The Demise Of The USFL
The United States Football League was founded the idea of being a “more fun” version of professional football, which would be played in the spring — when the NFL and college football were not in season. But everything changed when a brash (if not loud-mouthed) New York City Real Estate tycoon and celebutante named Donald Trump bought one of the league’s marquee franchises, but then convinced the rest of the owners to sue the NFL as part of a bid to move the league to play in the fall.
The USFL famously won in court, but was awarded approximately $3 in damages, leaving the league completely bankrupt and forcing it to cease operations. But there are many people who believe that Trump’s lawsuit was part of a “sour grapes” vendetta that he had against the NFL, especially considering then commissioner Pete Rozelle all but declared that Trump would never be welcomed in the fraternity of team owners.