Leave it to Mark Cuban to take on the mighty NFL. I, for one, am all for it. I love football. I willingly give up one full day each week to watch the pros. I even register in online chat rooms to discuss ways to improve the NFL and to make this proposed new league successful. Further, if I had the means, I would gladly join Mr. Cuban in this endeavor he looks to pursue.
But, a word of caution, from my perspective as the customer, about the direction of this league. Mr. Cuban had stated that demand for football exceeds supply, creating this market he envisions. But, the true demand of which he speaks is for NFL quality football. If fans wanted lesser quality football, there is NCAA, high school, and Pee Wee or Pop Warner. Of course, I am not even mentioning the CFL, Arena Football, and NFL Europe. For my dollar and time, none of the others come close to the NFL. Why? The NFL has the best players, bar none. It’s not even close. Mr. Cuban has likely considered this reality. Does he really want to create another laughingstock pro football league that is in direct competition with the NFL? Well, here are a few ideas that I believe will give the UFL a fighting chance against the big monopoly on the block.
First, as Dirty Harry Callahan once said, “a man’s got to know his สมัครเข้าเว็บหลัก ufabet limitations.” Know yours, UFL. The NFL draws the best players. They always have, and they always will. Young kids dream of playing in the Super Bowl for their favorite NFL team. This mindset represents a hurdle that is just too high to overcome, even by paying new draft choices a few more dollars. I say the UFL should accept this and market themselves not as an alternative, but rather as a subordinate. Make it AAA football. Looking at the other major sports, one can see success with this plan. The NBA has the CBA, MLB has its farm system. Both are subordinate leagues that play at the same time of year, and both have championship games before the World Series and NBA Playoffs so as not to get smeared in a ratings war by more important games.
Second, do not have major rule changes. The XFL should come to mind here. Here is where I beg the owners to not turn the UFL into some hybrid nonsense. If there are to be rule changes, the UFL should be subtle. No Rouges, no unlimited offensive backfield motion, no changing overtime rules so that each team gets a possession. We fans have these options in other leagues. Fan ownership is a good idea, albeit one stolen from the Green Bay Packers. Good start, but major changes will offend the purists among football fans.