The Universal Football League announces its
intention to begin play in 1974. Birmingham is
among the cities listed as founding franchises.
Other cities are New York, Chicago, Phoenix,
Seattle, Tampa, Memphis, Anaheim, Mexico City
(Mexico) and Toronto (Canada).
organizers Tony Rizzano and Louis S. Goldman say
their league would field ten teams from the
United States, Mexico and Canada. Rizzano and
Goldman are both sports agents from Dayton,
Games would be played with new rules,
including several used by the Canadian Football
Prospective franchise owners would be charged
$3 million in cash for their franchises.
The UFL announcement comes just days after
plans were unveiled for Gary Davidson's
World Football League. Birmingham, as well
as most of the other cities of the UFL, are
sites for the WFL.