Back in the 1980s, Philadelphia had a second football team. The Philadelphia Stars played in the United States Football League, which operated for a few years before folding. Our guys played for a couple of titles and won the 1984 championship before relocating to Baltimore.
Now the league is relaunching and bringing back the Philly franchise:
We are the Philadelphia Stars ⭐️ pic.twitter.com/nWP9Kz6Hde
— Philadelphia Stars (@USFLStars) November 22, 2021
The new league is launching in the Spring of 2022, and will be owned by FOX Sports.
There will be eight teams in the new USFL, split into two divisions –– North and South. Each team will play a 10-game schedule, with teams in the same division playing each other twice and teams in the other division once.
The top two teams in each division will play against each other in the semifinals followed a week later by the championship game.
Where will games be played?
In the inaugural season of the USFL, all eight teams will play in one location, which will be announced soon. In the future, the USFL expects teams to play in their own markets.
Okay, so we’re not actually going to be able to watch our guys live. Maybe next year, if the league makes it that far. It seemed like the XFL was gonna do alright before COVID came along, and yeah, it would be nice to see a second football league become successful to help fill that Spring void.
There were some damn good players on those old Stars teams. Kelvin Bryant went on to the NFL and won a Super Bowl. Scott Fitzkee, Chuck Fusina, etc. They only lost five regular season games during the two Philadelphia seasons. A legacy of success! Let’s go Stars.