ESPN: TSL returns May 2021 negotiating schedule with Fox Sports

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4th&long
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ESPN: TSL returns May 2021 negotiating schedule with Fox Sports

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TSL 8 teams, 6 weeks, 2 cities looks like a May 6th start date...

https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/312 ... starting-6

>> The Spring League is planning a notable expansion in the coming weeks by adding two teams and two weeks to the structure the developmental football league used in 2020, CEO Brian Woods confirmed this week.

Its growth comes at an unstable moment in the industry, as the XFL and CFL remain in talks about an unspecified collaboration that could result in a merger. In the meantime, the XFL has paused its plans for a return to the field in 2022. The CFL hopes to return this summer, but its finances depend on whether fans will be able and willing to attend its games amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The Spring League has operated since 2017, serving as a developmental league for players who mostly moved on to the CFL, XFL and the Alliance of American Football (AAF). It also served as a rule experimentation incubator for the XFL in 2019, and this season it will test an overtime rule change that allows the coin toss winner to choose where to spot the ball or which team will get first possession, similar to a proposal the Baltimore Ravens have made to the NFL this spring.

Woods said the league's eight teams will play a six-week schedule beginning May 6, using hub stadiums in Indianapolis and Houston. It has recruited several coaches with experience in the NFL, XFL, AAF or a combination, including Jerry Glanville, Kevin Gilbride and Mike Riley. Fox Sports is finalizing a full schedule of televised games, Woods said.

The league's preference will be for its coaches, players and staff to be vaccinated for COVID-19 before the season begins. If they are not, Woods said, they will be asked for proof of a negative test when arriving in one of the hub cities and will be subject to daily testing thereafter. <<

Getting it done... Let's Hope!
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Re: ESPN: TSL returns May 2021 negotiating schedule with Fox Sports

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Looks like they'll be playing Saturdays too, which means that come May 22 they will in fact be taking advantage of those open FS1 windows--not sure about the other two
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Re: ESPN: TSL returns May 2021 negotiating schedule with Fox Sports

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MGB01 wrote: Wed Apr 07, 2021 3:05 am Looks like they'll be playing Saturdays too, which means that come May 22 they will in fact be taking advantage of those open FS1 windows--not sure about the other two
You called it a while back MG - excellent call, you nailed it.

Also - Notice the color choices by B Woods for previous and new teams. It looks designed for TV. With each team (sans the Aviators-Blues) having a distinct color to make them stand out from their opponent.

Purple, Red, Blue, Green, maroon, now yellow and deep orange. And using an existing logo saves money (Sea Lions).

I would have thought they'd stay at 6 teams or less for 2021, tells me the FS1 deal is expanding.

Now players. I hope they players already had covid or got they vac to avoid issues. but with 8 teams in 2 cities they can shuffle around more.
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