With the NFL’s Rams leaving St. Louis to head back to Los Angeles, and with threats being made left and right regarding San Diego and Oakland, I’m none too happy with the NFL’s “800 Pound Gorilla” tactics.
I’m wondering if the time might be ripe to start up a new rival football league. Hard as it is to believe, it’s been 15 years since a rival league last challenged the NFL in any way… The short-lived XFL had its one season in 2001.
What do you say we all put our money together, maybe create a Kickstarter campaign, and start a new league? We could lay our cards on the table and call it the RFL – Rival Football League. Rather than taking the NFL on directly, I would recommend going with the original plan the USFL had in the 1980’s and play football in the spring.
St. Louis could certainly be one of the franchises. San Diego and Oakland are certainly candidates as well, or San Antonio if they don’t lure the Raiders away.
As many sports networks as there are on cable these days, I can’t believe we couldn’t find a national cable audience… Maybe even work up a network out of these alternate channels the broadcast stations have.
Here are some other pro-football-free metro areas I think we could focus on:
- Long Island, NY
- Portland, OR
- Sacramento, CA
- Salt Lake City, UT
- Las Vegas, NV
- Orlando, FL
- Austin, TX
- San Jose, CA (Fuji, wanna own a team?)
- Columbus, OH
- Raleigh-Durham, NC
- Norfolk/Virginia Beach, VA
- Oklahoma City, OK
- Memphis, TN
- Birmingham, AL (which has had several “rival league” teams over the past 40+ years)
- Honolulu, HI
- Louisville, KY
I know there are some who would say that Jacksonville and Cleveland could also use a professional football team.
What do you think? Do we have any prospective franchise owners out there? Do you have an ideas for your team’s city and/or name?