Football Coming Back to O-Town?

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Orlando to get United Football League team

Get ready Orlando. Another professional city football league is in the works and could be here as early as May 2008.

The United Football League, a brainchild of google executive Tim Armstrong and billionaire Bill Hambrecht, is scheduled to debut in 12 non NFL cities, including Orlando, next August. League commissioner Michael Huyghue spoke with city officials Thursday in hopes to secure the Florida Citrus Bowl as a home.

Huyghue, a former general manager for the Jacksonville Jaguars, said he was confident in the UFL’s business model, which would have NFL caliber players competing on Friday nights in the fall directly against high school football.

“We may start games later on Friday,” Huyghue said. “We’ll have played three or four games before the high school season starts and end Thanksgiving weekend before championships.”

Currently, the UFL has secured four team owners and will release the names later this month. No one has made the $60 million commitment to purchase an Orlando team, but Huyghue said there are several interested parties outside Florida. Huyghue said the UFL is highly interested to make Orlando the centerpiece for the league with mini-camp being hosted here next May, training camp in July and an all-star game here as well.

Orlando has been the pit-stop for several failed start-up professional leagues such as the XFL and USFL, but few have been guided by someone with the expertise of Huyghue.

Huyghue, a Michigan law graduate, was a key executive in the Jaguars start-up years when they won two AFC Central Division Championships and produced three-time Pro Bowl quarterback Mark Brunell.

Before that he joined the Detroit Lions as Vice President and General Counsel and started his career as an attorney with the NFL Management Council in 1987.

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