USFL Announces a relaunch for 2022

Okay we are going from a one-hub league to a three-hub league now?

It's not a real professional football league until everybody plays in their own stadium like in any other league to date.

Spare me the excuses for this charity mission.

The only advantage the USFL 2.0 might have is in comparison to if the XFL 3.5 flops and the powers that be decide to make donations to keep the USFL 2.0 going for yet another season as a hub league.

But under the covers the NFL has far more of a war chest than do even Disney or RedBird Capital.

As for the team named the Philadelphia Stars, that's not our team here in Philadelphia and everybody here damn well knows it and will tell you.

When they play here, okay then.

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It looks like the USFL is just an attempt by the NFL to keep their practice roster players active during the off season and keep them from any other potential league that might sign them to longer term contracts...

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I think the practice roster players get paid so much money that they would thumb their nose at the USFL. The only reason to sign on at all is if they get cut by the NFL and can't find a teams to play on. Get game film and cross your fingers.

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USFL trying to get a stadium that can fit a CFL field. https://twitter.com/TonyPaul1984/status/1592951000998023168

How does that translate into the USFL trying to find a CFL compatible stadium? There is no reference to the CFL that I can find.

I suspect it is really a matter of right-sizing seating capacity and rental agreement.

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I didn't communicate that properly. They are trying to get a field which happens to be CFL compatible but it's not their goal.

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Thanks ... feared it was another "CFL wants/has to merge with the USFL" thread

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:joy: I can't see that happening until CFL announces a new American network deal with FOX. Rest easy.

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Let's hold our breath now indeed, for any such deal, or essentially just about any deal, would involve the say of the NFL whether or not in public light.

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So the Memphis Showboats return to the USFL and also will play in their own stadium right there in Memphis so that will make them a real home team too.

Now I happen to have a friend from Memphis who has returned to live there, so I will be asking him about the local vibe as otherwise was lacklustre in the days of the Tennessee Oilers of the NFL with their temporary home in Memphis.

Apparently the team branded for Houston will play in Memphis too. Hub league!

There's also the following sombre news buried with this splashy announcement, but I do not agree with those who feel there should be a funeral for teams that never really existed in a named city.

This means the Tampa Bay Bandits are no longer for now. They could return at a future time.

The Memphis team are a rebrand of the Tampa Bay Bandits, not an expansion team. They will inherit the Bandits roster. During the event the team announced former Memphis Tigers Brady White as their quarterback. No word on what the status is of Jordan Ta’Amu

It's as if the Tampa Bay Bandits never were to the grand majority of football fans of any kind. I used to live there and can assure you the locals there don't give a rip either assuming they ever heard of them much like our locals here don't care about these so-called Philadelphia Stars either.

It's a hard knocks life in a hub league!

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Maybe FOX will have a Champions League game with the Grey Cup champions in the near future. I can get behind that

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More USFL Hubs

Well will you look at this. As the apologists for this hub league had droned on and on defending that lame concept for this lame league and hearkening back to the pandemic of course as have many apologists for the abject failure of spring leagues without heavy help and charity from NFL water boys as well, well look now they are looking for more hubs!

Hmmm...could it be because they realize that many of us are right that this hub league horse puckey SUCKS as it has since day one?

No, they realize that the XFL is not a hub league and is more of a draw for some players already.

It will be interesting how many players play in both though of course most players have an interest in getting that shot at the NFL.

And of course we have to wonder already if a merger is inevitable that involves the XFL and USFL as the backers of both already are jockeying for position in case they can make spring football work.

A small few, leaving out kickers, punters, and long snappers for now, actually make it to a regular season NFL game of course.

By golly, should they go to four hubs, that's basically four home teams isn't it?

I guess that "hub league" concept just does not have staying power!

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The Experienced and Undrafted Player Pool And Priorities

The pecking order for those American players not playing in the NFL is as follows:

  1. CFL (for those Americans who will consider playing in Canada)
  2. XFL 3.5 (still to launch anew with much still to be worked out after the draft)
  3. USFL 2.0
  4. Any given other professional or semi-professional football league

Our next checkpoint for the CFL is what the XFL 3.5 does or does not do for its launch.

Right there are some players otherwise who have not signed for the CFL for whatever reason(s).

Below is some evidence in these regards.

So it's interesting that there are CFL signings for 2023 already right after the Grey Cup, which have been reported across the street at 3DownNation like usual during the season.

Note the following statistics via the linked article:

Three days of the XFL draft have come and gone with USFL on the outside looking in. With 55 USFL players earning NFL contracts the USFL was most likely hoping that those who were cut would be en route back to their former employers. While I’m sure the brass at Fox is more than happy to “lose” players to the NFL, losing them to the XFL was not a part of the plan.

Please note, as cited previously, this count is flawed and high.

When any of the players once were in the NFL AND playing on game day, they are former NFL players no matter where else they go to play.

Sometimes the USFL and associated authors count players with prior NFL game-day experience who ended up in the USFL as "USFL players," which they are not. These players are former NFL players.

Note that in the article is also evidence in this regard provided by the author so as to substantiate my point here and refute their inflated count of "former USFL players."

Another overlooked reason for players ditching the USFL for a shot at the XFL 3.5 is because they know a hub league is not going to carry them farther in their game.

Under the covers sure Fox and that undercover NFL certainly can continue to contain costs with a hub league, but the market and the players are not having it when there are alternatives.

As I have covered separately above, if the USFL is to have 4 hubs for 8 teams as appears on the way, well that math sort of messes up the hub concept doesn't it? Just have regular venues for 8 teams if you dare to call yourself a real football league.

The incorrectly high count of "55" is already down to 21 USFL players in the NFL, which is quite good minus also those remaining who were once in the NFL of course.

Currently there 21 USFL players that are currently on NFL payrolls, throughout the last three days the USFL had 18 of their former players get drafted to XFL teams. While the USFL had three of its players return to their teams (Tucker Addington LS, Matt Colburn RB, and Devin Gray WR), I’m sure the Brian Woods and company were hoping to retain players like Sal Cannella, Kyle Sloter, and Channing Stribling in effort to maximize name recognition, competition, and continuity for the league. Right now, there are 13 former USFL players currently as “free agents”, either waiting for an NFL to call, or maybe for the supplemental XFL draft in January of 2023.

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So entering the USFL Social Media Echo Chamber, its appears their own fans I think sense the imminent demise of the lousy hub league model because they already have four proposed hubs, which is silly given that means up to half the teams will be playing at home in any given weekend.

So their solution, not that these dudes will actually ever attend a game because I figure at least half are simply degenerate gamblers with an ample social media presence including Reddit, is a merger with the XFL even though it has yet to re-launch!

Now their vision has some merit indeed, and such a possibility indeed is one that needs to not be dismissed given the deep pockets behind the USFL 2.0 and the XFL 3.5, but of course none of this means a hub league is a successful league though they will of course strive to pronounce any USFL "merger" as the first spring football success on US soil much like they do for all their recycled NFL players whom they are claiming as their own when they are not.

USFL SUCKS! OH YEAH!

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You didn't mention that the creator(s) had a business plan that called for more gradual growth in many ways including slow growth in player salaries, and no expensive big-name players to begin with, and a spring summer schedule to take advantage of the NFL off-season. Trump is the one who blew ALL of that out of the water.

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Indeed...I remember the original USFL and it had promise almost 4 decades ago. I had a national tv contract with ABC. Was getting reasonably positive press in the press. And, strategically took advantage of public disenchantment with the NFL over the '82 players strike and the issues in Oakland with the Raiders moving to LA. Place like Washington didn't draw well ( ex Saskatchewan WR Joey Walters played with he Federals) but places like Michigan ( Detroit), Oakland, Tampa Bay did draw well...

Once Trump got involved and tried to outspend everyone, the writing was on the wall...

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