It’s been tried before and failed, and now if a group of men with more money then they know what to do with it try it again, mark it down – it will fail. If your not following, a report broke Wednesday that Dallas Mavs owner Mark Cuban and a group are looking into the shot at forming a new football league that would rival the NFL. The league would play their games on Friday nights, and would focus on players drafted lower than the second round.
Right off the bat, this possible league has failure written all over it. Never mind the fact that Friday night is, across the country, the night for high school football, but how about those players drafted lower than the second round that go on to solid NFL careers? Why in this day and age would a player pass up the shot to play in the NFL to jump to a league that looks more like something thrown together like a backyard game then a league that long run would succeed.
Cuban told the AP on Wednesday that “We think there is more demand for pro football than supply.” I hope for Cuban’s sake, he takes a look at a couple of the previous challengers to the NFL’s title of the supreme football league, and decides to take a step back from the project. The other guy behind this league is Bill Hambrecht, who was a minority partner with the old Oakland Invaders, who played in the USFL from 1983-1985. Again, he failed with the Invaders 22 years ago, and he’ll fail now.
The World League, USFL, and XFL were all leagues that had high hopes upon their introduction to the American public. It did not take long for each league to show its flaws, and within a matter of time each league became so shallow in talent, fans and media attention, they were disbanded and all the hope and dreams of each league was flushed down the toilet.
Here’s hoping that a smart guy like Cuban, who should be smart enough to use his money for better things in live, finally reaches the conclusion that this league would fail, and fail hard. Leave the NFL alone, let them continue to be the premier league in sports, and be the league that fans all over the world embrace each and every time it shows up on TV. Unlike what Cuban says, there is enough football out there, let the pros handle it Mark. Just work on getting your Mavericks to the next level. Leave the NFL alone.