Skip to comments.Time For A New Football League
Posted on 09/25/2017 5:02:53 AM PDT by Vaquero
If there was ever a time for a competing league it is NOW!
There have attempts in the past.....the AFL became the AFC. there were others. Now is the time!
There are stadium football leagues and a UFL. Owners of NFL teams who are sick and tired of NFL and Goodell Bull Flop would be invited to bolt from the NFL.
Yes, and I actually heard some ‘journalist’ claim that Trump’s whole “fire the SOB’s” comment was retribution for the outcome of the NFL-USFL lawsuit. What an idiot!
Never happen. Trump and others tried in the 80s. What will instead happen, I suspect, is that NFL will realize the damage done and rather than reign in their employees, they will likely try to stop the anthem and flag waving.
I believe he was. If memory serves, he sued the NFL on anti-trust grounds (a very legitimate case, imo).
The judge/courts ruled in his favor and awarded Mr. Trump...one dollar! What an insult.
Full disclosure: my recollection on this may not be totally accurate, but I think it’s close.
“...they will likely try to stop the anthem and flag waving.”
If/when that happens, it will be a very tangible sign we’ve lost our country.
NFL gets billions in subsidies from U.S. taxpayers
If you’re a U.S. taxpayer then you’re subsidizing the wildly profitable National Football League, regardless of whether you’re a fan.
The NFL is the most profitable pro sports league in the U.S., raking in an estimated $1 billion in profits on $10.5 billion in revenue last season, figures that are sure to increase this year.
Those massive profits are made possible in part by the billions of taxpayer dollars that local governments spend on teams, coupled with tax breaks worth hundreds of millions for the teams, the league, their sponsors and fans...
How the federal government is involved in this.
In fact, while the researchers estimated that the government has subsidized $3.2 billion worth of stadium construction since 2000 the real cost is even higher. That’s “because high-income bond holders receive a windfall gain for holding municipal bonds, the resulting loss in total revenue to the federal government is even larger at $3.7 billion,” the study noted...
BOTTOM LINE: President Trump, strip the tax-exempt status of municipal bonds used to subsidize sports stadiums and teams.
It is not the purpose of muni bonds to support private organizations, but so that cities and states can create and maintain infrastructure. To make matters worse, money that *should* have been used for infrastructure is instead diverted to sports teams, leaving these governments and their taxpayers IN DEBT.
They’re protesting the same thing BLM is protesting, alleging that police single out blacks for abuse.
Was the USFL decent football? Me and my family lived overseas from Sept 1982 to March 1985 and as we were on our way home in March 1985, I watched a couple of USFL games on TV while we were in Hawaii. And that was about it for how much of that league I watched. I can recall some team names like the New Jersey Generals, Memphis Showboats, Tampa Bay Bandits, Philadelphia Stars, Houston Gamblers, etc. And also remember that ones like Jim Kelly and Herschel Walker got their starts in that league.
I agree with you.
The biggest problem, as with the efforts to start a new baseball league in the 1980s and 1990s when MLB was having so many labor problems, may be finding acceptable facilities in markets big enough to support teams.
For example, where do you base a New York team? LA could play at the Rose Bowl, but where do you put a Chicago area team, for example? You need markets like that to make this go.
The first thing you need to do is greatly extend the application of antitrust laws to professional sports, and repeal the Sports Broadcasting Act of 1962.
Bring back XFL and ‘He Hate Me’!
Time to cut off the gravy train.
Beats me, it ended before I was born. :O)
President Trump owned The New Jersey Generals.
Does anybody here remember the World Football League of the 1970s? I believe that that was started by the same people (Gary Davidson, et al) who helped to create the American Basketball Association and the World Hockey Association.
I read a few stories about that league, like the wide receiver who apparently got away for a while with taping his hands and putting the edges of thumb tacks in the tape so he’d be able to make all sorts of crazy, otherwise impossible catches. And also that the league tried to put a team in Canada (the Toronto Northmen), but Marc Lalonde, minister of whatever in the then Pierre Trudeau government, put a stop to that as having an American football team in Toronto was seen as a threat to the CFL (team became the Memphis Southmen).
Go one further....no college athletic scholarships. Let them work for a living.
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