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Taking on the NFL in 2008

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Pancamo, May 30, 2007.

  1. Pancamo

    Pancamo Active Member

    http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/03/sports/playmagazine/0603play-business.html?ex=1338523200&en=e87310a952fa557f&ei=5090&partner=rssuserland&emc=rss

    Cuban is the first owner to sign on.
     
  2. Chi City 81

    Chi City 81 Guest

    No shit. Did you read the part where it says they plan to play their games on Friday nights in the fall? How ridiculously oblivious can you be?
     
  3. My thoughts, exactly, Junkie. I don't get why Play did this story. Maybe this is just an excerpt to "get people's attention" (ooooh), but there doesn't seem to be a whole lot in there that leads me to believe that this new league will be different than the others before it.

    Other than the story about the kid who was pitching for the super all-star traveling baseball team, I've been pretty disappointed with "Play." I thought it was supposed to a little more hard-core sports, but it just seems like sports written for non-sports people to ignore.
     
  4. zagoshe

    zagoshe Well-Known Member

    Here is my suggestion for the league's first commissioner given that he's had so much succes in this area in the past......

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  5. bostonbred

    bostonbred Guest

    hahahaha

    vinnie mac!
     
  6. patchs

    patchs Active Member

    The fact they want to copy the AFL's business model is the key.
    If they can hold on during the initial losses, they might have a chance to build a niche product.
    If they try to take on the NFL after a few years, they'll become USFL II.
    If they last more than 5 years and can get some talent, they could give the NFL a run for its money.
    The key, as always, is TV.
    The NFL has every major network locked up and you can only do so well airing only on Versus.
    I can't think of any other major cable outlet that does not have NFL ties.
     
  7. zagoshe

    zagoshe Well-Known Member

    And of course, this will naturally be the new football league's first superstar.....

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  8. Simon_Cowbell

    Simon_Cowbell Active Member

    Yeah, all those dads of high school players will head over there instead.
     
  9. pseudo

    pseudo Active Member

    The AFL's business model was to compete for the NFL's star players, not the bottom 20 on the roster. Not sure I see the next Joe Namath out there, unless Cuban is willing to dig deep into his own bankroll.
     
  10. boots

    boots New Member

    It can be done. Get a few disgruntled stars, a few has beens and a few college superstars and the NFL suddenly has competition.
     
  11. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    sorry I jumped you on the deleted thread, Bootsie.
     
  12. Beef03

    Beef03 Active Member

    Souds a lot like what the reinvention of the World Hockey Association tried to do a couple of seasons ago but failed miserably. They even had an NHL lockout working in their favour and still screwed it up.
     
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