Mark Cuban is considering joining a group that would launch a new football league:
"It's a pretty simple concept," Cuban said in an e-mail to The Associated Press. "We think there is more demand for pro football than supply."
I think Cuban is correct. The XFL proved that. What, you say the XFL was a failure? It drew 30,000+ fans in L.A. and did well in some other markets. The problem with the XFL is that it was advertised as better than the NFL, which it never could be in the short term. It was also launched right at the start of a recession when ad dollars dried up.
If a rival league is launched to compliment the NFL, I think it would work. There's a real gap in the sports calendar right now between the end of the Super Bowl and March Madness. The NFL keeps pushing the Super Bowl into February, so that narrows the hole. (I've always been a big advocate that the NHL should start their season in July and have the Stanley Cup in this period, but that's for another blog post). There would certainly be interest from television networks to show more football on tv.
It looks like Cuban at least realizes there's interest in a second tier football league. Play on Friday's. Use it as a kind of minor league system. People can't get enough football. Just don't try to outspend the NFL on the best players or claim the product on the field is better.
Posted by Peter Schoenke at 5/30/2007 3:44:00 PM