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  • Another new league popping up - Freedom Football League

    Something tells me this one won't last at all....

    https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/r...terrell-owens/

    It looks like yet another league its tossing its hat into the ring to compete with the NFL. As the XFL and AAF announce uniforms and city locations, former NFL running back Ricky Williams announced on Thursday that the "Freedom Football League" will be joining the ranks. Williams, Terrell Owens and Simeon Rice are among the names associated with the league.

    According to Williams, there are about 100 stakeholders with 50 former players among them.


    "It's a new spring football league," Williams said on ESPN on Thursday. "And it's for the fans and it's by the players. It all started with a bunch of guys sitting around a table, talking about the good old days and realizing 'you know? We have a lot of experience. We've been there before, we know how to do it, what if we started a league and really made it about developing young men?'"

    Other names emerging as early owners are Jeff Garcia and former Super Bowl MVP Dexter Jackson.

    According to ESPN, games will be in the spring and summer (avoiding colliding with the behemoth that is the NFL) and there will initially be 10 teams. The league's mission statement is: "To attract football players at their highest level of athletic ability, including those defecting from the NFL, graduating college or high school or playing in international or alternative professional football leagues."

    The league's ultimate goal appears to be to allow people to play football who are out of the NFL or even looking to get back into it. The league is to be funded both privately and publicly, so when Williams says it will be "partly owned by the players, partly owned by the fans, and partly owned by the operators," he means it.

    Williams even delved a bit into the political side of the league.

    "We're trying to develop young men," he said on "Outside the Lines." "You can't take away their voice and expect them to develop. ... When I grew up watching football, I really wanted to be like Jim Brown, not because of what he did on a field, but because he could take that platform and have a voice. And so, when I got to the NFL expecting that to be the case, anytime a big social issue came up we were told: 'Be quiet ... It's a distraction.' And so really [we're] changing the conversation."

    If anything, the league looks like the BIG3, in which former NBA players have been playing in 3v3 basketball. Players like Allen Iverson headline that league, which was founded by Ice Cube. While the rules of this league are likely nowhere near being released, it's likely we can expect the league to be some form of 7-on-7 in which the emphasis is on bigger plays and making sure the players are safe.

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    Yawn.

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    • #3
      Scared of Freedom Football League?

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      • #4
        CFL is DEADDD!!1!1!11!!!!
        Please be my new father.

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        • #5
          RFFL................RideFans Football League.......................whose in?

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          • #6
            ps4 football league. xbox1 football league. street football league, winter football league,

            all looking for teams and players
            Alberta boy, Rider fan

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            • #7
              We already have the XFL and the AAF kicking off in the next couple years and now you can add another league to the mix. Ricky Williams the former NFL running back has started a league backed with other NFL players called the FFL or Freedom Football League. Ricky Williams is opening a football league with holistic medicine treatment, called the Freedom Football League
              Freedom Football League investors include former Pro Bowlers including Terrell Owens, Ricky Williams, Simeon Rice and Jeff Garcia, among others.
              “The Freedom Football League is the perfect integration of my passion for social justice, economic equality and health and wellness, with my life-long dedication and love for professional football,” Williams said in a statement.Additionally, players will receive “permanent and reliable holistic health and wellness support on and off the field” and will be encouraged to “address society’s challenges relating to social justice, wealth disparity, health and wellness and more hot-button issues they are passionate about.”
              The FFL will feature the San Diego Warriors, Connecticut Underground, Oklahoma City Power, Portland Progress, Texas Revolution, Ohio Players, Florida Strong, Birmingham Kings, St. Louis Independence and Oakland Panthers.
              We already have the XFL and the AAF kicking off in the next couple years and now you can add another league to the mix.  Ricky Williams the former

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              • #8
                This one doesn't sound like much to worry about. A marijuana-based football league? Is that what I am seeing here?

                By the way the "Ohio Players" is about the worst football team name ever right? They are correct though, it would be a collection of players.

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                • #9
                  The Freedom Football League, founded by ex-NFL players including Ricky Williams and Terrell Owens, wants to "reinvent" the game and plans to kick off with 10 teams.

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                    • #11
                      We are an expansion team away from having the entire 2014 Rider QB roster starting somewhere.
                      Please be my new father.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Magnum View Post
                        RFFL................RideFans Football League.......................whose in?

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                        I only had the one player version of this...not the head to head lol...but it was hours of fun!

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                        • #13
                          "Remember that time awhile ago that a whole bunch of new football leagues popped up around the same time, then all failed spectacularly and predictably almost immediately? That was a crazy 18 months!" -- Me, in, like 4 years.

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