On Sunday, fans discovered that the USFL updated their merch shop with gear showing multiple team logos, team names, and their associated cities. The teams shown are the Philadelphia Stars, Pittsburgh Maulers, Birmingham Stallions, and New Orleans Breakers. Some have speculated that these may be teams from an “Eastern Conference” or something along those lines. Before today, the Shop USFL website had nothing besides a picture reading “coming soon.”
With word of the USFL getting $150 million from Fox over the next 3 years, it would appear the league does in fact have plans to move from a hub location to each team residing in their own unique city. Recently there’ve been talks of the USFL seeking approval from the city of Birmingham to host their 2022 hub, which some have said could bring a financial boom to the area.
For the 2022 season, there will be 8 total teams participating in a 10-week season, followed by 3 weeks of playoffs and a Championship game. Additionally, Fox plans to launch a very aggressive advertising campaign for the league, with games hosted on Fox Sports, NBC Sports, and other affiliated networks.
With only half of the teams revealed so far, one would assume the remaining 4 franchises will be announced relatively soon.
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