Spring Professional Football League being formed to compete with the NFL

Could the NFL actually have some competition soon?

2/1/12 in NFL   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

Many have tried, but no one has been successful so far in their attempts to build a professional football team to rival the NFL.

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]
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2/3/12   |   beerstudk   |   1538 respect

Looks like it has the same model as the early USFL, which is good.  They did really well until Trump got involved and tried to take on the NFL head-on.  I've always thought a 'Spring League' could work so long as they don't eff with the NFL

2/1/12   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

 I actually enjoyed the XFL in the beginning, at least until every single game seemed to be ending in tie breaking OT.  Then the realisation that Vince McMahon of the WWE was behind it made me clue in to the fact it was all scripted and we stopped taking it seriously.  Could be kind of fun if it`s done right.  After all, I watch CFL religiously.

2/1/12   |   ML31   |   3675 respect

If it happens, it won't last.  At least not unless it has the NFL's blessing/backing.

In a perfect world the NFL would have a minor league so academically ineligible kids could still make it to the NFL.  But we all know there is too much money and corruption for that to ever happen.