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SteelersMongol
12-02-2008, 07:57 AM
United Football League eyeing Vick

Is there football life for Michael Vick after his scheduled release from federal prison next summer? According to Michael Huyghue, commissioner of the United Football League that is set to launch next fall, the answer is yes. "I do think he would be the type of player that would be a great player for this league," Huyghue told the Daily News, echoing remarks he made to Sports Illustrated in August. "I still continue to believe that we might prove to be the best type of buffer for a player like Michael Vick before he returns to the NFL. Obviously there are some things that would have to happen. No one has a crystal ball. Presumably he would still be suspended." Huyghue is fully aware of the possible backlash from entertaining the idea of giving Vick a second chance.

http://www.fannation.com/truth_and_rumors/nfl?eref=fromSI

As I was reading this news, this is the first time I've learned about this league. Dug around a little found this on wikipedia.com

The United Football League is a professional American Football league being organized by William Hambrecht, a Wall Street investor and former minority partner in the USFL's Oakland Invaders, and Tim Armstrong, a senior executive at Google. Mark Cuban, owner of the NBA's Dallas Mavericks, was the first to publicly profess interest in owning a franchise.

The league, which is still in its infancy, plans to play games on Friday nights, which would put it in direct competition with high school football. The NFL, on the other hand, is prohibited under the federal anti-trust exemption law (15 U.S.C. 1291) from broadcasting any professional game within seventy-five miles of any inter-collegiate or inter-scholastic (high school) game on any Friday (after 6:00 PM) or Saturday, beginning with the 2nd Friday in September, and ending the 2nd Saturday in December (15 U.S.C. 1293). In essence, the UFL would be the only pro game in town.

Cuban has said that he believes the league will fill its rosters with quality players selected late in the NFL Draft, undrafted free agents, or players that are released by NFL teams.

Between six and eight teams will compete in the inaugural season, which was originally scheduled for August 2008. The league initially intended to place these teams in markets (including a few outside the United States) where the NFL had no presence.

Despite a June 2007 report in The New York Times indicating that teams were already being set up in Las Vegas, Mexico City and Los Angeles, no franchises have yet been officially established and Mexico City is now seen as unlikely to land a team in the league's inaugural season.

Expected to announce its first six franchises by the end of March 2008, the UFL instead saw that month pass with no team locations having been finalized. According to fan website "UFLAccess", the league's opening games have now been pushed back a year to August 2009 to allow for more time to attract owner-investors, negotiate a TV broadcast deal and build league branding.

Teams

It is rumored that the UFL will field teams in Hartford, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York, Orlando and San Francisco. It was later announced that the league is also looking for expansion in Monterrey and Salt Lake City.

Teams ------------ City
-Hartford ---------- East Hartford, CT
-Las Vegas ------ Las Vegas, NV
-Los Angeles ---- Los Angeles area
-Monterrey -------- Monterrey, Mexico
-New York -------- New York, NY
-Orlando ---------- Orlando area
-Salt Lake City --- Salt Lake City area
-San Francisco -- San Francisco Bay area

Other markets originally considered before being narrowed down included Austin, Texas, Birmingham, Alabama, Colombus, Ohio, Louisville, Kentucky, Memphis, Tennessee, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Raleigh, North Carolina, and San Antonio, Texas. London, England and Mexico City, Mexico were also considered for international franchises.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Football_League_(planned)

What do you guys think?

SteelersMongol
12-02-2008, 07:59 AM
And you guys can check out their official site, and if you like you can even help with suggesting some teams' names at http://www.ufl-football.com/.

KeiselPower99
12-02-2008, 08:22 AM
In my opinion more football is a great thing. But just like the XFL itll be branded as subpar and dismissed.

fansince'76
12-02-2008, 08:28 AM
IMO, the UFL will have to wait, because Vick isn't going to play bush league ball for minimum wage when there will be at least one NFL team still stupid enough to take a chance on him.

In fact, I think I can pretty much script the way the next 2-4 years are going to play out for Vick. He'll be released from the federal pen in July of '09, if not a little sooner, and some NFL team (more than likely a bottom-feeding team with a history of making boneheaded personnel moves) will offer him a veteran minimum contract laden with incentives. When it's proven beyond any doubt that Vick spent the last couple years of his athletic peak wasting away inside a cellblock of a federal pen and no longer has the speed and elusiveness to cut it at the NFL level (let's face it, it wasn't his passing skills that kept him in a NFL uniform all those years in Atlanta), he'll be unceremoniously cut loose. He'll then more than likely take the Lawrence Phillips route to the CFL for a couple years before finally and completely fading away into obscurity, unless, of course, he gets in legal trouble again.

TailgateMel
12-02-2008, 08:38 AM
It is surprizing that there is really no true minor league football, there is minor league baseball, hockey & basketball.. but no football... I'm not sure if that is what the UFL is going for directly.. but, with no NFL Europe, I would think this would be a great opportunity for a lot of guys and would be fun for those in markets without an NFL team...

edit.. I guess I never realized there is minor league football...
http://www.minorleaguefootballnews.com/default.asp?sourceid=&smenu=91&twindow=Default&mad=No&sdetail=&wpage=&skeyword=&sidate=&ccat=&ccatm=&restate=&restatus=&reoption=&retype=&repmin=&repmax=&rebed=&rebath=&subname=&pform=&sc=2576&hn=minorleaguefootballnews&he=.com

KeiselPower99
12-03-2008, 08:09 AM
I would actually like to see this league take off and place teams in markets where there isnt NFL. Like Canton Ohio. And with no NFL minor league this is a good place for guys to go and make a name and try to get in.

I_Bleed_Black_And_Gold
12-05-2008, 01:21 AM
The Cowboys will pick up Vick.

KeiselPower99
12-05-2008, 08:12 AM
No Cincy will pick him up.

xfl2001fan
12-05-2008, 08:31 AM
It is surprizing that there is really no true minor league football, there is minor league baseball, hockey & basketball.. but no football... I'm not sure if that is what the UFL is going for directly.. but, with no NFL Europe, I would think this would be a great opportunity for a lot of guys and would be fun for those in markets without an NFL team...

edit.. I guess I never realized there is minor league football...
http://www.minorleaguefootballnews.com/default.asp?sourceid=&smenu=91&twindow=Default&mad=No&sdetail=&wpage=&skeyword=&sidate=&ccat=&ccatm=&restate=&restatus=&reoption=&retype=&repmin=&repmax=&rebed=&rebath=&subname=&pform=&sc=2576&hn=minorleaguefootballnews&he=.com

I played HS football in WV and the field that our team used as a home field we shared with a minor league team known as the West Virginia Lightning. I used to work conessions at those games to try and earn some extra cash. (The pay sucked!)

xfl2001fan
12-05-2008, 08:34 AM
In my opinion more football is a great thing. But just like the XFL itll be branded as subpar and dismissed.

I don't know about that. Look at the Arena Football League. It's pretty darn popular now. It's clearly not NFL caliber...so it might meet your definition of subpar...but it has it's own niche.

So long as the UFL understands that it's not going to usurp the NFL and keeps a tightly controlled budget in place, there should be no reason why it couldn't flourish. I would just ensure that it's a spring/summer league.

nojobny
12-05-2008, 08:37 AM
In my opinion more football is a great thing. But just like the XFL itll be branded as subpar and dismissed.

Ahh the XFL... my favorite part of that was Rod Smart's jersey

http://www.bohemiancinema.com/assets/images/journal/xfl_hehateme.jpg

T.Richardson
12-05-2008, 05:06 PM
XFL is a brutal sport, but really entertaining.

steelreserve
12-10-2008, 03:48 PM
What do you guys think?

I think that if they started a team in the Bay Area, it would probably be better than the 49ers or the Raiders. So good move.

KeiselPower99
12-11-2008, 08:09 PM
With the cancellation of the Arena league this year alot of good players will be able to help them out.

SteelCityKingsVP
12-11-2008, 08:26 PM
How about the lions? I think they'll try to pick up Vick

KeiselPower99
02-03-2009, 08:33 PM
I read that Jim Fassel has been tagged as the UFL Vegas Head Coach. Alot of rumors about this league right now. From what I understand they are gonna start out with 6 teams and play a 10 week schedule with a championship game around Thanksgiving. The franchises will be placed in the following cities: Vegas L.A.,Orlando, NY, Hartford CT, and San Fransico. Personally I think they would be better off trying to become a spring league not competition to the NFL.

jev7452
02-03-2009, 08:43 PM
i definitely think that it would be the raiders to pick him up.. lions might such but i dont think theyd be that "boneheaded"