The USFL is reincarnating as a spring development league. Per its CEO,
“We will play in markets where there are no NFL teams or major league baseball teams. It’s a league for guys who are on the bubble for making NFL teams, and we will have complete open access for the NFL. We want to build a model that is sustainable.”
It’s looking to locate its franchises in markets that are college football oriented. And while it’s not going to pay NFL-level salaries to its players (the league will own all the player contracts), it is going to pay all the players.
Hmm… development league… college football oriented… paid players…
Just a thought here, but maybe somebody at the new league ought to think outside the box a little and consider waiving the NFL three-years-out-of-high-school eligibility rule. Not only would that give kids who don’t want to go to college an outlet to pursue their pre-NFL careers – break up dat ol’ NCAA plantation! – and give the new league a big marketing splash, but it would also be in keeping with the spirit of the original USFL.
And it wouldn’t cost the NFL a damned penny more than it’s paying now towards the development of 18- to 20-year old kids.
Makes too much sense, right? Ah, a man can dream sometimes.