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UFL sticking with five teams in 2011, moving season kickoff to August

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With the Florida Tuskers disbanding and the carcass becoming the Virginia Destroyers, the UFL currently has only five franchises.

The league announced today that the number will remain at five for 2011.

“We are retaining the five-team model that we know worked in 2010 and provides entertainment for our fans,” UFL Commissioner Michael Huyghue said Thursday.  “At this point in time, making a financial commitment to fielding a sixth team would be irresponsible.  It is more important that we safeguard the future of the UFL as we continue to seek expansion for future seasons.”

The UFL will launch the 2011 season in August, with the title game played in October.

“Our intent remains to begin play before the National Football League season begins, and to start incorporating Sundays into our football schedule,” Huyghue said.  “I have said before that from a fan’s standpoint, you are going to see a more competitive football game on Sundays in our regular season games, than you would in National Football League preseason games.”

Maybe the new marketing slogan will be, “The UFL:  Not as crappy as the NFL preseason.”

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9 Responses to “UFL sticking with five teams in 2011, moving season kickoff to August”
  1. jc1958coo says: Feb 10, 2011 5:07 PM

    yeahhhhhhh record attendance this year!!!!

  2. Lou Pickney says: Feb 10, 2011 5:08 PM

    Smart move by the UFL, which should be in a good spot to benefit if the NFL and the NFLPA aren’t able to reach a new CBA by the time August rolls around.

  3. mrf47 says: Feb 10, 2011 5:08 PM

    UFL = Underfunded Football League

  4. slickzmoney says: Feb 10, 2011 5:33 PM

    I would love to see this league become relevant as a developmental league for the NFL. Teams would have rights to players and could “call them up” during the season. That’s the only way the UFL could stick around.

  5. stairwayto7 says: Feb 10, 2011 5:50 PM

    UFL football on CBS next season until NFL regular season begins in October!

  6. steelbreeze676 says: Feb 10, 2011 7:24 PM

    Good… I can’t get enough football!

  7. macker1283 says: Feb 10, 2011 7:54 PM

    A second league might be successful if they stuck to areas of the country that the NFL, and most other major sports league ignore…like maybe Alabama, Iowa, Nebraska, Idaho etc. Low populations but have shown with college football that they can fill a Stadium if the product is good enough.

  8. writtenbyross says: Feb 11, 2011 6:23 AM

    I’ll consider it a legit league when it fields as many teams as an average NFL Fantasy Football League.

  9. fin72 says: Feb 11, 2011 8:43 AM

    Huyghue is such an incompetent moron. How that guy became a commissioner of anything is beyond me.

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