New spring football league little threat to CFL

There is yet another spring football league trying to start up in the United States and it looks to have as much credibility as previous attempts (which is to say, not very much.)

Things got off to a rather inauspicious start this afternoon when Sirius XM NFL Radio fired off this Tweet:

An NFL-affiliated league – which is under discussion – would be something to be taken very seriously. But today’s report was quickly refuted.

Instead, the new entity would appear to be The Spring League – a four-team exhibition showcase for 160 players playing six games. It would cost players $350 just to apply, earning them a tryout. Players who are ultimately selected would receive housing and a “per diem” but no actual salary.

The league is reportedly backed by the same group that ran the Fall Experimental Football League (FXFL) in 2014 and 2015, ultimately collapsing mid-way through their second season.

At least they got off the ground. The most recent attempt, Major League Football, went so far as to draft players – including quarterback Dan LeFevour – but ultimately “postponed” their launch (they were subsequently hit with an eviction notice on their Florida headquarters.) Other would-be leagues over the years include World Football League, the United States Football League, the XFL and United Football League (all of which lasted less than five years.)

From a CFL perspective, a viable spring league could potentially compete for talent, hurting the quality of the Canadian game and if the NFL ever decides to get involved, there could be cause for concern. The Spring League, however, would appear to pose little to no threat.

Drew Edwards

Drew Edwards

Drew Edwards is into his eighth season covering the CFL and the Ticats for the Hamilton Spectator. He is the founder and editor of 3DownNation.
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7 Comments on New spring football league little threat to CFL

  1. Terry Baxter // December 23, 2016 at 9:45 am //

    Indeed. There have been rumours the last couple of years that the nfl would start up a developmental league. If that were to happen, the CFL would of course suffer perhaps only in the short term. So many attempts have been made to start up new football leagues with no success. Even nfl Europe did not last long.

  2. The CFL is the NFL’s developmental league. When players excel in the CFL and are young, they get plucked to practice squads (few exceptions excel in NFL too). Option year has been disastrous for CFL.

  3. Terry Baxter // December 23, 2016 at 10:11 am //

    Yes CFL provides some players to the NFL. But the CFL is too small to be a developmental league. How many players leave the CFL and stick in the NFL each year? Not that many. What the NFL has been talking about wrt a developmental league is something along the lines of the AHL/NHL model. Not sure if that would fly or not but that is where the NFL minds are at wrt a developmental league

  4. MFLB settled that eviction lawsuit according to their latest filing.

    MLFB had no revenues for the last 6 months, while they still are attempting to play in 2017. Only way that happens is if they can find somebody willing to lose money as history has shown non-NFL professional football is almost always a money loser. Funding football is just expensive and with the oversaturation of the NFL and NCAA games, the potential audience only is a niche of a niche.

    For you rich & dumb money-marks out there, just give me your money instead of investing in a football league. Handing me the money will only be a one-time payment. Getting involved in professional football will just keep sipping money out of your pocket until there is nothing left.

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