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Old 03-31-2010, 11:15 AM
 
Location: Omaha Nebraska and dreamland when I am sleeping
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New sport for new stadium?
By Jeffrey Robb
WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITER
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An upstart professional football league is high on Omaha as a potential expansion city, offering a possible new tenant to help fill a void in TD Ameritrade Park's schedule.

Six officials with the United Football League are in Omaha this week to brief community and corporate leaders on the discussions and try to confirm details to seal the deal, Commissioner Michael Huyghue told The World-Herald on Tuesday.

He said the league's analysis is 90 percent complete.

“If things work out right, we'd be very high on it as an expansion choice,” he said of Omaha.

AdvertisingThe manager of downtown's TD Ameritrade Park, the Metropolitan Entertainment and Convention Authority, confirmed Tuesday that it has held discussions with the UFL. But MECA President Roger Dixon said through a spokeswoman that no agreement has been reached.

The booking schedule at TD Ameritrade Park has been an issue since the City of Omaha decided to build a new baseball stadium for the two-week College World Series and the AAA Omaha Royals decided to play in Sarpy County rather than downtown.

The downtown stadium is due to open in 2011. Creighton baseball signed on to play some of its home games there next year, then its full home schedule — typically 20 to 25 games — starting in 2012.

The football league wants to expand before the downtown stadium opens and is considering Rosenblatt Stadium as the “most likely” football field for this fall, Huyghue said.

The league, he said, wants confirmation that the market would support the team and that the stadium arrangements would work. On the football front, the league also is looking at potential coaches.


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Old 03-31-2010, 12:17 PM
 
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Would the market support a UFL team? No. We would need an all out NFL team to stand a chance against Nebraska Cornhusker football.
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Old 03-31-2010, 01:13 PM
 
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I'll believe this when I see it.
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Old 03-31-2010, 01:44 PM
 
Location: Tampa (by way of Omaha)
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That would be awesome!
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Old 03-31-2010, 01:46 PM
 
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Too bad I already support the Florida Tuskers....
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Old 03-31-2010, 02:33 PM
 
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This would be kind of cool, but I'm kind of with pheaton. At first, I assumed the UFL schedule ran in the spring and summer, so as not to conflict with college and the NFL. I just don't see this area getting to behind a team that plays at the same time as NU. Now, if they played in the spring and summer then i could definitely see it as this isn't much of a baseball area and the sports scene is kind of empty during the spring and summer, apart from the CWS for a few weeks.

Maybe I'm wrong though. Its not like they're expecting Memorial Stadium type numbers, so maybe the market will sustain them. I'd like to see them give it a try though.

Update: I just looked at their website and see that they plan on playing most of their games on Friday and Saturday night during the normal football season. Wow, can you imagine how empty that stadium would be if NU was playing on a Saturday night? Crickets! Friday might have a chance, but there is also the conflict with highschool football.
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Old 03-31-2010, 02:47 PM
 
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This would be kind of cool, but I'm kind of with pheaton. At first, I assumed the UFL schedule ran in the spring and summer, so as not to conflict with college and the NFL. I just don't see this area getting to behind a team that plays at the same time as NU. Now, if they played in the spring and summer then i could definitely see it as this isn't much of a baseball area and the sports scene is kind of empty during the spring and summer, apart from the CWS for a few weeks.

Maybe I'm wrong though. Its not like they're expecting Memorial Stadium type numbers, so maybe the market will sustain them. I'd like to see them give it a try though.

Update: I just looked at their website and see that they plan on playing most of their games on Friday and Saturday night during the normal football season. Wow, can you imagine how empty that stadium would be if NU was playing on a Saturday night? Crickets! Friday might have a chance, but there is also the conflict with highschool football.
How could they plan something so poorly? Seriously!


On the other hand, maybe they could play on Saturday nights, but make sure they have about 4 JumboTrons in the stadium, broadcasting the Huskers games. Cheering would happen at the wrong times, but hey - you'd have a crowd!
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Old 03-31-2010, 03:32 PM
 
Location: Omaha Nebraska and dreamland when I am sleeping
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Friday might have a chance, but there is also the conflict with highschool football.

it would, especially if it is a (cheap shot coming)

Omaha Benson or Omaha South or Omaha Central high football game that is the same night as a UFC game.


(I keed Omaha Central high and also Benson and South. hope you do better at football in fall 2010.

it would be nice to see you guys actually do good and beat Millard South and Millard West at football
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Old 03-31-2010, 04:06 PM
 
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How could they plan something so poorly? Seriously!
It's the league that does the scheduling, not the team.
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Old 03-31-2010, 04:41 PM
 
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It's the league that does the scheduling, not the team.
Right, I know that. But how can they not see the obvious?

It's one thing if these are ideas being tossed around in a conference room. Brainstorming. That's typical.

But couldn't they actually put a better "end result" together? I have to wonder if the people who made this decision don't know anything about football.
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