QUOTE(Spin @ Apr 1 2012, 02:41 PM)
Having lived through the WFL, USFL, XFL, CFL in USA, WLAF, and UFL I'm a bit skeptical.
It's one thing to run a minor league basketball or soccer team with 10-20 players. Or a minor league baseball team with the players paid by the major league affiliate.'
But football teams are not cheap. You have to outfit 40+ players, pay them, transport them, put them up on the road. I've seen it too many times. I've seen the stories of teams using the other team's jerseys because theirs were repossessed. Roster turnover between games because the player paychecks bounced. Players stranded thousands of miles away because the team folded during a road trip. Practicing on playgrounds because the checks to the high school they were renting the practice field from bounced. Teams moving to other cities DURING the season.
I wish them the best of luck, it would be fun to watch. But if I could give one bit of advice to the U if they're going to get involved with this mess, GET PAID UP FRONT. And make sure the check clears!!!
I would like to see something like the NBA D-League or Minor League Baseball.
If Akron were to get a team affiliated with the Browns it would be huge. Teams made up of lower round draft picks, undrafted players, practice squad, etc. These guys are already getting paid, why not just let them play? Better than making them stand on the sidelines all year and never get to see any real game action. BUT we can't have it overlap the NFL or NCAA schedule. Needs to be a spring or summer league.