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A Look Back at "Looking Back" on the USFL; and a New Look Inside at the 2022 Rebirth of the League

by Rich and Laura Lynch

Long before Nashville-based musician Rockin' Rich Lynch Rockin' Rich Lynch began releasing his catalog of music into the world - he had dreams of becoming a sports media magnate when he started publishing the fan-centric "Sport Map Magazine" in 1994. For his seventh issue released in July 1995 he decided to look back on his beloved and sadly defunct "United States Football League" on the 10th anniversary of its decline.

Remembering the USFL (right click to enlarge).

"I loved that league and wanted to help fans tell their story and remember the great spring fling we all had in the 80's long before the era of social media emerged," said the former publisher who posted images from his print article here. "I can't explain why the USFL meant so much to me, however, I can say that in the 90's I had vivid dreams that I was sitting in the stands watching the Generals play again. But, it wasn't in New Jersey. It was in a city that began with the letter B."

Remarkably, 37 years after folding a league calling itself the USFL will play again this spring beginning on April 16, 2022 with all regular season games set to take place in their inaugural hub hometown of Birmingham, Alabama. Maybe Rockin' Rich is a bit psychic after all!

Now fans will be able to get an even closer look inside all the action as it was just announced that the United States Football League (USFL), NFL Films and FOX Sports are teaming up to produce United By Football: A Season in the USFL, a 13-episode behind-the-scenes pass that will capture the fascinating athlete personalities and the unique circumstances they find themselves in, as they pursue their dreams in a new professional spring football league. The one-hour series premiere airs Saturday, April 16 at 6:30 PM ET on FOX leading into the USFL's inaugural season kickoff game. The primetime matchup pits the New Jersey Generals against the Birmingham Stallions at 7:30 PM ET and will be presented live on FOX, NBC, and Peacock.

Remembering the USFL (right click to enlarge).

The 12 episodes following the season premiere will be 30-minutes in duration. All shows will first air on FOX and will precede most USFL on FOX pregame or game coverage. Each episode will have an encore showing the following week on FS1 and Tubi.

"Everyone at FOX Sports and the new USFL is united by our love for football," said Bill Richards, EVP Production/Executive Producer, FOX Sports. "And the new league seeks to unite fans across the country who love the game as much as we do. To celebrate professional spring football, we're giving fans unprecedented access by partnering with NFL Films to tell the stories of USFL players and coaches during the inaugural season."

United By Football, a FOX Sports original series produced by NFL Films, will take fans behind the curtain of the USFL, starting in Birmingham with the inaugural USFL Player Draft held in February of this year, and moving through training camps and a 10-week regular-season. To help celebrate America's birthday, the series will conclude with the USFL Championship game in Canton, Ohio, where a winner will be crowned on July 3 in the shadow of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The series, without narration, will be driven by the players and coaches, their journeys, told through the signature storytelling lens of NFL Films. Teaming with NFL Films will help the USFL and FOX Sports deliver a world-class fan experience. Whether in the stadium or watching from home, fans will enjoy USFL football that is old-school physical and fast-paced modern.

Remembering the USFL (right click to enlarge).

"We here at NFL Films could not be more excited and eager to partner with the USFL and FOX Sports on this upcoming series," said Patrick Kelleher, NFL Films Vice President and Executive Producer. "The opportunity to document the start of a new professional league is incredibly rare, and we look forward to capturing the incredible sights and sounds throughout this inaugural season.

NFL Films cameras will have unfettered access, including robotic cameras in team meeting rooms and players and coaches wearing microphones during practices and games. In addition, embedded crews will be with all eight teams, capturing the daily challenges these elite athletes and experienced coaches face throughout a demanding schedule and high-pressure competition. For some, playing in the new USFL will be their first taste of professional football, while others are fighting for one last shot to pursue their football dreams. Regardless of the goal, players and coaches alike will be "united by football" in their pursuit of individual and team success during the USFL's inaugural season.

"NFL Films and FOX Sports have well-deserved reputations for stoking passions in all football fans, so we couldn't imagine a better partnership to tell the inside story of the new USFL," said Joel Santos, Executive Producer, FOX Sports. "Hundreds of hours of material will be filmed, screened, and edited to produce what will no doubt be seven compelling hours of programming for football fans across America."

Remembering the USFL (right click to enlarge).

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