Thursday, April 24, 2008

More on commisioner

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Article From Yahoo:
From the United States Football League to the XFL, alternatives to the NFL have traditionally fizzled not long after the first kickoff. But Marvin Tomlin, the founder and chief executive of the prospective United National Football League, says he can beat the odds with a league designed to complement the NFL, not compete with it according to the New York Times.
"I tell everyone that there's one professional football league, and that's the National Football League," Tomlin said. "But in the same place, the N.F.L. does not have a developmental system."
The league, which plans to play its first game in January 2009, would serve as a "minor league" to the NFL, Tomlin said, offering a second chance to college players who show promise but are not selected by a team in the NFL or the Canadian Football League. The new league's season would run from January to April and would serve as a showcase for N.F.L. recruiters, said Tomlin, an entrepreneur based in New Haven. Games would be played in college stadiums, he said.
Tomlin said that the league had solidified deals with three owners and that he expected eight teams to be in place by the end of next month. He would not disclose which cities have teams. Buying a franchise costs $1.5 million, which includes salaries for 60 players. The league is expected to announce Thursday the selection of the retired NFL player Joe Cribbs as its commissioner. Cribbs was an All-Pro running back for the Buffalo Bills from 1980 through 1983, when he joined the U.S.F.L., which folded in 1985.
Source: New York Times