Forget about the Dodgers and Angels in the playoffs last night in HD here in SoCal. I much preferred watching the United Football League
on Versus on my reconditioned netbook. I can relate a little to the UFL, since part of my 16-year career in main sports media was spent in mid-size markets. So really I understand just how tough credibility can be to come by for a start-up league.
But thankfully, the UFL is under the discriminating stewardship of the former agent of Pacman Jones, league commissioner Michael Huyghue. Huyghue clearly understands that in order to draw fans in a hotly-competitive, over-saturated, mid-week professional football market like Las Vegas, you have to give the fans what they want. As I’ve already found out personally, one of the league’s first priorities was to drill-down on online ticket sales. Then there’s the all-important …
(Alternative pronunciation: “Michael EUGGGGE”)
Minty fresh uniform colors:
(I’d brushed, flossed 26 times by the two-minute warning)
Room number-approved sideline reporters:
(Anita Marks actually a doll. Hello ACC football opp?!)
Referees keeping close watch over touchdown celebrations while outfitted in the finest officially-licensed racquetball apparel money can buy:
But as you know, if a new league is really to succeed, the commissioner has to be able to generate credibility from the outset.
During the nationally-televised UFL broadcast from the 36,800-seat Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, Huyghue reported this attendance figure on-air to Versus announcers Dave Sims and Doug Flutie: “15,000.”
Felt like breaking out the big arrow on that last one.