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Post by Pounder » Fri Dec 16, 2016 10:50 pm

[quote=""LordBy2014""]or academy[/quote]

I can see some "roster enhancement" as a short term stockpiling ERRRRRRRR fix for wise teams. That's one thing. But think about the number of high schools dropping the sport. Think about the kids who can't afford the fees. That looks like the long game here. That's something that will NOT necessarily spark a league playing in third-tier cities. It might be a completely different animal.
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Post by dmbishop » Thu Dec 22, 2016 10:54 pm

From SiriusXM:
BREAKING: The NFL will have a spring league starting in the spring of 2017, structured around four squads of veteran free agent players.

Some Twitter responses:
"Great. Tyler Thigpen versus Tyler Yates."
"johnny manziel vs mike vick"
"Let's go down to the sidelines for another Ray Rice apology...."
"is it true that the @browns are being relegated to this league?"
"cool, can we call it the XFL?"
"Guys who couldn't cover anyone versus guys who dropped everything. Riveting."
"this is so dumb. Why not dudes that are rookies to 3 years removed from the draft? Vets have tape and the vet combine already"
"More crap product designed to make more money for the owners! Yay!!!"

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Post by mateinsixtynine » Fri Dec 23, 2016 12:45 am

[quote=""dmbishop""]From SiriusXM:
BREAKING: The NFL will have a spring league starting in the spring of 2017, structured around four squads of veteran free agent players.

Dave[/quote]

NFL is not involved with this league, according to NFL. This new league is called The Spring League. Only $350 to tryout.

http://www.thespringleague.com/faq

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Post by Renandpat » Fri Dec 23, 2016 12:53 am

Nothing to really see here.

http://deadspin.com/espn-others-fall-fo ... 1790423721

$350 for a player to register
No Sponsors
No Management Team, Coaching Staff nor Spokesperson Named

Plus, the Greenbrier is really, really expensive.

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Post by Fran » Fri Dec 23, 2016 3:18 am

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/20 ... roduction/

In a memo sent Thursday by Dennis Curran to all NFL teams, the league explained that the new venture will launch in 2017, and that it “is being operated by the same individual that ran the [failed] FXFL.” The purpose of the memo was to offer the teams advice on matters of sharing video footage with Spring League scouts and signing Spring League players to contracts.

The memo contains among other things a warning that the failure to comply with normal procedures when signing a player under contract with another football league “will be deemed conduct detrimental and will subject the offending club, and the responsible club employee(s), to discipline.”

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Post by Sam Hill » Fri Dec 23, 2016 4:33 am

[quote=""Fran""]http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/20 ... roduction/

In a memo sent Thursday by Dennis Curran to all NFL teams, the league explained that the new venture will launch in 2017, and that it “is being operated by the same individual that ran the [failed] FXFL
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This tells you literally everything you need to know.
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Post by Sam Hill » Fri Dec 23, 2016 4:49 am

So they're going to play a total of six games, all in West Virginia next April, and all nationally televised. (Suuuuuuuuure.)

Players have to pay $350 each (total of just $56,000 for 160 players, which will not go far) and will not get paid, though they will get housing and per diem. And they will be coached by unnamed former NFL coaches. (Presumably John Jenkins will not be one.)

And, of course, this being a Brian Woods production, apparently, there is the "we hope to establish a relationship with the NFL" thing.

Anyone who would travel to West Virginia to watch "live exhibitions" between four teams (one of whom might be called the Bolts and one the Blacktips, you think?) of players who are not getting paid deserves what they get.

Hey, get your $350 in by Jan. 31, kids!
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Post by Fran » Fri Dec 23, 2016 5:12 am

http://kickoffcoverage.com/developmenta ... -with-nfl/

The NFL on Thursday notified its 32 teams of a spring development league that will operate in April 2017 and will work with NFL veterans who do not have contracts.

The league, to be run by independent investors with no connection to the NFL, will have four teams consisting of veteran free-agent players and experienced NFL coaches. Teams will train at Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, from April 5 through April 26, and a total of six games will be played in the league.

NFL internal discussions continue on the potential for its own development league. No decisions are expected before February at the earliest. If the NFL has its own league, it would focus on young players, not veteran free agents.

While the league gets most of its players from the college ranks, NFL teams do occasionally pluck players from the Arena Football League and Canadian Football League.

NFL teams are not allowed to allocate players to the development league debuting in 2017, meaning players on current NFL rosters would not be allowed to participate in the league.

The spring league’s business model will follow a formula created in 2014 in the Fall Experimental Football League (FXFL). That league, according to the Management Council, worked with 44 of 126 players who ended up catching on with NFL rosters.

A daily schedule already has been set. Two games will be played on the 10th day of the league schedule, two on Day 16 and two on Day 20.

Some of the league’s coaches already have been determined. Terry Shea will coach quarterbacks, Mike Westhoff will coach special teams and Bob Valesente will work with defensive backs.

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Post by Sam Hill » Fri Dec 23, 2016 5:12 pm

[quote=""Fran""]
The spring league’s business model will follow a formula created in 2014 in the Fall Experimental Football League (FXFL). [/quote]

Oh, well, then. Guaranteed success.
That league, according to the Management Council, worked with 44 of 126 players who ended up catching on with NFL rosters.
I would love to see this list, because I do not recall 44 FXFL players making NFL rosters.
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Spring FXFL?

Post by LordBy2014 » Sat Dec 24, 2016 12:26 pm

If this is true that the same folks (Brian Woods) that brought us the FXFL are the ones backing this latest attempt to get an alternative league up and running, I think it is safe to say that either:

A) The season will happen with the last week of scheduled games being cancelled due to any number of reasons OR

B) The league will announce that they're postponing to 2018 . . . or 2019 due to lack of finances

As someone said earlier, please move along - nothing to see here!

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