I did not exactly know where to put this thread but I just posted it in NFL talk. I just do not think it will be as promising as last time. The NFL seems too superior and powerful than it was before. I think at the time you had baseball "America's Pastime" in that era and the NFL did not get much attention as it does now. There was also two NFL strikes in the 80's that did not help the NFL much. What I do like is it has a chance to keep the NFL on their toes instead of having a monopoly on everything. Just think we can play Fantasy USFL football in a couple years lol.
This is one of my favorite "ESPN 30 for 30" shows. So many things from the original USFL have since been adopted by the NFL and made the game into what we know it to be today! In my opinion, the original USFL grew too fast in an effort to compete with the NFL. Had it stayed in the Spring, I think it could have been successful.
I remember some of those teams, the Oakland Invaders, Michigan Panthers (who merged with the Invaders), Phil/Baltimore Stars, Birmingham Stallions, San Antonio Gunslingers, LA Express, New Jersey Generals, etc. There used to be talk about a great QB from western Pennsylvania who had a one-syllable first name and 3-syllable last name, but it wasn't Dan Marino or Joe Montana, it was Chuck Fusina...he had been a good QB at Penn St. then a backup in the NFL, and then became a "star" in the USFL. And after Steve Young had been on the 49ers for a while, there was an article about him and how he was kind of a slob, and while reporter was at his house there were all these uncashed checks from the LA Express for hundreds of thousands of $$ just lying around the place.
USFL actually had some good ideas, good players, and good football, but Donald Trump and a couple other owners pushed hard for the switch to direct competition vs NFL in the fall/winter. Their thinking was they'd get huge TV contracts and NFL would eventually allow some franchises to merge, thereby making a bunch of money for all the USFL owners. Didn't work and the league folded.
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