The United Football League will begin its third season in August, playing a good portion of the 10-game schedule on Sundays.
“The intent is to play before the National Football League season begins and to start incorporating Sundays into the schedule,” UFL commissioner Michael Huyghue said Wednesday from Omaha, Neb., site of Saturday’s UFL title game between the Locomotives and the Florida Tuskers. “There has been more and more talk about the dissatisfaction with the NFL’s preseason — the games don’t count, and the stars typically don’t play.
“From a fan’s standpoint, you’re going to see a more competitive football game on Sundays during the NFL preseason in our games. Their games don’t count in August. Ours do.”
The UFL’s first two seasons started in September, after the NFL regular season was under way. The 2011 UFL campaign will cover 12 weeks, with each team playing 10 games.
The roster of teams for next season includes Las Vegas, Florida, Omaha, Sacramento, Hartford and Virginia, an expansion team that will play in Hampton Roads. Huyghue said the league is still exploring adding two more teams for next season. Portland, Ore., and Los Angeles have been mentioned as possible locations.