In the past few years, we have seen a large push to have a secondary Pro Football League supplementary to the NFL. We have seen upstarts from the Alliance of American Football, the XFL, and now, the Fan Controlled Football League. This new league hopes to start in February of 2021.
This new league has talked to some of the old legends of the NFL, including Ricky Williams and Brian Urlacher. If these two returned to uniform, they would see the field for the first time since 2011 and 2012, respectively. While the league hasn’t confirmed their agreement to play, a source says they are in talks. Former Heisman Trophy quarterback, Johnny Manziel is also reportedly in talks.
This new Pro Football League will take a different approach than anything before. The Fan Controlled Football League will rely on fans to call the plays through the streaming service, Twitch. The season will kick off the six-game season on February 13 of next year, just one week after the Super Bowl.
Previous Attempts at a Secondary Pro Football League
Unfortunately, neither of the first two Pro Football Leagues made it past one season. The Alliance of American Football played its inaugural season in 2019. However, the league only made it through eight weeks of the ten-week season before filing for bankruptcy. The League enjoyed bringing back old college favorites that didn’t pan out in the NFL and gave some third teamers a chance, but overall, the league did not produce enough income to survive.
Roughy the same happened in 2020 with the Xtreme Football League, though the XFL experienced marginally more success. Originally started in 2001 by Vince McMahon of the WWF and Dick Ebersol of NBC, the XFL intended to compete with the NFL. After the 2001 inaugural season, the league folded and the partners lost roughly $35 million.
In 2020, the football league attempted a reboot and found some success. However, coronavirus concerns ultimately led to a prematurely canceled season. The XFL is set to try again in 2021.