In news that will disappoint possibly dozens of fans, the United Football League is suspending its season.
The UFL, a very minor league that has been teetering on the brink of implosion this year, finally told players and coaches that the season is over today. According to agent David Canter, who has clients on UFL teams, the UFL has told players that the season is being suspended, although they’re still hoping to regroup and return in the spring.
The league has told players they will be paid for the games they’ve already played, and that if they don’t live in the city where they’ve been playing, they’ll be given money to fly home.
Hardly anyone noticed when the UFL’s season kicked off in September, and the news about the UFL since then has been mostly about its financial problems, including coach Marty Schottenheimer suing the founder of the league for failing to pay him.
America loves football enough that a minor league might be able to work, but it clearly wasn’t working with the UFL. The only surprising news is that it took this minor league until late October to make the end of its season official.