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Link To A USFL Radio Show
Sports Media Watchdog on BlogTalkRadio? has a great interview with Michael Damergis, author of The Rebel League (the USFL book, not the WHL book) about the United States Football League, that springtime outfit from the 1980s that so fascinates me. (Interview here)
It's not nostalgia for the league that interests me. It's how close they apparently came to founding a lasting off-season league. The host and Damergis talked about the several teams based in NFL cities that managed better attendance number than their NFL counterpart.
Also interesting is their observation, which I've noticed, that the annual spring practice scrimmages of the major universities- they cite the University of Michigan gaining 100k spectators- draw full-capacity crowds. Think about it, two units of one college scrimmaging against each other drawing such crowds! It tells you that the thirst for off-season football is still there.
And wherever the demand exist, somebody must be trying to produce the supply.