The UFL has been in the news a little bit lately. For those not in the know the UFL is the United Football League created by William Hambrecht a Wall Street Investor who was once a minority owner in the USFL’s Oakland Invaders football team, and Tim Armstrong a former executive at Google, and now the Chairman and CEO of AOL.
These men have hired Michael Huyghue as the Commissioner of their League. Huyghue previously worked for the NFLPA, the NFL management council, served as Vice President of the Detroit Lions, and was the General Manager of the Birmingham Fire of the old World league of American Football. Hr was also a sports agent who clients included one Adam “Pac man” Jones.
The biggest piece of news out of this league is that William Mayer, founder of Park Avenue Equity, ids the leagues latest investor and owner of the league’s New York franchise. Mark Cuban, owner of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks is also a rumored investor but his role for 2009 seems to be as of yet undefined. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s husband Paul Pelosi is also reported to be an investor in the league.
The leauge will field only four tams for its 2009 inaugural season, one each in San Francisco, Las Vegas, Orlando, and New York. The league has gone all out to hire big name head coaches and football fans will surely recognize these next three names Dennis Green will coach in San Francisco, Jim Fassell will coach the Las Vegas Franchise, while Jim Haslett will coach the Orlando team. Ted Cotrell, previously the Defensive coordinator for the Buffalo Bills, New York Jets, Minnesota Vikings, and San Diego Chargers will be the Head Coach of the New York team.