The UFL would like to add two more teams for season three
On the heels of news that the UFL team will add a sixth team in Norfolk, Virginia comes news today that the league would like to add two more teams for year number three. Of course we will start to look at potentially good markets, and where a UFL franchise might be able to take firm hold and grow we also learn that the UFL is considering seven potential cities.
Given that this league has but two teams out west, one in the country center, and four more in the east we have to concede that cities in the west would have an upper leg, as the league looks to build a national fan base. One of the cities they are considering is Honolulu, Hawaii. I think that is a very bad idea as it makes traveling hard, and time differences make scheduling difficult.
So we are going to go ahead and throw out Hawaii, and rank the six other potential cities for further UFL expansion:
- Portland, Oregon- They have very little options in terms of pro football, and the city ahs not been burned by other teams and leagues. In 1985 the oft relocated Breakers of the USFL played a season there. This city also ahs multiple venues that would be a perfect host for a UFL team.
- Salt Lake City, Utah- it is an untapped pro football market. Only the Arena League have had a team there long term.
- San Antonio, Texas- I think this is the perfect UFL market, it has not had a pro team since 1995 when the CFL left town. It is in Texas where football rules all, and it makes a lot of sense geographically
The rest of the current options I don’t like as much. We have already dealt with Hawaii, but I am pretty down on Los Angeles as a football market as well. Since the NFL left LA it has only become the premier sports league the world over. On top of that it is very expensive to do almost everything in California. Raleigh, North Carolina is untapped, but I am not sure of it, and Austin, Texas is Texas Longhorns country and I think the UFL should avoid it.
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