"The NFL wants and needs competition," Cuban wrote. "They have grown so big and powerful that every move they make is scrutinized by local or federal officials. A competitor allows them to point to us and explain that their moves are for competitive reasons rather than the move of a monopoly."
There have been numerous leagues that have tried to compete with the NFL and a few that actually played games, starting with the AFL, which began in 1960 and fully merged with the NFL a decade later. It included such current franchises as New England, Oakland, Kansas City, San Diego, Buffalo, the New York Jets and Denver.
Oh, so Cuban is doing the NFL a favor then, is he? Okay that makes sense...
One thing I have learned is to never tell Cuban that he can't do something. The guy has the determination and the financial wherewithal to do just about any-damn-thing he wants. But the UFL is doomed to fail. Look how long it took ESPN to finally recognize MMA as a sport. And with the combined weight of the NFL Network and ESPN dominating the mindshare of football fans, I don't see this new league getting the coverage that would be absolutely necessary for it to be successful.
Also, the NFL's ties with the NCAA are stronger than ever, creating a pipeline of football into the NFL that flows almost year-round (College football, NFL Draft, NFL regular season and post season, offseason camps, etc).
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