presence makes a positive impact on communities. Each of the new developments is designed to benefit their communities by creating more than 3,000 employment opportunities in industries such as construction, retail and hospitality while providing new, affordable housing options and increasing and sustaining commerce within the city limits. Additionally, throughout the year each USFL team will contribute to ongoing community service efforts that to better the community in which they play.
"We're tremendously excited about this partnership," Cuadra said. "Not only is this a milestone achievement as far as moving us closer to kicking off in 2014, but it will help us tremendously as we move forward with securing sponsorships, negotiating media packages and eventually bringing aboard general managers, coaches and players."
The USFL is designed to allow players an opportunity to play professionally, with the aim of continued development for its athletes. The league will be structured as a single-entity business. All player and coach contracts will be owned by the USFL, and each team owner will be a member-operator of the league.
The USFL will operate independently of other professional football organizations, but will establish a collaborative environment with similar entities in order to create the relationships that provide its players and personnel with the best opportunity for exposure and training to advance their careers to the highest level of the sport.
The USFL will endeavor to prepare players for life after playing football by providing mentorship and counsel to expand the athletes' awareness of opportunities inside and, especially, outside of football. Additionally, the USFL plans to enhance the fan experience by providing greater access to its players and employing technology to improve the viewing experience for its fans.
About The United States Football League
The United States Football League, LLC, a Delaware LLC, is a professional spring outdoor football league owned by EndZone Sports Management and is headquartered in San Diego, Calif. Jaime Cuadra is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the USFL. The USFL's vision is to provide a high-level competitive environment to help develop players that will compete at the highest level of the sport, while also preparing its players for succeeding as professionals in life on and off of the field during and after their football careers. While the USFL initially operated from 1983-87, the new USFL plans to debut in the spring of 2014 by fielding eight teams nationwide to play a 14-game season, including a four-team playoff tournament, and providing fans with an exciting and innovative brand of football. The USFL plans to adopt all playing rules of the National Football League. For more information on the USFL, please visit the USFL online at http://www.theusfl.net and via social media on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/TheUSFL) and on Twitter (@TheUSFL).