Sports Briefs

UFL’s Competition may be Sidelined

ufl3Yesterday an Arena Football League owner announced that the league will be suspending operations for the upcoming season.  Today, the AFL is reconsidering and announced that it plans to play in 2009.  Whatever the outcome, the struggles of the AFL are unfortunate.  The AFL has quietly been in existence for 23 years, serving as both a feeder-league to the NFL (see Kurt Warner)  and enjoying success in its own right. 

However, the misfortunes of the AFL could prove beneficial for the upstart UFL, which is considering placing a team in Hartford.  Gabe Feldman of Sports Law Blog points out that the AFL’s demise can only help the upstart UFL by eliminating competition and providing a large pool of coaches and players to form UFL teams.

UConn Football Heading to International Bowl

browndonaldUConn football has accepted a bid to the International Bowl, to be played on January 3, 2009 in Toronto, Canada.  Desmond Connor of The Hartford Courant, writes about the benefits of playing in a bowl game.  UConn Running Back Donald Brown, having been snubbed by the Doak Walker award, has been named Big East Offensive Player of the Year.

UConn Basketball Contracts Published

c6qa13f1t1_auriemma_getty1For UConn basketball junkies, The Hartford Courant has posted copies of the contracts of UConn basketball coaches Jim Calhoun and Geno Auriemma.

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