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Jim Fassel: UFL misread the NFL lockout


The news that the United Football League will push back the start of its season by a month comes as a result of a misreading of how the NFL lockout would affect the football world.

At least, that’s the interpretation of the UFL’s most successful coach, Jim Fassel.

Fassel, the former Giants head coach whose Las Vegas Locomotives have won the UFL championship in both years of the UFL’s existence, told Todd Wright on Sporting News Radio that the UFL expected to be able to start in August and capitalize on a vacuum created by the NFL lockout. However, the reality is that players have been even less willing to sign with the UFL because they want to see how things shake out in the NFL before they make any commitments to another league.

“Our season has always started middle of September, to the end of November,” Fassel said. “We decided to move it up a month because of the NFL lockout. . . . We all thought that the NFL, with their issues, this would be an advantage for us. And it’s not. It’s confused a lot of issues, with players and everything else. We talk to players and it’s, ‘Well, I think I’ll sign with the NFL, and if I don’t I’ll sign with your league.'”

Fassel also said that the UFL hoped it could work out a TV deal with networks concerned that they wouldn’t have NFL football to televise. In reality, Fassel said, NFL uncertainty just made TV networks more reluctant to make any decisions until the lockout ends.

Now, Fassel says, the folks in the UFL are like the rest of us: They want the lockout to be over soon.

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6 Responses to “Jim Fassel: UFL misread the NFL lockout”
  1. realitypolice says: Jul 20, 2011 10:46 AM

    How is it that Jim Fassel, a Super Bowl coach, never got a second chance in the NFL?

  2. usher716 says: Jul 20, 2011 11:02 AM

    @realitypolice – baffles me that coaches like Dick Jauron and Eric Mangini get multiple chances and Fassel doesn’t

  3. goodandfast says: Jul 20, 2011 11:06 AM

    He got a shot as offensive coordinator in Baltimore and Billick couldn’t fire himself…so, he was let go.

  4. robf2010 says: Jul 20, 2011 11:16 AM

    Fassel took offensive playcalling duties away from Sean Payton. Does that tell you anything about his judgement?

  5. nineroutsider says: Jul 20, 2011 11:18 AM

    How could the UFL make such a horrible read of the situation.

    Yeah the NFL was going to let $9 billion go down the crapper to shave $300 million off of player salaries, plus all of the legal fights over TV money, etc. These guys aren’t stupid…

    How many of you thought this was actually going into the season?

  6. watters7 says: Jul 20, 2011 1:54 PM

    This team is going to the playoffs.

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