Commissioner Huyghue Discusses UFL at Rentschler Field

CommishUFL Commissioner Michael Huyghue spoke to the assembled media at Rentschler Field on a variety of items concerning the business of  the UFL.  Here are some notes and highlights from the discussion:

Single Entity

The UFL employs a single entity business model.  All teams share a single training facility and one General Manager handles personnel matters for all four UFL teams.  This model has allowed the league to control costs.  In fact, Commissioner Huyghue commented that the UFL’s Premiere Season has been run for a quarter of the cost of NFL Europe fifteen years ago.

Franchise Ownership

The league owns fifty-percent of each of the current franchises, and will own fifty-percent of future franchises, including Hartford.

Potential Hartford Franchise

Commissioner Huyghue sees an opportunity for success in Hartford.  First and foremost, Hartford is an attractive location because of  the existence of a first class venue, Rentschler Field.  Commissioner Huyghue didn’t completely dismiss the possibility of playing at the Yale Bowl, but said of Rentschler Field “we love this place.”   He also cited the region’s interest in football as evidenced by the success of UConn football.  With respect to professional teams in other sports that have called Connecticut home, Commissioner Huyghue believes that football is an easier sell to fans than other sports.

Players

ufl1The UFL is natural place for fourth and fifth year NFL players who have yet to earn a starting job, but whose minimum salaries keep rising.  It’s difficult for NFL teams to keep these players when they can be replaced by younger, less expensive players.  In addition, Commissioner Huyghue believes that sixth and seventh round picks in the NFL Draft might find the UFL a preferable alternative to the bottom of an NFL roster.  The UFL can offer an opportunity for real playing time and exposure.

Collaboration with NFL

Commissioner Huyghue is clear that the UFL is positioned to complement, not complete with, the NFL.  And he thinks that the NFL already sees the benefit of players gaining experience and getting more tape on UFL players.  In addition, Commissioner Huyghue notes that the UFL front office staff has extensive experience with the NFL and implied that the lines of communication between the leagues are open.

Comments

  1. Zachary Boulier says:

    suggestion for names for the teams, Hartford Whalers,
    Connecticut Choppers,(for the helicopters plants in ct)

  2. Anthony Coleman says:

    I like the name “Hartford Hustle” for the UFL team

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