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Published March 3, 1997
The All-American Football League was profiled in Sunday's BOSTON GLOBE by Nick Cafardo. One of the league's founders, Randy Vataha of Boston-based Game Plan Inc., humorously said, "In two years, we hope to put the NFL out of business." The league, scheduled to start in March '98, will have teams in Boston, L.A., Chicago, Miami, Tampa Bay, Houston, Philadelphia, Detroit, Atlanta, Dallas and San Francisco. Vataha "expects there to be 4-5 former NFL players per team" and although he "would like a TV deal," he said that "since investors will make their return on ticket sales, it's not vital." He hopes that any TV deal will be a time buy. All travel, training, salaries, stadium rents, etc., will be paid for by the league. Average ticket prices will be around $18.50, but Vataha "expects" to have a package where a family of four can attend for $50. Players contracts will not be guaranteed (BOSTON GLOBE, 3/2). In Dallas, Rick Gosselin writes under the header, "Spring League May Stir Up Some Free-Agency Movement in '98." Gosselin: "Obviously, the only dent the new league might make in the NFL's free-agency market would be its 12 marquee players, all quarterbacks." A player "might want to go that route for a season to try to establish a more attractive market for himself in the NFL" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 3/2).