About the UFL
The UFL provides high-quality professional football during a traditional fall season while embracing innovation and fan interaction. The UFL serves its local communities with pride and dedication, and aims to provide every fan with an exciting and memorable game experience. The two-time UFL champion Las Vegas Locomotives will battle the Omaha Nighthawks, Sacramento Mountain Lions and Virginia Destroyers for the William Hambrecht Trophy in 2011. The UFL will look to continue to grow in 2012 and beyond.
The UFL is owned by a consortium of private investors, including William Hambrecht of WR Hambrecht + Co and aol CEO Tim Armstrong, who founded the league. Paul Pelosi and other investors are also part of the UFL ownership team.
In 2009 and 2010, UFL games were nationally broadcast on VERSUS and HDNet, as well as webcast on UFL-Football.com. Additionally, two 2010 games were broadcast on New England Sports Network, and the 2010 UFL Championship Game was broadcast live and in high-definition on YouTube, featuring four alternative camera angles and fan interaction through Twitter and Facebook.
Plans for broadcasts for the 2011 season are being finalized.
UFL Mission Statement
“The UFL provides high-quality professional football during a traditional fall season while embracing innovation and fan interaction. The UFL serves its local communities with pride and dedication, and aims to provide every fan with an exciting and memorable game experience. The two-time UFL champion Las Vegas Locomotives will battle the Omaha Nighthawks, Sacramento Mountain Lions and Virginia Destroyers for the William Hambrecht Trophy in 2011. The UFL is led by Commissioner Michael Huyghue and is funded by a consortium of private investors.”
When will UFL games be played?
The UFL plays during the traditional fall season. The UFL offers real, highly-competitive 11-on-11 outdoor professional football in high-quality venues. The 2011 season will run from September to November with 7 weeks of regular-season play and the 2011 Championship Game.
Where are the UFL’s teams based?
In 2011, the UFL will field four teams – the Las Vegas (Nevada) Locomotives, the Omaha (Nebraska) Nighthawks, the Sacramento (California) Mountain Lions and the Virginia (Hampton Roads-area) Destroyers.
Who will coach in the UFL?
The four UFL Head Coaches are Virginia’s Marty Schottenheimer, one of the winningest Head Coaches in National Football League history; Las Vegas’ Jim Fassel, the former New York Giants boss who has guided the Locos to back-to-back UFL championships; Sacramento’s Dennis Green, the ex-Minnesota Vikings and Arizona Cardinals field general and Omaha’s Joe Moglia, the former Chairman and CEO of TD Ameritrade and ex-Defensive Coordinator at Dartmouth.
Moglia also is the Nighthawks’ President, Fassel also is the Locos’ General Manager and President and Green and Schottenheimer all also serve as their respective team’s General Manager.
History of the UFL
In the mid-‘90s when the Los Angeles Rams moved to St. Louis and the Houston Oilers moved to Nashville, Bill Hambrecht was mystified. It was illogical that NFL teams would be leaving two of the largest and best growth markets in the country. From a marketing angle, he knew there was room for more football teams. In conversations during this same period with coaching legend Bill Walsh, Hambrecht realized that there were lots of really good football players who could not fit onto NFL rosters.
Fast forward ten years and this idea has now become a reality as the United Football League played its “Premiere” season during the fall of 2009 and is currently preparing for a second season set to kickoff in September of 2010.
Although the UFL first reached the public spotlight in an article in The New York Times Magazine on June 3, 2007, Hambrecht was years into planning his disruptive business model for a professional football league that would complement the NFL. Many, if not all, of the core tenets on which the League was conceived still remain today. The basic principles of the Hambrecht model was to provide quality football at affordable prices in underserved markets. The average ticket price for a UFL game is