Returning USFL faces long odds again


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After the last season in 1986, the USFL is returning to televisions across America.

Paul Kercher, Sports Editor

There is yet another new football league coming in April, but this one is coming back from the ’80s.

Last year there was a new league created called the Fan Controlled Football league, which will have a second season at some point this year. In that league, fans controlled the plays through their phones.

The revamped United States Football League, meanwhile, brings back a league that started in 1983. It will have eight teams split into two divisions, with every team playing a 10-game schedule.

The teams in this league are the New Jersey Generals, Pittsburgh Maulers, Michigan Panthers, New Orleans Breakers, Houston Gamblers, Birmingham Stallions, Tampa Bay Bandits, and the Philadelphia Stars. 

The players in the league will be mostly college players who have not had their shot in the NFL yet, but fans can expect to see some former NFL players also. 

After first starting in 1983, the original USFL only lasted three seasons. This time, I do not think there is a chance for them to make it a full two seasons. The NFL can never be beaten and that is what all these other random leagues are trying to do. That is never going to happen.

The league in the ’80s got some popularity because Jim Kelly played for the Houston Gamblers and then went on to play for the Buffalo Bills, leading them to four Super Bowl appearances. 

The USFL is definitely going to get the hype at the start. But as every other new football league has, it is going to fail.