From none to two professional teams?

10.12.2007 by André Natta · → 4 Comments

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One of the many arguments against the construction of a new facility (or dome) that could host football games is the fact that while metro Birmingham is home to the Birmingham Barons, it does not currently field a professional major league team. It appears that there’s a chance for that to be rectified that as early as this spring as two startup professional football leagues consider making the Magic City one of their first homes.

UFL logoWe’ve already written about the All-American Football League and the tryouts held at Legion Field this summer. Well now the city has recently been mentioned as a possible franchise site for the new United Football League being founded by Bill Hambrecht, a former minority partner in the Oakland Invaders of the USFL, and Tim Armstrong, a senior executive at Google. The league would begin play in August 2008 with eight teams holding games on Friday nights. And you can help decide if we get the team.

According to this post on the site OnMemphis, fans in twelve cities are being offered the opportunity to reserve tickets at ticketRESERVE.com. The awarding of franchises will depend in part on the level of interest shown in these tickets. The service just started this week Tuesday, so if you’re interested, get on over there and reserve; if we don’t get chosen, you get your money back. Or do we really want a team?

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4 comments
Ellen
Ellen

Haven't we already tried 2nd-tier professional football? Didn't it fail? And this would compete with the soap opera / religious service that is high school football in this city? I don't think so.

Ellen
Ellen

Haven't we already tried 2nd-tier professional football? Didn't it fail? And this would compete with the soap opera / religious service that is high school football in this city? I don't think so.

Mojo Denbow
Mojo Denbow

From what I have seen in the 5 years I have lived Bama, it is my opinion that no team/league would do well here because the Tide and Tigers.

Mojo Denbow
Mojo Denbow

From what I have seen in the 5 years I have lived Bama, it is my opinion that no team/league would do well here because the Tide and Tigers.