Rematch of 2009 Championship Game will Open Season
Jacksonville, Fla. (Thursday, April 29, 2010) – The United Football League (UFL) announced its 2010 schedule today, with a rematch of the 2009 league championship between the Florida Tuskers and Las Vegas Locomotives opening the season. The UFL will play a 10-week season in its second year of operation, and the season will run from September until Thanksgiving Weekend.
“With the announcement of this schedule, we are thrilled to not only add a team but also to feature a rematch of our championship game between Florida and Las Vegas in Week One,” UFL Commissioner Michael Huyghue commented.
The UFL added a franchise in Omaha during the offseason, bringing the total number of teams to five clubs for this fall. After playing the majority of its games on Thursday nights during its inaugural season, Huyghue also spoke today about a slight shift in the 2010 schedule, as well as commenting on future expansion for the league.
“Our games will be primarily focused on Friday and Saturday nights,” he stated. “We are growing steadily as a league with the introduction of a fifth team and are actively pursuing additional expansion teams for 2011 and beyond. A five-team line up allows players and coaches to benefit from bye weeks and gives fans four home games to cheer on their team.”
The UFL wrapped up its annual league meetings last week in Orlando, and one major development that came out of the gathering was the announcement of Mark Cuban joining the UFL ownership group. Cuban, who opted for a stake in league ownership rather than at the team level, had previous involvement with the UFL after airing games in 2009 on his television network, HDNet. Along with Versus, HDNet served as an official television partner of the UFL during its inaugural year of play, and the league is expected to bring in a third broadcast partner for the upcoming season.
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