New Development Football League Could Cause College Shift

A new professional football league that hopes to launch during 2018 said their intentions are not to compete with college football. The league first must get off the ground and come up with money for financing.

However, if they are able to play just a single season, and have 18- to 22-years olds playing and earning money, it is easy to see the impact being significant on college football.

Ed McCaffrey, a former NFL wide receiver said that it will make good sense for a number of young men and many families. McCaffrey is one of the co-founders of the Pacific Pro Football League and he hopes to provide the players and families with that choice.

The league hopes to have four teams in the Southern California area with each playing a schedule of eight games on Sundays during July and August, which for many is considered the dead zone for the sport.

Close to 50 players will play on each team with an average salary plus benefits of approximately $50,000 per year, which they could add to through endorsements.

Rules have been changed to enhance safety as well as give NFL scouts the matchups they are interested in seeing. Coaches with experience in the NFL, who would teach schemes that are pro-style, will be hired.

Any player with four years or less removed from high school will be eligible including underclassmen in college who would be entering the NFL draft.

A number of minor leagues have attempted but failed over the years to expand the pro football landscape in the U.S., through relying on players who were cut by NFL teams, which put a limit on the possibility for creating a product that was compelling to the consumer.

In addition, a common problem has been money and that remains the central problem for this league. Don Yee, a longtime agent in the NFL who is the league’s CEO and its principal founder said the league received some angel financing from friends and family and there has been a meeting with a possible investor.

However, much remains to be worked out and no backing or endorsement from the NFL or the NFL players union has been received.

What makes this concept so intriguing is the league will target a talent base previously untapped: players that currently do not have an option to earn money to play because the collective bargaining agreement in the NFL bars them from playing in the league.