A new USFL intends to relaunch. Can it avoid the overpopulated graveyard of failed football leagues?

A new USFL intends to relaunch. Can it avoid the overpopulated graveyard of failed football leagues?

Brian Woods 3, Vince McMahon 2.

That would be three spring football leagues Woods has started, or plans to, versus the WWE strongman’s two failed XFL iterations. Woods launched the shuttered Fall Experimental Football League in 2014, runs the pay-to-play Spring League, and on Thursday announced a relaunch of the United States Football League with plans to play next spring.

All of this is to remind fans excited about a return of the historic USFL, which brashly took on the NFL in the 1980s: don’t get your hopes up. The graveyard of failed developmental football leagues is pretty full already.

“The key to all of these (startup) leagues is where’s the capital?” said Randy Vataha, a former New England Patriots receiver and past USFL team owner who’s also a long-time sports investment banker. Vataha estimated it takes at least a quarter of a billion dollars to get a new football league up and running.

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