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ESPN Films: 30 For 30- Small Potatoes: Who Killed The USFL

August 31, 2014
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The Donald

Source: ESPN Films: 30 For 30- Small Potatoes: Who Killed The USFL

I could just write that Donald Trump by himself killed the old United States Football League that only lasted for three seasons from 1983-85 and I’m actually old enough to remember games from all three seasons. I could write that and it would be mostly true about Donald Trump. Because he was involved in the league owning the New Jersey Generals, but he was the Dan Snyder of the USFL. A great businessman outside of pro football with no business being involved in pro football.

But the whole story is that the USFL folded for multiple reasons and even though The Donald had a hand in several of those reasons why the league folded. It wasn’t all his fault but with The Donald I could put down the facts that the league grew way too fast going to eighteen teams by 1985. And also expanding in NFL markets that already great established pro football franchises and weren’t looking for another pro football franchise like. Washington, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Boston, Detroit, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Tampa, and Denver. And I could put the fact that Donald Trump decided the USFL should be playing in the fall and go up against the NFL. When they had the spring and summer all to themselves.

So yeah I could put most of the failures of the old USFL on Donald Trump. Because he had a hand in a lot of their management failures. But he wasn’t the Commissioner of the USFL, but the majority owner of one of their franchises. And the USFL didn’t have strong enough people among their other owners or a commissioner to stand up. And say “you know what we shouldn’t be doing this. Going up against the NFL in their own markets and playing when they do. When we have all of these other major markets that do not have a major league pro football franchise yet”. If they had strong smart people like that, they probably never go out of business. And have the spring and summer to themselves and still be in business in today.

 

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