UFL Yet to be Discussed by CT Sports Advisory Board

istock_000003705748small15Following some public waffling on whether the Arena Football League (AFL) will play football in 2009, the AFL has announced that the upcoming season has in fact been cancelled.  The AFL, however, does plan on playing in 2010.  The suspension of the 23 year-old league seemingly creates an opening, and a ready talent-source, for the United Football League (UFL), which plans to start play in fall 2009.  

As for Hartford’s potential as a host city for a UFL team, there has been little news.  Of note, the Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism has formed a Sports Advisory Board, as directed by the General Assembly.  The Sports Advisory Board is in its infancy and it does not appear that the UFL has been discussed (click here for the Board’s agendas and meeting minutes).  However, it does appear that Northland Investment Corporation, the investor reportedly interested in a UFL team, has a representative on the Board, Chuck Steedman.  Considering that Hartford is listed on the UFL’s website as one of the 8 finalists for 6 UFL teams, the Board should certainly add the UFL to its agenda.

UPDATE:  In an interview with Darren Rovell, the COO of the UFL, Frank Vuono, stated that Hartford would be home to 1 of the 6 UFL teams.  To read the interview, which also deals with the UFL’s player strategy and salary cap, click here.


  1. I think Hartford should have at least one Professional sports team. The government is looking for ways to get money with out raising taxes what better way then a Proffesional sports team. Since The Uconn fan base is building up this would the perfect time for the UFL to put one of their teams in connecticut. Some people say look what happened to the whalers, part of the problem was the owner wanted to move his team. The other part is Hockey is not a very popular sport and this is coming from a former Whalers fan. I think a football team would have more succes. It does need more adverising though in the beging of March 2009 was the first I’ve heard of the UFL and it was suppost to start in 2008. As for the UFL, Connecticut would be a better choice then New York because then people from Massachussets and Rhode Island, and if the Team was labled A New England Team the fan base would become even be bigger.

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  1. […] the return of the Whalers can be filed in the same speculative category as the possibility of a UFL franchise in Hartford and the relocation of the New England Revolution to Hartford.  In fact, those teams wouldn’t […]

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