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The UFL isn’t dead, but it isn’t alive, either

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The item regarding the resurrected USFL serves as a natural reminder regarding the UFL, the in-season NFL minor league that would only let players leave after the UFL season ended and then (at least for a while) for a stiff fee.  Earlier this year, Commissioner Michael Huyghue quit and the league pulled the plug on its website and by all appearances the UFL died with a whimper, not a bang.

Coincidentally, the Omaha World-Herald recently searched for a pulse in the local franchise, the Nighthawks.  The office is closed, the phone number goes to a message service, and the person who returned the message said it’s not known whether the team (and, presumably, the league) will play in 2012.

Tom Shatel of the World-Herald eventually tracked down former Nighthawks coach Joe Moglia, who now is the head coach at Coastal Carolina.  Moglia said he’s still the president of the Nighthawks.

There could still be a 2012 UFL season,” Moglia said. “The owners are enthusiastic about making it work. They’ve talked to the NFL, although I don’t think anything serious has been discussed at the highest levels there.

“They are looking at a lot of options right now.  It’s a matter of them finding a strategic partner to make a major investment of capital.  My stance has always been that they need to have a partnership with the National Football League in order to make it.  I know they want to have a season this year.  Maybe they have something up their sleeves.”

They may have something up their sleeves, but they’ve got nothing in their pockets.  There had been rumors for months that the UFL was hoping the NFL would buy the league and make it into an in-season minor league.  If the NFL ever was interested, the price can’t get much lower than it would be right now.

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11 Responses to “The UFL isn’t dead, but it isn’t alive, either”
  1. fin72 says: Apr 1, 2012 10:36 AM

    There had been rumors for months that the UFL was hoping the NFL would buy the league and make it into an in-season minor league. If the NFL ever was interested, the price can’t get much lower than it would be right now.
    _________________________

    If I were the NFL I’d offer them a pack of smokes and a deck of cards.

  2. rollteal says: Apr 1, 2012 10:41 AM

    Just take the cyanide pill and get it over with …

  3. mikeeg says: Apr 1, 2012 10:52 AM

    Just minor league it already

  4. beergeekjoey says: Apr 1, 2012 12:25 PM

    too much negativity on these comments. UFL in the fall as a true minor league and USFL in the spring as a D-league?? doesn’t get much better than that. if NFL wants to grow, this is an ideal avenue — branch out into minor league partnerships and take a slice of the pie as well as the benefits of developing players who otherwise would never make the league, and have the extended “practice squad” that you see in NHL and MLB teams. what a great deal!!

  5. rob0527 says: Apr 1, 2012 3:21 PM

    Just make it a minor league, do this way of someone gets hurt a team can call up someone who is in shape and anxious to make an impression. You could also allow young quarterbacks to learn in this league.

  6. chazatlas says: Apr 1, 2012 4:42 PM

    I’d love to see an official NFL Minor League play in Spring/Summer. It gives some non-drafted, walk-on type players an opportunity. And it would give 2nd-3rd string QB’s playing time. Most importantly, it would be something to watch beside the most boring sport on the planet: baseball.

  7. andrejohnsonforpresident says: Apr 1, 2012 4:53 PM

    I’m starting to think the NFL owners are too old to expand the NFL like it needs to be. If they were quicker about taking action I think a successful minor league could have been attained years ago.

  8. jameslongstaffe says: Apr 1, 2012 5:01 PM

    The UFL as a minor league is not likely to work for many reasons. First & foremost, the NFL & college football are the main draws & this would only stand as competition with very little return for them. Second, the cost of running a football league is huge, & the fan support questionable in the long run, as it will always be a “minor” league in the US. Third, the game of football does not lend itself well to a “minor” league system, like that employed in hockey. Players cannot be parachuted easily into a football program with the playbook & the risk of injury. Fourth, there is no need for a developmental system from the NFL perspective, that is what college football is for. The rest of players will play in other leagues like the CFL, & those players are free agents that can sign with any team (NFL or otherwise) & are not restricted to a minor league affiliate. The CFL has a nice relationship with the NFL:) Because the NFL is a sensible league & the Canadian market is significant

  9. mrthirtytwo says: Apr 1, 2012 9:19 PM

    mrthirtytwo says:
    Apr 1, 2012 8:57 PM
    Mike,

    The UFL website is working. Try putting a www in front.

    Not that it’s been updated lately but it’s there.

    I still say the league has potential, but not over spending like they did. A change at the top was needed.

    There’s a recent Jim Fassel interview on local ESPN radio… 104.5 as well

    It’s the NFL off season, take a few minutes and listen in…

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  10. bearsstillsuck says: Apr 2, 2012 2:19 AM

    It’s like that cat in the box; both dead and alive.

  11. Jeremy Meyer says: Apr 2, 2012 2:39 AM

    I got a server 1 error from the website www or no www in front of it.

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