Tommie Harris to co-own FXFL team

As the FXFL tries to become the kind of developmental league with which the NFL may eventually partner, a former NFL player will be co-owning one of the league’s new teams.

Former Pro Bowler Tommie Harris will co-own the team to be based in Austin, Texas, according to the Associated Press.  Former NFL defensive back Eric Bassey will own the team with Harris.

The idea of eventually partnering with the NFL makes sense, but only if the NFL can find a way to make plenty of money and to advance its broader objectives.  Unless the partner can make more money with the NFL getting a large piece of the pie than it can without doing business with the NFL, there’s no reason to partner with the league.

The best way to get the league’s attention would be to create a product that the league regards as a threat, either to its own plans for a developmental league or to the NFL itself.  Even then, there’s no guarantee that partnership would be the league’s preferred outcome.  The NFL could simply decide to crush the FXFL.

Of course, before the NFL would be tempted to destroy the FXFL, the FXFL would first have to avoid destroying itself.  Despite the popularity of pro football, no alternative league has been able to survive for very long since the NFL and AFL merged in 1970.

16 responses to “Tommie Harris to co-own FXFL team

  1. They should take a page out of the UFL’s screw ups hand book and NOT hire a bunch of corrupt lawyers run the league into bankruptcy.

  2. I think they’re already on the right path but trying NOT to complete directly with the NFL. I think the 2001 XFL would have been a great idea if not for that one reason. You simply have no chance against the top league in the country. I don’t like the idea of them playing games in the fall though. I know it’s more traditional, but most football fans are desperate for football during this time of year. They should capitalize.

  3. their first mistake is playing games in the fall like the ufl did…people already dont watch the crappy thursday nite games i nthe nfl.. thye should play in the spring when people are having football withdrawls!!!!!

  4. I’m going to send them an email later today and see if they have any job openings for any of the teams or the league office. This sounds really exciting and I’d love to be a part of it, I hope they need some help with something because I want in!!!

  5. If they get rid of rules like ” roughing the passer” and “defenseless receiver” and play good old fashion football, count me in! Football is a rough sport, and if a good hard hitting “D” can knock your starting QB or star receiver out of the game, that just gives your team a better chance to win! That’s just part of the game. Or WAS part of the game.

  6. The only way a developmental league would make sense is if each of the 32 NFL teams had a “farm team,” where players were the property of those said NFL teams and schooled on how to play within each teams’ offensive and defensive systems. Naturally, such an idea would be too costly.

  7. These start up leagues miss one thing every time. They need to play in the spring and summer months. Have a legit tv partner like abc or spike tv to broadcast the games. And have teams in cities that don’t already have nfl teams.

  8. BLESTO was a scouting service, which had nothing to do with developing fringe players.

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