USFL touring cities, meeting with city officials Craig Thomas
San Diego, Calif. (June 28, 2012) – The United States Football League (USFL) kicked off its city tour Wednesday with a visit to Akron, Ohio, the first stop on a nationwide tour to meet with key government officials, sports commission heads, stadium representatives and prospective team owners as the league prepares to play its inaugural season in 2013.
The league’s city tour will take USFL executives to targeted markets for high-level meetings with top decision makers, an important step in finalizing the group of eight teams that will begin play in March. Prior to the visits, USFL officials have been in discussions with key people in each of these cities for many months.
“The response we have received from prospective ownership groups and cities has been extremely positive,” said Jaime Cuadra, the USFL’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “We are working diligently to set up meetings as part of the USFL city tour, in multiple cities across the country that we will be visiting in the near future.”
Cuadra was joined by Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Fred Biletnikoff, Jr. on the first stop in Akron, Ohio on Wednesday. The visit included a meeting with Mayor Plusquellic and representatives from the Rubber Bowl and InfoCision Stadium, as well as with prospective ownership groups. The group also met with Greater Akron Chamber President Daniel Colatone.
“Though our visit was short, our meetings in Akron were very productive,” Cuadra said. “We were able to move along discussions with prospective owners, stadium management and the city. Based on the hospitality and support we have received in Akron, we see a lot of potential for this to be a strong contender for a USFL franchise.”
The USFL has also engaged former NFL star and three-time Pro Bowl selection Bob Golic to serve as a league liaison in Akron. Golic spent more than a decade playing in the National Football League with the New England Patriots, Cleveland Browns and Los Angeles Raiders. All three of his Pro-Bowl years (1986-88) came with his hometown Browns. Golic, who has worked in radio and TV since his retirement from football, currently hosts his own talk radio show six days a week on WNIR 100 FM in Cleveland.
Future city tour stops are planned in Austin/San Antonio, Tex., Portland, Ore. and Salt Lake City Utah, with additional markets to be named in the coming weeks.