The UFL: Not a Total Train Wreck, But Stillà

Posted: 13th October 2009 by Elliott Smith in NFL
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So, out of a morbid curiosity combined with being a sucker for doomed football leagues, I tuned into the debut of the United Football League on Saturday night, when the New York Sentinels and Florida Tuskers (?) faced off for gridiron glory. And much like the late, yet unlamented XFL, the football wasnÆt half badùgiven the league is made up of NFL washouts, on-the-bubble NFL talent, and former NFL coaches, this is to be expectedùand you can imagine that by the end of the leagueÆs brief season, it will be better. The question is, who will be around to see it? When the XFL launched in 2001, it had the massive marketing power of both the WWF and NBC behind it, and the opening weekend drew huge crowds and massive TV ratings. While neither lasted, it at least m ...

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