BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (WBRC) – Next week could be big if Birmingham can win every game in a new spring football league. Fox Sports secured the rights to all former USFL teams, including the Birmingham Stallions.
Birmingham has had many football teams in the past, starting with the Birmingham Americans in the World Football League, who later became the Vulcans. The Birmingham Stallions later played in the USFL, and the Birmingham Iron played in the Alliance of American Football. They all played here, but the leagues never lasted.
Fox Sports hopes to change that. Under a memorandum of understanding the WBRC secured, Fox Sports is offering to play all of its games at Protective Stadium, which involves a 40-game schedule and three league games from April 15 to July 3.
The Greater Birmingham Visitors and Convention Bureau board has pledged $ 2 million to the league to cover operational costs, but Bureau CEO John Oros said Fox Sports wanted a commitment of 3 , $ 7 million. Will the people of Birmingham support this league when others have failed? Visitors and Convention Bureau CEO said fans support other football teams, it is the league that has failed financially.
âSome of the other teams in the region have been well supported by their fans with spring football. So there is an appetite for football in Alabama and I think Birmingham, Jefferson County and the whole state are going to show up and support this high level of football. John Oros, CEO of the Greater Birmingham Visitors and Convention Bureau, said.
Oros expects the national exhibition to be a major asset for Birmingham. Birmingham and Jefferson County, as well as private companies are under consideration for the remainder of the $ 1.7 million. Jefferson County Commissioners are looking to see if Birmingham acts first, possibly as early as next week.
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