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The quick rise and fall of the USFL, the short-lived rival to the NFL




Official NFL footballs sit on the sideline prior to the start of the game between the New Orleans Saints and the Arizona Cardinals during the Pro Football Hall of Fame game at Fawcett Stadium on August 5, 2012 in Canton, Ohio.
Official NFL footballs sit on the sideline prior to the start of the game between the New Orleans Saints and the Arizona Cardinals during the Pro Football Hall of Fame game at Fawcett Stadium on August 5, 2012 in Canton, Ohio.
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Once upon a time, a football league that played during the Spring resided within the United States.

It went by the name of the United States Football League and was born in 1983. Three years later, however, the league ceased to exist.

Born from the vision of a New Orleans art dealer by the name of David Dixon, the USFL opened tryouts to the public and promised a spring to summer season. During its short run, the league boasted athletes such as Herschel Walker, Jim Kelly, Steve Young, Reggie White, Doug Flutie and Mike Rozier and featured as many as 18 teams. But with the decision to add six expansion teams, the USFL came to an end.

Author Jeff Pearlman details the history and legacy of USFL in his latest book, “Football for a Buck: The Crazy Rise and Crazier Demise of the USFL.” Pearlman includes more than 400 interviews in his book, revealing the rise and fall of the USFL. Although the league may no longer be around, Pearlman notes that it continues to live on in unexpected ways.

Jeff Pearlman joins Larry Mantle to discuss a different era of football.

Jeff Pearlman will be speaking about his book at an event at Chevalier’s Books on Thursday, September 20, at 7:00pm.

Guest:

Jeff Pearlman, author of a number of books, including his newest, “Football for a Buck: The Crazy Rise and Crazier Demise of the USFL” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018); former sports writer for Sports Illustrated