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 Will Birmingham join the Universal Football League?


October 1973

    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).

League 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, Ohio.

Games would be played with new rules, including several used by the Canadian Football League.

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.


January 1974

      Razzano, still holding on to his dream, announces the UFL would hold off until the spring of 1975 to begin play due to stiff competition from the WFL.   


      With the ability of the World Football League to last a year and a half of playing, the Universal Football League was never able to advance past the planning stages.   
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Last Update: August 23, 2008