Interesting article on CNN.com details the possibilities of the United Football League, which could be partly funded by Mavericks owner Mark Cuban. Not since the XFL has another league taken on the NFL and although Cuban and co-founder Bill Hambrecht have massive financial muscle, it's not like previous leagues have not had money.
Recall the USFL had some deep pocket owners, including Donald Trump. The XFL had a TV contract with NBC and financial backing from the wealthy WWE owner Vince McMahon. But no group has had enough money to tap into the public's love affair with the NFL.
I don't know that any of the previous leagues, however, have had the creativity of Cuban. The league plans to play games on Fridays -- a day the NFL is barred from playing on because of of anti-trust legislation the prevents a national telecast. That day has been reserved for high schools, but there may be a loophole that allows a new league to play.
If the league does get started, Cuban would be wise to employ basketball principles into a football league. There is no reason the XFL should have failed, but it tried to mimic wrestling, which was dumb, and the football coaches and GMs tried to sell smashmouth, defensive football rather than exciting offense.
Cuban certainly knows the value of offense. If he has a new league, it should be all run and gun.
-- Jan Hubbard