Alabamians love football and the state deserves pro football," UNFL co-founder Marvin Tomlin said.
said a possibility would be Hoover's Regions Park, which seats 15,000 for football.
"I'd rather have people not able to get in the game than have to play in a half-full stadium," said Tomlin
The league's goal is to average between 15,000 and 30,000 fans a game.
Like the AAFL
had planned to do, the UNFL
will try to obtain leases to play in college stadiums that are sitting dormant and have a built in fan base nearby.
"We want to grab that college crowd because most of these players will be right out of college.
We want to have a college community support their professional franchise," Tomlin
The UNFL plans to play a ten game season in January through April, bridging the gap
between the Super Bowl and the National Football League's draft, which previously had been football-free.
This timeframe was chosen in an effort to provide its players maximum exposure prior to the NFL Draft.
Each of the teams will have a 60-man roster that will be comprised of a maximum of 40 I-A players, allowing for a minimum of 20 players from I-AA programs or below to be evaluated.
said the UNFL
will be a development league for players who go undrafted by the NFL or wish to improve their draft status immediately after concluding college careers.
Pace and Tomlin
began thinking about forming a new league in 2006 when two small-school players they represented went undrafted by the NFL
"We want to build a brand regionally first and then take it nationally," Tomlin
Its business model centers on selling franchises and buying a franchise costs $1.5 million.
expects tickets to sell for about $11 a game.
Tomlin, who played briefly in the Canadian Football League, and league President Ben Eison are New Haven, Connecticut businessmen who are providing the funding for the league.
says the league will try to establish itself as a Triple-A version of the NFL
with the long-term goal of partnering with the established league to help develop talent.
"We'll prove we're different.
Most of the reasons why other leagues failed is because they tried to compete with NFL
We can't compete against the NFL
I tell everyone that there's one professional football league, and that's the National Football League
We will, however, use this time period to engage previous investors as well as entertain new ones," said Marvin Tomlin, the UNGL's co-founder and CEO.
Woody Widenhofer, team Alabama's head coach, said he
is more encouraged than ever there will be a league.
"I think they learned a little bit of a lesson and they're doing it right.
Make sure you have the money in the bank before we get started," Widenhofer said.
Marvin Tomlin, CEO of the UNGL, releases a statement saying the UNGL will delay the kickoff of their inaugural season to May 3, 2009.
According to Tomlin, the UNGL's "investor groups" have asked the league to delay the start date.
In an e-mail to players attributed to UNGL CEO Marvin Tomlin, the reason given was their difficulty in obtaining the necessary financing.
We are committed to creating opportunities for players and providing a high level of competition where everything counts and players are playing for their futures," said Marvin Tomlin, UNGL co-founder.