Munich – Time and time again, American sports entrepreneurs are trying to spend time without NFL and college football this spring on new league projects. On April 16, a new project is launched with the United States Football League (USFL).
From 1982 to 1986, there was a football league in the United States called the USFL. One of its founders should be known: Former US President Donald Trump participated in the project as a young investor. The first edition of the USFL included Hall of Famers Steve Young and Reggie White, some of the players who later became stars in the NFL.
After, among other things, Trump insisted on moving the successful spring season to the fall and thus competing directly with the NFL, the USFL collapsed as a result of a legal dispute with the National Football League.
Key data for USFL
Eight teams will play ten matches in two divisions (north and south). There must be two matches each against teams from their own division and one match against teams from the other division.
After the regular season, the two best teams from both divisions play against each other in a semifinal. In the final in Canton, the winners of the semifinals then play for the USFL Championship.
Who owns the league and where is it played?
The owner of the new league is the American television station “Fox Sports”. Within three years, the broadcaster wants to invest a guaranteed $ 150 to $ 250 million in waste management. In addition, it is hoping for $ 250 million from investors. As president of the league, sports entrepreneur Brian Woods oversees the operation.
The headquarters are in Birmingham, Alabama. All matches in the first season must be played there in “Protective Stadium” and in “Legion Field” to prevent long failures due to quarantines caused by a corona bubble.
The USFL Finals are scheduled to be played in Canton, Ohio at the Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. The stadium has a capacity of 20,000 and is located near the Pro Football Hall of Fame building.
Which teams will be there?
The USFL’s North Division will consist of the Michigan Panthers, New Jersey Generals, Philadelphia Stars and Pittsburgh Maulers. To the south, the Birmingham Stallions, Houston Gamblers, New Orleans Breakers and Tampa Bay Bandits go head to head.
The draft took place on 22 and 23 February, from 21 March the teams will meet in training camps. Each team starts the season with a list of 38 players, as well as a training team of seven people. Players receive a base salary and win bonuses.
The first match is between the Birmingham Stallions and the New Jersey Generals.
Which famous faces are active in the USFL?
Probably the biggest name in the USFL is Jeff Fisher. The former head coach of the NFL teams Tennessee Titans and St. The Louis / LA Rams will lead the Michigan Panthers into the season.
Mike Riley of the New Jersey Generals also worked as the head coach of the NFL for three years when he coached Kansas City. The other coaches in the league were active as head coaches in college football or as assistants in the NFL.
The first pick in the draft was Shea Patterson, former Michigan Wolverines college quarterback, and the second pick was Jordan Ta’Amu. He was the best player in the XFL, the last league so far to try to establish himself in the spring, but which had to close after five days of play due to the corona pandemic.
How Much Money Do USFL Players Make?
Active players will earn a base salary of $ 45,000 for the season, while Practice Squad members are expected to earn $ 15,000. The prize pool per game is $ 850 per win and an additional $ 10,000 for the championship.
For this, players must pay their own rent. The league offers hotel rooms for $ 75 per night. night, with the possibility of two players sharing a room.
USFL players and staff are given the opportunity to obtain a college degree without tuition or credit. This is guaranteed by a partnership with a private education provider and a university.
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