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Tuley's Takes on the USFL: Why 3 is even more key

April 13, 2022 09:04 PM

We love football here in the Tuley’s Takes home office.

I hope that’s evident during the NFL and NCAA seasons in the fall. We go through withdrawal when the college regular season comes to a close and then also die a little inside when the NFL regular season ends and, of course, after the Super Bowl.

So we’re very excited that we’re going to have spring football with the renewal of the USFL kicking off this weekend. I was in high school when the original USFL kicked off in 1983 and competed against the NFL with big salaries for its marquee stars — Heisman Trophy winners Herschel Walker and Doug Flutie (both signed by the New Jersey Generals, owned by a pre-presidential Donald J. Trump), Jim Kelly, Steve Young and Reggie White, among others. I was a kicker, so I liked the thought of extra pro jobs being available. But the league folded after three seasons when the USFL won its $1.69 billion antitrust lawsuit against the NFL’s monopoly but was awarded just $1 for damages (because it was an antitrust suit, the amount was tripled to $3.

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