What is the recipe for a successful startup football league in your opinion? Beyond the obvious — money.
The single most important element you need to have is something that will draw a TV audience. Great quality football is not enough of a draw, as the UFL proved. Fans can get good quality football on TV in the fall from the NFL. So you need a hook....something that your start-up league has that the NFL doesn't. Crazy rules...Play at a different time of the year...Co-Ed teams...it's got to be different. Small markets will embrace a good start-up league featuring good players, but not enough people across the country will watch Des Moines vs. Spokane to make it viable, unless there is something different about the game-play or the time of year it is played.