Don Yee Forming Pacific Pro Football Developmental League
A new L.A.-based pro football league – Pacific Pro Football – will give players coming out of high school an alternative to playing college football. The developmental league is the brainchild of NFL agent Don Yee, who is partnering with former NFLer Ed McCaffrey. Pac Pro will kick off its inaugural season in July '18 with four teams in San Diego and L.A. It will operate with a free-market system, paying players whatever the market will bear. The league will feature athletes who have been out of high school four years or less, largely players who are not eligible to play in the NFL. In addition to players coming out of high school, Yee envisions players coming to the Pac Pro out of junior college or from college programs where they were not getting a chance to play.
Yee, whose clients include Patriots QB Tom Brady, has assembled a roster of power brokers to run the league and advise it. Yee will serve as CEO, while McCaffrey and his wife, Lisa, are co-founders. Former NFL and ESPN exec Bradley Edwards has been appointed COO, while SportsPlus Properties' Jeffrey Husvar will serve as Chief Communications Officer. Pac Pro’s advisory board includes former NFL coach Mike Shanahan, former NFL exec Jim Steeg, Fox Sports analyst Mike Pereira, ESPN's Adam Schefter and Edelman Communications' Steve Schmidt.