Could the NFL actually have some competition soon?
According to some plans uncovered by Deadspin, the Spring Professional Football League is the latest league to attempt to provide some non-NFL competition. According to their plans, they should be up and running within a few months, and could give football fans a chance to enjoy their favorite sport while the NFL is enjoying their offseason.
I'm never confident about leagues like this, but I think this one has some serious potential, for a few reasons.
For starters, they're not trying to compete with the NFL at all. They're planning on running a league in the Spring, as their name implies, so they won't be crossing into the NFL or even NCAA season.
Also, they have some serious brainpower behind the operation, with former XFL and NFL Europe personnel. These aren't random millionaires who want to start up a league with their buddies. These are guys who know the ropes at least a little bit, and know what it takes to succeed (or fail).
They've analyzed each of the previous failed football leagues (XFL, UFL, USFL and NFL Europe) and are working on avoiding the pitfalls that they ran into in the past.
Nothing will ever actually replace the NFL, but this is an intriguing option. There are plenty of very talented players out there who could fill up this league, and it could be a minor league of sorts for the NFL.
So far, it looks like their location options are New York, Washington, Memphis, Orlando, Charlotte, Chicago, Detroit, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Denver, Dallas, Phoenix, Houston, Los Angeles, and Seattle. Their goal is to start the league with 8 teams in 2013.
In a perfect world, perhaps this is where players could go instead of college if their grades aren't up to snuff, or if they want to leave college earlier than the NFL allows.
Maybe there's room for Tim Tebow in a league like this.
Here's the info, courtesy of Deadspin:
Exclusive: Plans For A New Pro Football League [Deadspin]