Recently, the UFL has named J.P. Losman the first signed player of the new football league, the United Football League. This is a big step for the league to take, and this signing will be followed by many more.
This league has a lot of potential ahead of it, and that is because the UFL isn't trying to compete with the NFL. History has shown us that the NFL will stay on top as long as it exists. The UFL Commissioner Michael Huyghue has already made positive comments about the possibility of his league becoming the NFL's minor league. The minor league addition for the NFL would be a lot different than the minor league that exists for the MLB.
The biggest factor for the UFL is that the players will be paid more than practice squad members of NFL teams on average. This will pull away low-key players in the NFL, and these players are important for scouting purposes. Every team makes an effort to be prepared for their opponent every week. Given these facts, I have formed an opinion about how the NFL and UFL will interact.
First, it will not be long until the NFL decides to attain the rights of the UFL and turn this upstart league into the NFL minor league. There are two realms of interaction that would benefit both leagues.
The first phase of interaction is obvious. Transferring players between the two leagues will benefit the NFL and the UFL because players will be better prepared for the tempo of the professional level. There would be a true gap-stop between collegiate and professional football. Majority of the fans, players, and officials believe that this is a really smart idea.
The second phase of the interaction is something that not many fans have given a lot of thought. The UFL would very likely perform practice squad duties for the NFL as well as play in their own games. While this could become a very tedious and tiring process, this would only benefit the NFL. I would imagine that specific teams would travel to NFL sites for certain periods of time in order to supply services as a scout team. The limited number of practice squad members at this point is negated, and the practices become more effective.
How do the practices become more effective? Well, instead of a practice squad in place, the NFL teams would get a "look" from a UFL team that has worked together for a long period of time (In order for this to be a realistic viewpoint, the UFL or minor league would have to field at least the same amount of practice units/teams that the NFL has). This familiarity between players would allow the UFL squad to raise its intensity during practices. The NFL teams would most likely have to work a lot harder in order to prevent being outdone by the UFL squad. The result of this is every NFL team would sharpen their concentration for games, and the regular season & postseason games would become more exciting for the fans.
This excitement is sure to bring higher revenue, which the NFL would have to give part to the UFL.
The problems with this league are that they lend themselves a little too much to the NFL. The movement of players would not cause a cohesive unit to take place. In order to prevent this, the UFL would have to solidify itself with some players that would stay for longer than 1 year. It'll be difficult to find those types of players, but they may be out there.
The UFL has to balance how many players stay, and joining the NFL would help that a lot.
We'll get to see how the UFL pans out, but I believe that I've stated the best course of action that this league can take.
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