Yet another football league in the works
The professional football market is beginning to get a little crowded. We already have the NFL and will soon have Vince McMahon's reboot of the XFL, as well as the Alliance of American Football. For those who still can't get enough of gridiron matchups, another league is expected to be added to the lineup, as well.
Three former NFL pros - Terrell Owens, Ricky Williams and Simeon Rice - have announced that they, along with a handful of other former players, are creating the Freedom Football League. The league has as its goal the "reimagining, rethinking, reinventing and reforming" of football.
The new league already has 100 stakeholders, of which 50 are former NFL pros. Among these are Jeff Garcia, Dexter Jackson and Byron Chamberlain.
In speaking with "Outside the Lines" on ESPN, Williams explained, "The purpose of this league ... is about community and the development of players... In thinking about creating this league, I wanted to create a league that I could have stayed in and been comfortable and really thrived...The NFL started a long time ago, and since then a lot of things have changed. And we want to create a league that's ready for that change and invite some more of it."
The league will kick off with ten teams, but expansion plans are in the playbook. The games will be held during the spring and summer, which will overlap partially the AAF league's games, giving football fans the ability to watch their favorite pastime virtually all year without relying on reruns.