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The Freedom Football League

captaind

Resist the Dark Side — Join the Alliance
#1
It’s getting crowded up in here.

T.O, Ricky Williams, Jeff Garcia & Simeon Rice just threw their hat in the ring with yet another new upstart football league.
 

Gill Man

Inaugural San Diego Charger Fan Since 1962 FUDEAN
Staff member
Moderator
#5
maybe it's a conspiracy,,,,,,,saturate America with so much football that we end up hating the sport and crave soccer instead.
 

Harryo the K

Well-Known Member
#9
The league will play during the spring as to avoid competing against the NFL and collegiate football in the fall.

According to ESPN.com, there will be 10 teams when the league starts—the San Diego Warriors, Oklahoma City Power, Portland Progress, Texas Revolution, Ohio Players, Florida Strong, Birmingham Kings, St. Louis Independence, Connecticut Underground and Oakland Panthers—with the chance for eventual expansion if it succeeds.



I might come out of retirement. I use to have splinter end. And tight end blocking, years of experience.
 
#11
The league will play during the spring as to avoid competing against the NFL and collegiate football in the fall.

According to ESPN.com, there will be 10 teams when the league starts—the San Diego Warriors, Oklahoma City Power, Portland Progress, Texas Revolution, Ohio Players, Florida Strong, Birmingham Kings, St. Louis Independence, Connecticut Underground and Oakland Panthers—with the chance for eventual expansion if it succeeds.



I might come out of retirement. I use to have splinter end. And tight end blocking, years of experience.
A team in San Diego? I haven’t heard anything about the San Diego Warriors. Is this arena football? By arena I mean high school gymnasiums?
 

SDRay

FU Spanos and Dundon
Staff member
Administrator
Podcaster
#13
San Diego selected as one of ten cities for new Freedom Football League

https://www.kusi.com/san-diego-selected-as-one-of-ten-cities-for-new-freedom-football-league/

A group of 50 former NFL players, including Patrick Henry alumnus Ricky Williams, announced the formation of the new Freedom Football League on Thursday.

The league, which plans on playing its games in the spring and summer, will allow fans to purchase ownership stakes in each of the franchises, a stark contrast from the current ownership structure of the NFL.

Among the cities awarded a franchise was San Diego, as the FFL focuses on cities that do not have an official presence. The team will be known as the San Diego Warriors.

The league sent out the following press release Thursday:

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 06, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Freedom Football League (FFL) was formed by a legion of former National Football League (NFL) players with successful careers as entrepreneurs, football operations experts, health and wellness thought-leaders and financial visionaries who are committed to reimagining, rethinking, reinventing and reforming professional American football.

This announcement follows two years of dedicated work and financial investment from a coalition of 50 former players. These early owners and founders of the FFL include former NFL star and Heisman trophy winner Ricky Williams; Hall of Fame wide receiver Terrell Owens; two-time Super Bowl Champion tight end Byron Chamberlain; three-time Pro-Bowl defensive end Simeon Rice; four-time NFL Pro-Bowl quarterback Jeff Garcia; Super Bowl Champion and MVP defensive back Dexter Jackson; and many others. The league is designed to attract football players at their highest level of athletic ability, including those defecting from the NFL, graduating college or high school or playing in international or alternative professional football leagues.

There are many wide-ranging issues in today’s professional football landscape, one that has historically been dominated by the NFL. Current NFL ownership, with a market capitalization of over $100 billion is closely-held and controlled by 30+ wealthy billionaire families and generates, on average, over $100 million of annual profits per team per year. This ownership schism creates an exploitative dynamic between owners/front-office personnel and the players and coaches, neglects the long-term health and well-being of the players and gouges the fans with outrageous ticket prices.

By contrast, the FFL will be financed by a combination of private funding and public offerings in 2019. The league will be owned by a unique consortium that includes former NFL players, active players from each FFL team, the local franchise operators and, most uniquely, the fans. All teams will be owned by an authentic alliance of fans and players together, as true owners and legally-committed business partners with perfectly-aligned economic incentives to join forces and build a league that effectively redistributes economic opportunity and unity for all.

The FFL will initially establish teams in ten cities where the NFL does not currently have an official presence, with plans to expand into additional locations based on fan interest at the local level. The first ten teams include The San Diego Warriors, The Oklahoma City Power, The Portland Progress, The Texas Revolution, The Ohio Players, The Florida Strong, The Birmingham Kings, The St. Louis Independence, The Connecticut Underground and The Oakland Panthers (filling the void following the Raiders planned departure for Las Vegas). League play will occur during the spring and summer. All teams will include the opportunity for fans to join the movement by purchasing ownership of the individual teams themselves.

The league is founded upon four philosophical and operational pillars:

-Ensuring players receive permanent and reliable holistic health and wellness support on and off the field, seeking to avoid physical and financial exploitation that is commonplace in both collegiate and professional football today;

-Amplifying the voice(s) of athletes by relentlessly pursuing unity and encouraging athletes to address society’s challenges relating to social justice, wealth disparity, health and wellness and more hot-button issues they are passionate about;

-Reimagining the game for fans by creating a new spectator experience that leverages technology and embraces innovation, while simultaneously eliminating price-gouging to make loyalty and game-attendance affordable again;

-Establishing economic justice via financial incentives through joint ownership and further eliminating financial exploitation and profiteering to the benefit of the few at the expense of many.

“The Freedom Football League is the perfect integration of my passion for social justice, economic equality and health and wellness, with my life-long dedication and love for professional football,” said Ricky Williams, Founding Member and Owner of the Freedom Football League. “As much as I’d like to throw on the pads and play, this league is designed to bring competitive football back to the masses, providing players and fans alike with the economic benefits of owning stake in a team, while also ensuring players are empowered to use their public platform for social good.”

 

captaind

Resist the Dark Side — Join the Alliance
#16
San Diego selected as one of ten cities for new Freedom Football League

https://www.kusi.com/san-diego-selected-as-one-of-ten-cities-for-new-freedom-football-league/

A group of 50 former NFL players, including Patrick Henry alumnus Ricky Williams, announced the formation of the new Freedom Football League on Thursday.

The league, which plans on playing its games in the spring and summer, will allow fans to purchase ownership stakes in each of the franchises, a stark contrast from the current ownership structure of the NFL.

Among the cities awarded a franchise was San Diego, as the FFL focuses on cities that do not have an official presence. The team will be known as the San Diego Warriors.

The league sent out the following press release Thursday:

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 06, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Freedom Football League (FFL) was formed by a legion of former National Football League (NFL) players with successful careers as entrepreneurs, football operations experts, health and wellness thought-leaders and financial visionaries who are committed to reimagining, rethinking, reinventing and reforming professional American football.

This announcement follows two years of dedicated work and financial investment from a coalition of 50 former players. These early owners and founders of the FFL include former NFL star and Heisman trophy winner Ricky Williams; Hall of Fame wide receiver Terrell Owens; two-time Super Bowl Champion tight end Byron Chamberlain; three-time Pro-Bowl defensive end Simeon Rice; four-time NFL Pro-Bowl quarterback Jeff Garcia; Super Bowl Champion and MVP defensive back Dexter Jackson; and many others. The league is designed to attract football players at their highest level of athletic ability, including those defecting from the NFL, graduating college or high school or playing in international or alternative professional football leagues.

There are many wide-ranging issues in today’s professional football landscape, one that has historically been dominated by the NFL. Current NFL ownership, with a market capitalization of over $100 billion is closely-held and controlled by 30+ wealthy billionaire families and generates, on average, over $100 million of annual profits per team per year. This ownership schism creates an exploitative dynamic between owners/front-office personnel and the players and coaches, neglects the long-term health and well-being of the players and gouges the fans with outrageous ticket prices.

By contrast, the FFL will be financed by a combination of private funding and public offerings in 2019. The league will be owned by a unique consortium that includes former NFL players, active players from each FFL team, the local franchise operators and, most uniquely, the fans. All teams will be owned by an authentic alliance of fans and players together, as true owners and legally-committed business partners with perfectly-aligned economic incentives to join forces and build a league that effectively redistributes economic opportunity and unity for all.

The FFL will initially establish teams in ten cities where the NFL does not currently have an official presence, with plans to expand into additional locations based on fan interest at the local level. The first ten teams include The San Diego Warriors, The Oklahoma City Power, The Portland Progress, The Texas Revolution, The Ohio Players, The Florida Strong, The Birmingham Kings, The St. Louis Independence, The Connecticut Underground and The Oakland Panthers (filling the void following the Raiders planned departure for Las Vegas). League play will occur during the spring and summer. All teams will include the opportunity for fans to join the movement by purchasing ownership of the individual teams themselves.

The league is founded upon four philosophical and operational pillars:

-Ensuring players receive permanent and reliable holistic health and wellness support on and off the field, seeking to avoid physical and financial exploitation that is commonplace in both collegiate and professional football today;

-Amplifying the voice(s) of athletes by relentlessly pursuing unity and encouraging athletes to address society’s challenges relating to social justice, wealth disparity, health and wellness and more hot-button issues they are passionate about;

-Reimagining the game for fans by creating a new spectator experience that leverages technology and embraces innovation, while simultaneously eliminating price-gouging to make loyalty and game-attendance affordable again;

-Establishing economic justice via financial incentives through joint ownership and further eliminating financial exploitation and profiteering to the benefit of the few at the expense of many.

“The Freedom Football League is the perfect integration of my passion for social justice, economic equality and health and wellness, with my life-long dedication and love for professional football,” said Ricky Williams, Founding Member and Owner of the Freedom Football League. “As much as I’d like to throw on the pads and play, this league is designed to bring competitive football back to the masses, providing players and fans alike with the economic benefits of owning stake in a team, while also ensuring players are empowered to use their public platform for social good.”
Sounds more like a political platform than a mission statement for a competitive football league.
 
#18
Boy, that escalated quickly!

San Diego had no football, and now--before The Fleet have even taken a single snap!!--we have
17 other off brand football teams! Hard to believe San Diego can support 'em all!

However, one thing the Freedom Football League (FFL) has over all the other competition,
is the sober, unimpeachable, level-headed leadership of thinkers like Ricky Williams & Terrell Owens...
 
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Harryo the K

Well-Known Member
#19
Valdimir Putin has declared the Russian Federation will have a team in the new AAF to "counter the outrageous activities of the San Diego Fleet. " They demand to be in the same West Division and to have full and complete reports from the League regarding the Fleet's daily activities. Putin claimed getting 50 strong Russian men to dominate the weak AAF is not a problem, and they wish to merely play good, clean football, but will not tolerate this intrusion by the Fleet and lack of proper enforcements of international playing rules.

The White House had an ALL CAP tweet in support of Putin's simple request.
 
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#21
I'm in for the Fleet at this point, not sure about anything else.
I think that's the problem with yet another professional football league - it might dilute what would otherwise be a very strong market craving a football team of it's own (i.e. San Diego). IMO, a solid AAF fan base would be much better for San Diego and more of a threat to the NFL (if you can call it a threat) than a whole bunch of similar leagues competing for fans.

I would bet that one of these leagues will come out on top (AAF, XFL, FFL), and the others will most likely suffer a short existence.
 
#22
Obviously there are many factors that will influence "success" or failure for these fledgling start-ups, but there's one that I think may get overlooked by some, and IMO, poses the greatest danger to any league's legitimacy and survival. GAMBLING!!

There's a paradoxical co-relationship between Organized Gaming and Professional Sports. Aside from the butts in the seats, and viewers on the telly, it's gambling interest that play a big role in legitimizing a Pro League. NFL is where it is -the most popular pro league in N.A.- in large part due the huge the gambling interest it generates. So one could argue that if any of these leagues can garner enough interest for someone to be willing to put hard-earned cash on it's games' outcomes, they're here to stay. However, in a league where top QB's make $70,000 a year, big gambling interest could have a devastating effect on the game's integrity, and the league's legitimacy.

IMHO, these leagues would be best served by staying far away from the gambling side of sports. Every effort should be made to curb gambling on these games and they should not be included in the Sport Book lines. Though, I doubt if that happens.
 
#23
Obviously there are many factors that will influence "success" or failure for these fledgling start-ups, but there's one that I think may get overlooked by some, and IMO, poses the greatest danger to any league's legitimacy and survival. GAMBLING!!

There's a paradoxical co-relationship between Organized Gaming and Professional Sports. Aside from the butts in the seats, and viewers on the telly, it's gambling interest that play a big role in legitimizing a Pro League. NFL is where it is -the most popular pro league in N.A.- in large part due the huge the gambling interest it generates. So one could argue that if any of these leagues can garner enough interest for someone to be willing to put hard-earned cash on it's games' outcomes, they're here to stay. However, in a league where top QB's make $70,000 a year, big gambling interest could have a devastating effect on the game's integrity, and the league's legitimacy.

IMHO, these leagues would be best served by staying far away from the gambling side of sports. Every effort should be made to curb gambling on these games and they should not be included in the Sport Book lines. Though, I doubt if that happens.
A cornerstone of the AAF is fantasy football and gambling.
 

Harryo the K

Well-Known Member
#24
Obviously there are many factors that will influence "success" or failure for these fledgling start-ups, but there's one that I think may get overlooked by some, and IMO, poses the greatest danger to any league's legitimacy and survival. GAMBLING!!

There's a paradoxical co-relationship between Organized Gaming and Professional Sports. Aside from the butts in the seats, and viewers on the telly, it's gambling interest that play a big role in legitimizing a Pro League. NFL is where it is -the most popular pro league in N.A.- in large part due the huge the gambling interest it generates. So one could argue that if any of these leagues can garner enough interest for someone to be willing to put hard-earned cash on it's games' outcomes, they're here to stay. However, in a league where top QB's make $70,000 a year, big gambling interest could have a devastating effect on the game's integrity, and the league's legitimacy.

IMHO, these leagues would be best served by staying far away from the gambling side of sports. Every effort should be made to curb gambling on these games and they should not be included in the Sport Book lines. Though, I doubt if that happens.
Beg to differ. :cool:

All pro sports, as well as the NCAA, should thank God every day we have sports betting here...
We have the only agency in the world that regulates the honesty of games.


Meyer Lansky
 

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