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UFL Management Disappointed By League's Attendance Numbers

 
The four-team UFL is averaging just 11,982 fans through its first six games, and UFL Florida Tuskers coach Jim Haslett said the league's fan following thus far has been "disappointing," according to Joe Smith of the ST. PETERSBURG TIMES. Haslett and Tuskers offensive coordinator Jay Gruden said that the league "could have done a better marketing job." The Rays, who own a minority stake in the Tuskers, scheduled a concert by rock band Switchfoot following Friday's game against the Las Vegas Locomotives, but UFL Commissioner Michael Huyghue said concerts and promos with the military are "not all working the way you think." Huyghue said that the league has been its "'own worst enemy' in terms of playing on different nights, which was by design, as this was more than anything an experimental year to see what works." But he noted that "while 'we would have liked to have seen about 20,000 (fans),' they had budgeted accordingly, so the lack of attendance won't affect their financial model; they plan to expand by two teams next season." Smith notes players "acknowledge the challenges but hope it doesn't turn into another league that fades, like the AFL and USFL" (ST. PETERSBURG TIMES, 10/30).

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