PFT: USFL articles

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Re: PFT: USFL articles

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GDAWG wrote: Sun Jun 19, 2022 2:34 pm
MGB01 wrote: Sun Jun 19, 2022 1:52 pm And you post another Florio piece where he takes jabs at the league.............

When will you learn?
He didn't write that, Michael David Smith did. Florio is too busy posting 100 consecutive posts about DeShaun Watson.
Florio and his lieutenants are mostly one and the same, as I described two years ago when he (via MDS) was complaining about XFL2.0 QBs.

Thus, "Florio pieces" aren't necessarily written by him
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Re: PFT: USFL articles

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4th&long wrote: Mon Jun 20, 2022 1:20 pm https://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2 ... um=twitter

>> Thanks to what the USFL should have called “The Stephen Ross Rule,” a season-ending victory by the 1-8 Panthers over the 1-8 Maulers gave the Panthers the first pick in next year’s USFL draft. Of course, it’s unclear what that really means at this point, for various reasons.

Who will be in the draft pool? Will Fisher even be coaching the Panthers? Will the USFL even exist in 2023?

It’s unclear how well the USFL has been doing financially. After some early chatter regarding ratings that looked to be good enough to sustain the league for another season, there hasn’t been much out there about viewership in recent weeks. And perhaps all that that implies. <<

Go ahead MG blast the douche. Does he even pick up a phone to call the league, I'm sure they'd talk to him. Fedora already on record as saying coaches have been told they'll be back for 2023.

Johnson talking 2023. I wonder if Mike pisses on his on kids like this, he says ESPN won't talk USFL and will pump XFL... why don't you take notes. Ahole...
Seriously. He's one of the most influential football writers out there. His employer airs USFL games. Pick up the phone and call Moose Johnston and ask him those questions instead of asking them in an article. Moose will talk to Florio.

I can't stand him.
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PFT-FMIA: Paul Burmeister On USFL

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https://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2 ... eter-king/

>> The United States Football League just became the first alternative spring football league in 20 years to make it through a season. I was in Birmingham for all 10 weeks of the USFL regular season to call games for NBC. I had insight into every part of the league and got to know many of the players, coaches and administrators.

Peter King told me: “You’re just the guy to put a wrap on the USFL regular season.”

After what we’ve seen with alternative spring leagues in the recent past, making it to this point is no small task. Job well done.

But making it to season two in a better place will require development. Being a better league for the players and coaches, as well as having a better product on television, will require strategic fixes and enhancements.

Let’s acknowledge the elephant in the room: The XFL will debut next winter. Who knows what kind of quality it will have out of the gates. But in the abstract, it’s hard to imagine two spring leagues thriving, let alone surviving. <<

ALSO talks of:
-Longer Training Camp - likely a week
-More Players On Rosters - 40 was a start he says but lets see
-Opportunities For Undrafted Players - meaning undrafted in the same year of play, getting players to sign mid season
-More Fans, One More Stadium - looks like a north division Hub I'm pulling for Philly (doubling for NJ)
-Same Schedule - ie time of year in year 2, something that may work for Fox/NBC but good weather is a tough beat

I am concerned that the XFL / USFL competing don't do more damage to spring FB and would be better to work together and sooner rather than later. For USFL - Cost containment needs to be balanced against obtaining good TV rating. You don't want to over spend nor under spend if the benefit matches cost.
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PFT: Fox will bring USFL back for a second season

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Yes Mike... and NBC and affiliates will broadcast it... Get on Board tool

https://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2 ... nd-season/

>> The USFL concludes its first season on Sunday. It will have a second season.

Fox Sports CEO Eric Shanks tells John Ourand of Sports Business Journal that the USFL will return in 2023. It’s the first official confirmation that the four-letter league will be back for a second year.

Shanks also said that the eight teams will play in two or four markets in 2023. <<
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PFT: Birmingham Stallions win USFL

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>> Birmingham still had to run out the clock. Facing fourth down in Philly territory with under a minute to play, coach Skip Holtz opted to punt. The Stallions barely missed a chance to down the ball near the goal line, giving the Stars a first down on the 20. Two plays later, however, another interception sealed the win for the Stallions.

Birmingham finished the year 11-1. The Stars went 7-5, including the postseason.

Victor Bolden, with six catches for 64 yards and the go-ahead touchdown, was named the MVP of the championship game.

The game was played before a noticeably large crowd in Canton. Fox has announced that the USFL will return next April for a second season, with the same eight teams that competed in 2022. <<
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PFT: USFL championship game draws 1.5 million viewers

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>> The USFL season came to an end on Sunday with a championship game that drew a television audience that should leave Fox cautiously optimistic about Year Two.

Sunday night’s USFL championship game drew 1.5 million viewers on Fox, according to ShowBuzzDaily.com.

That’s more or less in line with what other networks got for their sporting events on Sunday: PGA Tour golf on CBS drew 1.9 million viewers, NASCAR on USA drew 1.9 million viewers, Wimbledon tennis on ABC drew 1.5 million viewers and MLB Sunday Night Baseball on ESPN drew 1.2 million viewers. <<
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Re: PFT: USFL articles - The Tool Florio speaks

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>> For the second time since the USFL season came to an end, one of its players signed with the NFL.

Defensive back DeJuan Neal signed with the Washington Commanders, his agent told reporters.

The 25-year-old Neal played for the New Jersey Generals this season and also spent time in the XFL in 2020. He played his college football for Division II Shepherd University.

Neal’s signing follows that of Christian Sam, who played in the USFL this year and signed with the Cowboys last week.

Although the USFL (and next year, the XFL) will attempt to appeal to players by convincing them that playing spring football is a good way to get noticed by NFL teams, the fact that only two players have signed so far suggests that the NFL was not particularly enamored with the talent level of the players in the USFL. <<

At least get your facts right - its the 3rd player signed.
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Re: PFT: USFL articles - The Tool Florio speaks

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4th&long wrote: Sat Jul 16, 2022 10:42 am https://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2 ... from-usfl/

>> For the second time since the USFL season came to an end, one of its players signed with the NFL.

Defensive back DeJuan Neal signed with the Washington Commanders, his agent told reporters.

The 25-year-old Neal played for the New Jersey Generals this season and also spent time in the XFL in 2020. He played his college football for Division II Shepherd University.

Neal’s signing follows that of Christian Sam, who played in the USFL this year and signed with the Cowboys last week.

Although the USFL (and next year, the XFL) will attempt to appeal to players by convincing them that playing spring football is a good way to get noticed by NFL teams, the fact that only two players have signed so far suggests that the NFL was not particularly enamored with the talent level of the players in the USFL. <<

At least get your facts right - its the 3rd player signed.
I presume you’re referencing Channing Stribling as the 3rd player signed even though the article never mentions him? Looks like at least Washington liked what they saw.
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Re: PFT: USFL articles - The Tool Florio speaks

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Gopher123 wrote: Sat Jul 16, 2022 11:09 am
4th&long wrote: Sat Jul 16, 2022 10:42 am https://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2 ... from-usfl/

>> For the second time since the USFL season came to an end, one of its players signed with the NFL.

Defensive back DeJuan Neal signed with the Washington Commanders, his agent told reporters.

The 25-year-old Neal played for the New Jersey Generals this season and also spent time in the XFL in 2020. He played his college football for Division II Shepherd University.

Neal’s signing follows that of Christian Sam, who played in the USFL this year and signed with the Cowboys last week.

Although the USFL (and next year, the XFL) will attempt to appeal to players by convincing them that playing spring football is a good way to get noticed by NFL teams, the fact that only two players have signed so far suggests that the NFL was not particularly enamored with the talent level of the players in the USFL. <<

At least get your facts right - its the 3rd player signed.
I presume you’re referencing Channing Stribling as the 3rd player signed even though the article never mentions him? Looks like at least Washington liked what they saw.
Correct... And I expect more as the offseason, camp and regular season proceeds.
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PFT: Steelers work out five USFL defensive linemen

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>> A handful of players who were part of the USFL’s return to life this year have signed with NFL teams and the Steelers could be adding one after a tryout on Monday.

Field Yates of ESPN reports that the team had five defensive linemen in for workouts. They are Doug Costin, Freedom Akinmoladun, Domenique Davis, Dondrea Tillman, and Willie Yarbary. <<
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