As you may have already heard, there is a new developmental football league that will begin play this October. The FXFL, or Fall Experimental Football League, will consist of four teams that will play a six game schedule. Teams will be located in Brooklyn, Boston, Miami, and Omaha. FXFL Commissioner Brian Woods, former Director of the Medal of Honor Bowl in Charleston, South Carolina, has stated that his goal "is to get 25 to 30 percent of FXFL players back on NFL rosters by November."
So how will these teams be made up? Where will the players come from? According to this interview with ESPN: "In the first week of September, the FXFL will hold a territorial draft and allocate available players to its teams. Practices will begin about Sept. 23. Each team will have 40 players, with between six and eight coaches per franchise. As part of their eight-week contracts, coaches must agree to avoid exotic schemes and use a traditional approach to maximize players' NFL preparedness."
As players (and agents) have learned in recent years, startup leagues have crashed and burned, or simply failed to launch, due to a variety of factors. Money, or lack thereof, is usually the culprit. To avoid a similar fate, the FXFL has committed to paying its players roughly $1000 to $1250 a week. Paychecks will come directly from the league office, and not from the individual franchises. This pay scale is certainly more reasonable than the ill-fated UFL, which to this day still owes thousands of dollars to league and team employees left empty handed after the league folded in 2012.
We wish the FXFL well, and if they are successful this season, maybe they can become the developmental league that the NFL has needed but has lacked for so long.