Mark Edward's In My Opinion: Pro football in the spring would be a hit
by Mark Edwards
medwards@annistonstar.com
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In the 1980s, the United States Football League conducted three spring seasons of pro football but failed financially after attempting to compete head-to-head with the NFL in the fall of 1986.

The USFL signed some good players and gave them experience, but the league’s problem was that it tried to take on the NFL and spend NFL-like money.

However, the idea of a spring league is a good one, especially now. Considering that pro football is firmly entrenched as the country’s most popular sport and college football is edging ahead of baseball to be No. 2, why not have a minor league football season in the spring?

Get the NFL behind it financially, just as the NBA bankrolls the NBA D-League. Allow end-of-the-bench players to participate, along with various players who either are just out of college or are looking for a roster spot.

Put the franchises in large cities, especially cities that already have an NFL team and stadium in which to compete.

Also, look at it this way — it would give ESPN something else to drone on and on about this time of year other than the NBA playoffs. And it would do something else that ESPN surely would love — it would give Tim Tebow a job.

Contact Sports Editor Mark Edwards at medwards@annistonstar.com. Read “In My Opinion” in every Anniston Star sports section, written by Star staff members.
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