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By Eric Umphrey
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A Brief History of Start-up Pro Football Leagues Part Two:


September 12, 2019

United States Football League (1983-1985)

David Dixon a New Orleans antiques dealer came up with a plan for a spring and summer football league. Attempting to repeat past failures of other leagues the plan called for a salary cap, strict vetting for owners including posting $1.3 million lines of credit for emergencies, and requirements that each team would play in an NFL sized stadium. Unfortunately, the owners didn’t follow the Dixon Plan.

They exceeded the $1.8 million salary cap, had problems securing large enough stadiums and once again didn’t take a close enough look at several of...

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