In the last few weeks the United Football League announced that it would play a fourth season with the same four franchises as last year – the Las Vegas Locos, the Sacramento Mountain Lions, the Omaha Nighthawks and the defending champion Virginia Destroyers. The UFL will be teaming up with CBS Sports Network, which will air every game of the 2012 campaign.
It’s great to see the UFL back for a fourth season after what went down last year. The last few games of the season were wiped out and the league rushed into a championship contest where the Destroyers beat the two-time defending champion Locos for the title. Shortly after, league commissioner Michael Huyghue announced his resignation and the UFL went dark.
Now it’s back and has already posted an eight-game schedule followed by a championship, but one of its original coaches is gone. Former NFL head coach Dennis Green, who coached the Sacramento Mountain Lions/California Redwoods franchise for all three years, is not returning and he’s reportedly suing the team and the league for $1 million for breach of contract.
It’s no secret the UFL has had some troubles paying its bills in the past and only time will tell if the league can turn a financial corner in its 4th year. It’s hard to imagine there are enough funds or future investors out there if the product continues to lose money. That’s a shame because anyone who has seen UFL action since 2009 knows the on-the-field play was solid.