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SBD/August 14, 2014/Leagues and Governing Bodies
Chinese American Football League Looks To Establish Pro Indoor Football Throughout China
Published August 14, 2014
MIX OF CHINESE, AMERICAN PLAYERS: Judge said that the CAFL's 20-man rosters "will be divided evenly between Chinese and American players," with the American players coming from the AFL and colleges. Jaworski said, "What we’re finding in our research is that there are many Chinese players in the States, maybe not at Michigan or Ohio State but some high-caliber players at lower-level colleges who, as they hear about us, would like to play.” He added, "Like any endeavor, there is some risk involved. No one else has tried it. I don’t have a crystal ball, but we’re highly confident this will work. I think we can find great passion for football in China.” Judge noted that he "expected the league to have 30 teams in five years" (Richard Sandomir, NYTIMES.com, 8/14).
FOLLOWING THE MONEY: Judge noted there are "tons" of billionaires in China and they "don’t have enough soccer teams and sports teams to buy." Judge: "I'm going to solve that problem." CNBC's Joe Kernen asked, "So you're going to sell this to (NFL Commissioner Roger) Goodell in a couple of years for $2 billion?" Judge said Goodell "knows what I'm doing and he knows where I am." Meanwhile, Judge noted he is leading an effort to establish an NCAA-style association for universities in China to begin playing each other in football ("Squawk Box," CNBC, 8/14).