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UFL’s refusal to waive $150,000 “transfer fee” after season ends gets players riled up

UFL teams have lured former and/or prospective NFL players to join the minor league by pitching them on the possibility that a strong showing on the second tier could propel them back to the highest level of the sport.

And so our report from Tuesday regarding Commissioner Michael Huyghue’s decision to enforce the $150,000 “transfer fee” through the end of February has triggered an angry response from UFL players who hope to wrap up the 2010 football season with another shot at playing in the NFL.

We’ve heard that some players threatened to walk off the practice field after becoming aware of the report, and that they stayed only after their teams promised to try to persuade Commissioner Michael Huyghue not to use the provision as a revenue-generation device.

Whether Huyghue eventually sees the light remains to be seen.  If he doesn’t, the UFL will feature only players who have no desire or realistic shot at returning to the NFL.

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13 Responses to “UFL’s refusal to waive $150,000 “transfer fee” after season ends gets players riled up”
  1. toe4 says: Nov 17, 2010 7:03 PM

    If the players were promised a certain thing and then not given that couldn’t they just walk and join the NFL and make enough money to cover the difference plus any legal issue when suit and countersuit are filed and come out about the same financially plus they have their shot at the NFL?

  2. dirtdawg55 says: Nov 17, 2010 7:25 PM

    I thought the UFL already featured players with no realistic shot at returning to the NFL. They just haven’t comet understand that yet. Of course, there is always the hope the Redskins could sign them, but thats not a return to a NFL caliber team either.

  3. a11star75 says: Nov 17, 2010 7:43 PM

    @Dirtdawg55: Jokes are funny if they actually make fun of something, but that fact that 30% of UFL players from 2009 signed contracts with NFL team following the season. Your comment is ignorant and obviously a bad joke.

  4. NoHomeTeam says: Nov 17, 2010 7:44 PM

    So much for providing a “quality alternative” to the NFL.

    They play midweek games . . .
    . . . which are televised on a network no one gets.
    They launched the league with franchises in New York and San Francisco, where there were already entrenched NFL fan-bases
    They completely ignore the second largest market in the country, which is by the way devoid of NFL teams.

    Now they have this brilliant plan to ensure that no NFL-caliber player will want to sign with with the league? I really wanted this thing to work, but come one,now. This is just ridiculous.

  5. Ryan Forsyth says: Nov 17, 2010 7:58 PM

    Wow, the UFL is owned by some smart business people. You’d think they would have had enough sense to hire a smart commissioner.

  6. elcraphead says: Nov 17, 2010 8:44 PM

    Useless Football League…..

  7. dolphinatic says: Nov 17, 2010 9:22 PM

    UFL doesn’t have many chips to play at the table. Holding would-be/has been/could-be players hostage with a “transfer” fee is a shrewd move. Going all in this early is ballsy. Feast or famine…. I’m guessing famine.

  8. stanklepoot says: Nov 17, 2010 9:30 PM

    Well, the teams themselves could override any decision the commissioner makes rather easily. Simply make a deal with their players that if they do get the opportunity to sign with an NFL team that their UFL team will agree to cut them. The UFL team in question would lose a player, but gain an edge in player recruitment. They could also agree to sign the players to one season contracts that end after the last game of the season. If they’re no longer under contract, then the league can’t charge a fee for them to go to the NFL.

  9. FinFan68 says: Nov 17, 2010 9:48 PM

    Similar to what Trump tried with the USFL. It was a good league but it tried to take on the NFL much too soon. UFL is not going to last as long as they remain this fiscally stupid…well, one of the major players is Pelosi’s husband.

  10. thetooloftools says: Nov 18, 2010 1:02 AM

    What is the UFL?

  11. godofwine330 says: Nov 18, 2010 8:32 AM

    Many of the UFL players have no realistic shot at the NFL, but they do have hope that there may be a slim tiny chance. This fee will make that slim tiny chance much smaller, and there is nothing worse than totally erasing a sliver of hope dream. It’s like a woman who isn’t sure she wants kids gets told that she can’t have kids. She’s heartbroken because she at least wants to have a chance, a choice, and that was taken from her.

  12. techstar25 says: Nov 18, 2010 9:09 AM

    Why are people getting so riled up over what, at this point, is merely a rumor, credited to an anonymous source? This is crazy.
    This is a good example of Florio manufacturing his own news.

  13. BC says: Nov 18, 2010 9:36 AM

    The league will be kaput in two years. Who cares.

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