As we wait for college football and the NFL to return, a new developmental football league plans to launch this October, under the name Fall Experimental Football League (FXFL).
Led by commissioner Brian Woods, the FXFL is not looking to compete with the NFL, but ultimately to become a developmental league for professional football.
Could this be the minor league the NFL is potentially adding?
It might eventually become that, but for now, it's going to be players that would probably have a tough time even earning an invite to an NFL training camp. Still, it's nice to see a new football league rise up.
Per Barry Wilner of the Associated Press:
"Our long-term goal is to establish a partnership with the NFL and we feel can do that on many platforms," said Woods. "It would give them a way to work with younger players that they don't currently have. We can help them train prospective NFL officials - in the NBA, every referee entering the league (in recent years) comes from NBA Developmental League. We can be a testing ground for proposed rules, too."
The new league will start with six teams, including franchises in the New York and Boston areas and a team in Florida. The other three teams will play home games in Austin (Texas), Portland (Oregon), and Omaha (Nebraska). Games would be played mostly on Wednesday nights, to avoid overlap with either the NFL or college football.
Player salaries would be $1,000 a week. In a full year, that would equate to about $52,000 dollars. That's if players are getting paid in the offseason.
If it's just for training camp, offseason workouts and the regular season, it's more like $20,000-30,000. It's going to be hard to get players to join this league if they've got opportunities at other jobs.