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United Football League (2009-Today)

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Use the drop down menus or click the following links for our chronological galleries of game programs from the United Football League (2009-present).

The UFL launched in 2009 with big-budget dreams of establishing a triple-A caliber professional football league with a nationwide footprint.  Since the formation of the United States Football League in 1983, every upstart football league had attempted to compete in the spring, sparing itself head-to-head competition with the NFL and college football.  The UFL played in the fall…and got hammered.  The tiny league (4 teams in 2009 and 2011, 5 teams in 2010) lost a reported $100 million during its first two seasons of play, despite staging only 32 games during that time.

In April 2012, league investors Bill Hambrecht and Bill Mayer declared to the press that the UFL will return for a fourth season in the fall.  The league returned with the same four teams that took part in the 2011 season (Las Vegas, Omaha, Sacramento and Virginia) for a planned eight-game season.  However, players went unpaid, attendance was worse than ever, and the league suspended operations after four weeks and eight games.

Hambrecht now claims the UFL will rise from the dead yet again in spring 2013 to pick up where the aborted 2012 fall schedule left off.  Don’t hold your breath.

==Franchise List==

Franchise Years Active Home Page Tagged Posts
California Redwoods 2009 Redwoods Home Tagged Posts
Florida Tuskers 2009-2010 Tuskers Home Tagged Posts
Hartford Colonials 2010 Colonials Home Tagged Posts
Las Vegas Locomotives 2009-2012 Locomotives Home Tagged Posts
New York Sentinels 2009 Sentinels Home Tagged Posts
Omaha Nighthawks 2010-2012 Nighthawks Home Tagged Posts
Sacramento Mountain Lions 2010-2012 Mountain Lions Home Tagged Posts
Virginia Destroyers 2011-2012 Destroyers Home Tagged Posts

 

==Notable Players==

  • Maurice Clarett (Omaha Nighthawks 2010)
  • Daunte Culpepper (Sacramento Mountain Lions 2010)
  • Jeff Garcia (Omaha Nighthawks 2010)
  • Ahman Green (Omaha Nighthawks 2010)
  • Simeon Rice (New York Sentinels 2009)

Written by andycrossley

March 25th, 2012 at 3:02 pm

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  1. Nice recap of the UFL teams and the notable players. It was tough to find anything that this league did right from the business standpoint, so hopefully any new league one day will learn from this one’s failures.

    Matt

    4 Apr 13 at 6:57 am

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