Last week, UFL Commissioner Michael Huyghue insisted during an on-the-record interview with PFT that, despite the presence of new outside investment, the league’s owners would shoulder the burden of an estimated $40 million operating deficit in 2011.
Things possibly have changed in the interim.
The folks at WXTG 102.1 FM and 1490 AM The Game report that the Virginia Destroyers have suspended training camp by 30 days. Taking it a step (or four) farther, the folks at UFL Access report that the suspension applies to all five UFL teams.
Per the UFL Access report, training camps will begin on a delayed basis, and the season will not be shortened.
With the regular season due to launch on August 13, this necessarily means that the dates for the 10-game season will be changed, with the UFL season starting later and lasting longer, if there even is a UFL season.
UFL spokesman Michael Preston declined comment, but he told PFT via e-mail that a press release will be issued at 12:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday, and that Huyghue will be available for a conference call with the media at 5:00 p.m. ET.
Former NFL coaches Marty Schottenheimer (pictured) and Jerry Glanville have been hired by the Destroyers and Hartford Colonials, respectively, but no amount of sizzle apparently can fix on an immediate basis the financial problems that have plagued the league.