The New York Sentinels will play all five of the home games at the stadium that the UConn football team calls home.
The UFL, heading into the second season, also has teams in Orlando, Las Vegas, Sacramento and two more cities to be announced at a later time.
The Sentinels, who will have a new name, played one game last year at The Rent. This year, the head coach will be former New York Giants coach Chris Palmer.
The UFL is minor league football. They play their games on Friday and Saturday nights in the fall. The league doesn’t necessarily view itself as a direct competitor with the NFL, but more of a minor league system. There is hope that the NFL embraces this and uses the UFL as a feeder system. Instead of cutting players from camp, they can send them to a UFL team to get better at their craft.
The focus of the league is to put franchises in non-NFL cities.
Connecticut has done such a great job supporting the New Britain Rock Cats that the hope is that the support for this team is as strong. The tickets are very affordable, just $20 a piece with season tickets going for $100. Tickets go on sale in April.
Starting next week on it’s Web site, www.ufl-football.com, the league will hold a name-the-team contest and the league hopes to have a TV deal worked out with the NFL Network soon.
This is a great chance to show that the state can support a pro franchise. Who knows where this could lead?