USFL will return with eight original team names

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The USFL really will be back.

On Monday, the Fox-owned football league announced that the original eight team names will be used for the eight teams of the reboot that comes nearly 40 years later.

And even though the eight teams will play in one location (travel costs, zero), the teams will carry the names of the cities in which they won’t be playing.

The North Division will have the Michigan Panthers, New Jersey Generals, Philadelphia Stars, and Pittsburgh Maulers. In the South Division, the four teams will be the Birmingham Stallions, Houston Gamblers, New Orleans Breakers, and Tampa Bay Bandits.

Actually, one of the seven team names could be geographically correct. The games, per published reports, may be played at UAB’s stadium in Birmingham, Alabama.

The decision to play the games in one place shows that the league won’t be placing much, if any, of a premium on fan presence or ticket revenue. It’s about TV and, ultimately, it’s about giving gamblers a reason to gamble.

Basically, it’s a floating craps game that will hover over one city, giving bettors who are used to wagering on football during football season more football on which to wager.

That’s why an alternative league (or two) in the spring can work. It’s also why the ground is fertile for an alternative pro league on Tuesday or Wednesday nights during football season. Which is one of the reasons why the NFL should consider playing games on those nights, each and every week.

8 responses to “USFL will return with eight original team names

  1. I don’t get it. Who is losing money like crazy because of these leagues? Someone has to. They’re never successful. Better not somehow be taxpayers.

  2. Please no Tuesday or Wednesday night football. Do away with the Thursday night game as well if you are not going to give the teams a bye week before. Terrible games and lots of injuries.

  3. Very cool they are bringing this league back. Now Housron can retire Jim Kelly’s number 12.

  4. they basically bought the name and have to do something to show it has value even if it doesnt

  5. Why do they even have city names if they aren’t going to play there?

    That has got to be the dumbest idea ever.

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