Commissioner Michael Huyghue and the UFL will likely announce a fifth franchise this Thursday (Photo courtesy of UFL).
League Expected to Announce Nebraska Franchise as Fifth Team for 2010
Omaha, Neb. (Tuesday, April 13, 2010) – The United Football League (UFL) has scheduled a press conference for Thursday in Omaha, with the league expected to announce its fifth team for the 2010 season. Taking place at the Qwest Center in Omaha, UFL Commissioner Michael Huyghue and Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle will address the Nebraska media.
“As the United Football League continues to expand, we are going to target markets that lack professional outdoor football,” Huyghue said in response to an email on the league website. “We are looking to create, as (Sacramento Mountain Lions head coach) Dennis Green called them, UFL cities.”
In addition to Sacramento, the UFL currently has teams located in Orlando (Florida Tuskers), Las Vegas (Locomotives) and Hartford (Colonials). A sixth franchise in San Antonio is believed to be on the verge of inclusion for the upcoming season as well.
In that same email response mentioned above, Huyghue commented on possible expansion markets, including Omaha.
“Cities such as Birmingham and Memphis have had professional football in the past, and in each of those circumstances, it was the league which failed the fans, not the fans who failed the league,” he stated. “We also like the potential of markets such as Albuquerque, New Mexico and Omaha, Nebraska, who have not had professional outdoor football in the past and therefore represent a fresh market and a fresh opportunity for our league.”
Both Birmingham and Memphis had teams in the now defunct United States Football and Xtreme Football League, and each city had American expansion franchises in the Canadian Football League.
The press conference planned for Thursday in Omaha is slated for a 10:30 a.m. start, and fans can follow along the activity on the league’s Twitter page @theUFL.