The Florida Tuskers, California Redwoods, New York Sentinels, and the Las Vegas Locomotives will be the four team that launch the inaugural UFL season set to begin in October. Some are wondering if the UFL can survive a down economy playing their games in the fall against the heart and sou of both the NFL and Collegiate football schedule.
While the team of the UFL will feature some uninspired uniforms, each team will sports one of the colors of the UFL logo as the primary color of its uniforms, these league has some big backers. It was announced this week that the Tampa Bay Rays had acquired an ownership stake in the new Floria Tuskers franchise and at least one UFL game will be played at their home, Tropicana Field.
While the league was the brain child of William Hambrecht, a one time owner of the USFL Oakland Invaders franchise. Joining him is Tim Armstrong Chairman and CEO of AOL. Other owners in this league include Paul Pelosi, husband of United States Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. While the New York Sentinels will be owned by William Mayer a Wall Street banker.
This league also has a TV deal that will add so much needed revenue. The Cable channel Versus, owned by Comcast Cable Corporation (who also own the Philadelphia Flyers of the NHL and the Philadelphia 76ers of the NBA) is a network that also featured IRL racing and NHL games. Some UFL games will also be featured on Mark Cuban’s HDNet network. Cuban is also expected to start his own franchise if this league makes it to year two.
While this is a down economy, and football attention may be elsewhere since this league has so many big backers it seems likely that this is a league here to stay for awhile.