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The UFL first caught my attention-of course-because of their logos and whatnot, I won't get into them here, as that topic already exists in the Sports Logos forum. It is now gaining my attention due to the players it is attracting.

To start this year they've pulled in Daunte Culpepper and have now grabbed up Ahman Green. (I've also enjoyed watching Brooks Bollinger tear it up-GO BADGERS)

When the UFL began I expected a sort of post-college/cut from NFL training camp (suggested to players by many cut players) league. A lot of players seem to be coming out of an ended NFL career and into the UFL, expected from younger players, but the older guys coming in, to possibly finish their careers here, comes as a bit of a surprise to me.

The Thursday/Saturday gameday setup is something I also enjoy. It avoids competing directly with the NFL (mostly) and most college football fans channel surf anyways-sounds like a good way to attract some extra fans).

Expansion for next season is already in the talks, with Salt Lake City, Norfolk, Milwaukee, San Antonia, Portland, Birmingham, a few cities in Mexico and many more being considered. I would love to see a team in Milwaukee (hometown bias) and SLC could really use a football team. Birmingham is an interesting spot, as they are in between many NFL markets, and what I consider a largely college football area. I say go for it UFL, what do you have to lose (your league)?

In short, my interest in the UFL has increased exponentially since last season. I hope they survive.

Ready.....DISCUSS

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You could put in an expansion team in Detroit for good measure, cause the Lions are so bad, Detroit will probably be the only NFL market to have it's football team's popularity overtaken by by a team from a rival football league.

Wow, the joke has gotten old...

Besides the Lions may be bad, but I doubt fans would leave for the UFL no matter how bad the football could get. This year the Lions could be one of the surprise teams.

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A team has been added in Norfolk, VA. The UFL release (via Facebook) this "Norfolk, Virginia is our conditional 6th team with former Redskins great Doug Williams as the GM and Jim Speros as the owner." a little while ago.

Expansion-slow and steady, a few teams at a time. Much better than beginning a league with 15+ teams, diluting the talent pool/pay/etc.

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You could put in an expansion team in Detroit for good measure, cause the Lions are so bad, Detroit will probably be the only NFL market to have it's football team's popularity overtaken by by a team from a rival football league.

Wow, the joke has gotten old...

Besides the Lions may be bad, but I doubt fans would leave for the UFL no matter how bad the football could get. This year the Lions could be one of the surprise teams.

Sorry dude but that joke never gets old <_<

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Looks I may have to go to Norfolk down the road.

Here's the press release:

NEW YORK, NY - Monday, June 21 - The United Football League board has agreed a conditional approval for Norfolk, Virginia, to host the league's sixth team that will commence play in 2011.

Meeting at the Cornell Club in New York, the board agreed that Virginia businessman Jim Speros will become the provisional Tidewater region team's owner. Speros was a founding owner of the Baltimore Stallions, the only American-based team to win a Canadian Football League Grey Cup in 1995.

From 1993 to 1997 he was the President and owner of the Stallions and the Montreal Alouettes and was the vice chairman of the CFL and chairman of its US expansion committee. Speros played college football at Clemson University and was the youngest full time assistant coach in the NFL under Joe Gibbs at the Washington Redskins before moving into team ownership.

Redskins legend Doug Williams, the MVP of Super Bowl XXII and the first black quarterback to win a Super Bowl, will take on the role of General Manager of the Norfolk team.

"I am very fortunate to be able to bring a pro football team to the state of Virginia and especially to the Tidewater region," said Speros. "There is already a lot of football history in this area and I believe Norfolk will become the shining star of the United Football League.

"Virginia is a great state, but it does not have a professional sports team. It has the legendary 757 area code that has produced the likes of Bruce Smith and Michael Vick and is truly a hotbed for football. The fans are knowledgeable, there is a military presence here and I am sure they will all enjoy the opportunity to watch quality football."

UFL Commissioner Michael Huyghue added: "We are delighted to welcome Norfolk, Virginia, and the Tidewater region as our sixth city and are excited to have a successful team owner in Jim Speros and a proven winner in Doug Williams on board to lead the team.

"Like Omaha, which came on board as an expansion team in April and has already generated considerable excitement, Norfolk fits the ideal UFL model of having a passionate fan base that we believe deserves a professional football team."

The Norfolk team will face the Florida Tuskers, Hartford Colonials, Las Vegas Locos, Omaha Nighthawks, Sacramento Mountain Lions and additional potential expansion teams when the third United Football League season kicks off in 2011.

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