UFL Places Team in Nebraska for Second Season of Play
Omaha, Neb. (Thursday, April 15, 2010) – The United Football League (UFL) took another major step in growth today, with the league announcing its first expansion franchise. The City of Omaha, Nebraska, will field a team in the UFL’s second season, bringing the current number of teams for the 2010 season to five.
“Expansion is an exciting time for a sports league, and we are excited to be here in a new UFL city that we believe will embrace an exciting and high-quality product on the field at an affordable price,” UFL Commissioner Michael Huyghue said at a press conference at the Qwest Center Omaha today. “Omaha fits the ideal UFL model of having a passionate fan base that we believe deserves a professional football team.”
Also announced today was that former Boston College head coach Jeff Jagodzinski will take over as the shot caller for the Omaha franchise. Jagodzinski accumulated a 20-8 overall record in two seasons with the Golden Eagles, and he previously served as the offensive coordinator for the Green Bay Packers before hitting the college ranks.
“I am delighted to have been charged with putting a winning team on the field and hope we can make the fans in Omaha proud of their expansion team,” Jagodzinski stated. “Our players and coaches will live in and become a part of the local community during the season and we cannot wait to get started.”
Plans were unveiled for the Omaha franchise to eventually move to TD Ameritrade Park once it is completed, and the team will play its home games at Rosenblatt Stadium during the 2010 season. The UFL is also conducting a special fan campaign to name the team called “Your Town, Your Team, Your Name – You Make The Call.”
The Omaha franchise will select its first players in an expansion draft that is planned for this Friday. The UFL is expected to add a sixth team for the 2010 season in the upcoming weeks, and much speculation is pointing to the City of San Antonio as the expected site of expansion. In addition to Omaha, the UFL currently has teams located in Hartford (Colonials), Las Vegas (Locomotives), Orlando (Florida Tuskers) and Sacramento (Mountain Lions).
"We are aggressively seeking further expansion," Huyghue confirmed today.
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