Freedom League planned as spring league
Ricky Williams is among 50 former NFL players planning yet another professional football league, the Freedom Football League.
Williams said a 10-team league that also includes Hall of Fame receiver Terrell Owens and approximately 100 stakeholders will be launched as a spring league. The Alliance of American Football, cofounded by Hall of Famer Bill Polian, starts up in February. The XFL will return the following February.
The FFL, which did not specify what year it would begin play, would be financed by private funding and public offerings, with league players, local franchise operators and even fans offered stakes in the teams.
Avoiding some major markets, the FFL plans to have clubs in San Diego, Oakland, St. Louis, Birmingham (Ala.), Oklahoma City, Portland (Ore.), plus in Texas, Florida, Ohio and Connecticut.