UFL reportedly suspending training camp by 30 days

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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.

25 responses to “UFL reportedly suspending training camp by 30 days

  1. Really enjoyed the league but looks like it is over. Its a shame they should of played in the Spring maybe they would of had a better chance then.

  2. Hopefully they get it straightened out. Aside from the fact that its always good to have more options as a fan, there’s finally some football in SE Va.

  3. I think the earliest poster nailed it, they were praying on lost NFL time and players to up their talent and interest in the league. That’s not gonna happen. Their best bet would be to try and partner with the NFL and become the farm league. There’s a place for minor league football if it is placed in the right cities and is affiliated with the league. Imagine struggling rookies and undrafted free agents competing for a spot in the big leagues in small markets that love football but can’t support NFL teams. I can think of countless fans who would love to watch affordable games with some of their favorite college players whose talents don’t translate to the NFL mixed with some young guys trying to be noticed with a farm system or even a supplemental draft. I see potential, but they need to leave big markets and huge stadiums which drive overhead to outrageous levels. I can promise if your favorite team could possibly grab some players off of the UfL and they played in the spring it would be successful.

  4. I don’t understand why the UFL didn’t go for a spring league.

    I would have been A LOT more interested in it. In the fall I’m paying attention to the NFL. Somebody will figure it out one of these days.

    Don’t use the XFL as an example – that league was ridiculous.

    A well-managed spring league with former NFL players and and younger players aspiring to play in the NFL would prosper, IMO.

    Don’t try to compete with the NFL for players. Operate as a minor league of sorts, with a blend of past-their-prime NFLers and recent college players who didn’t quite make the cut for the NFL. The level of play would still be pretty decent, worth watching IMO.

    Imagine how such a league would have flourished this spring, drawing in NFL fans frustrated with the lockout with pro football on TV.

    I know I woulda been watching.

  5. If they were smart, they would have started their league during the NFL’s offseason when us hardcore NFL fans have nothing to watch. I’d watch them these last few months. Why do they try to take on the biggest and baddest sports league in American history with second tier players is beyond me.

  6. @Valman61

    You nailed it buddy. I have always wished that there was a farm team for the Raiders. No, we’re not talking NFL Europe style where there is perhaps 1 or 2 Raider prospect on the team. I want something similar to baseball’s triple AAA level. Perhaps an 8 game season for guys that would never get playing time and UFA during the offseason. If they are good enough, then invite them to camp. A small city would definitely support this and I bet many NFL fans would watch it during the dead time between the SB and training camp.

  7. Why do people keep insisting on starting up other “professional” football leagues to compete with the NFL? Its never worked yet and probably never will.

    Can anyone name five players from the defunct XFL? Remember that? I can only name one…Rod “He Hate Me” Smart.

  8. What sucks is that they drained players from the Arena League as those teams are in their playoff run and then they aren’t even going to play.

    The Tampa Bay Storm lost their starting linebacker Cliff Dukes and best WR in Huey Whitaker to the Virginia Detroyers. They really could have used them in the game that eliminated them from the playoffs.

  9. But what about Colt Brennan? According to the Cult, he was going to light up the UFL, show those pesky Redskins and Raiders their mistake, have a bidding war for his services in the NFL, and then be hoisting a Superbowl trophy!!! Oh the humanity, it just isn’t fair!!!! lol.

    The massive floppage continues. What a joke.

    Sucks for Jarrod Johnson though. 😦

  10. valman61 you got it exactly right

    The UFL will only succeed if they go to the spring and become the NFL spring league in cities that don’t have NFL teams or could handle a minor league product. This way, as you mention, fans could follow their favorite college players into the developmental league, and these guys could improve, and become NFL players, or make a name in the minor league for a few years. There is too much good college and pro football available during the football season – we need football in the spring to help us get to the fall. There is definitely room for that, I watch CFL every year, and would love something that helped me get through the off season like NFL Europe used to do.

  11. @laeaglefan

    Rod “He Hate Me” Smart
    Jim Druckenmiller (QB)
    Mike Furrey (WR)
    Jose Cortez (K)
    Tommy Maddox (QB)

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