The New USFL May Be Stopped Via Lawsuit

The New USFL May Be Stopped Via Lawsuit

Die-hard football fans that are still craving for some football had to have been excited about the new USFL (United States Football League) that was starting in the middle of April.    However, the plans for the new USFL may have come to a screeching halt. 

This has come courtesy of a lawsuit that has been filed by numerous owners and executives from the original USFL.    They have filed a lawsuit against Fox Sports and the new USFL due to the fact that this new league is using the same name and team nicknames that were used in the old USFL. They did this using an entity called “The Real USFL, LLC”.

The lawsuit was filed in federal court in California on Monday.

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Indeed, the new USFL is using the same nicknames as the old USFL.   The teams are Birmingham Stallions, Houston Gamblers, New Orleans Breakers, Tampa Bay Bandits, Michigan Panthers, New Jersey Generals, Philadelphia Stars, and the Pittsburgh Maulers.     The current USFL claims that it's retained the rights to the original USFL team names.  They have even taken the step of giving these franchises new logos for their team names. 

The former owners of the old USFL are contending that permission was needed for use of the league’s name and team names.  

In a press release, a co-counsel for the initial USFL owners and executives contended that Fox is capitalizing on the nostalgia of the old USFL without the consent of the people who made the league possible.    He accused Fox of deliberately confusing the original USFL with the new USFL. 

However, Fox Sports and the new USFL believe that the lawsuit filed has no merit whatsoever.   They state that the new USFL registered its intellectual property rights in 2011.   Furthermore, they argued that the original USFL abandoned their trademarks given that the league has been defunct for nearly three decades. 

The initial version of the USFL lasted for three years (1983-1986).  However, the league did introduce the world to great players such as the late Reggie White.    

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Initially, the old USFL was able to offer salaries that outpaced the salaries offered by the NFL.  However, the salaries became unsustainable due to the fact that there was no salary cap in place.   This was the primary reason that the old USFL folded.    

The first game in the new USFL is a game between the New Jersey Generals and the Birmingham Barons on April 16th.    As long as this lawsuit is taking place, it is safe to say that the league’s future plans could definitely change. 

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