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The UFL Is Destined For Darkness

The writing was on the wall.  When it was announced earlier this year that the United Football League’s (UFL) training camp would be suspended for 30 days and its regular season games were pushed back a month, I started to wonder just how much longer the fledgling league had in it.  The UFL had been struggling for quite some time.  It lost $45-50 million in 2010 in addition to losing $32 million in 2009, has owed millions of dollars to creditors (including Mark Cuban), has had issued paying its medical bills, and took quite some time to pay overdue agent fees.

When I heard that the UFL was suspending training camp and pushing back regular season games, I admitted that the league continued to be a good platform for pro athletes to display their skills, so long as the UFL was able to play out a full season.  But the UFL just announced that the season has been shortened, and many believe that it will not return in 2012.

Mark your calendars for October 21 – when the powerhouse Las Vegas Locomotives take on the Virginia Destroyers in the UFL Championship Game.  It may be the first and last time you watch a UFL game.

By Darren Heitner

Darren Heitner created Sports Agent Blog as a New Year's Resolution on December 31, 2005. Originally titled, "I Want To Be A Sports Agent," the website was founded with the intention of causing Heitner to learn more about the profession that he wanted to join, meet reputable individuals in the space and force himself to stay on top of the latest news and trends.

Heitner now runs Heitner Legal, P.L.L.C., which is a law firm with many practice areas, including sports law and contract law. Heitner has represented numerous athletes and sports agents as legal counsel. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Indiana University Bloomington from 2011-2014, where he created and taught a course titled, Sport Agency Management, which included subjects ranging from NCAA regulations to athlete agent certification and the rules governing the profession. Heitner serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where he teaches a Sports Law class that includes case law surrounding athlete agents and the NCAA rules.

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