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Facing heavy debt, UFL suspends operations

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Updated: 10/21/2012 4:04 pm
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The struggling United Football League has announced it is postponing the second half of its season until spring.

The four-team league, which includes the Las Vegas Locomotives, said it plans to resume the season next spring and then play the 2013 season in the fall.

UFL founder and chairman Bill Hambrecht made the suspension announcement today.

The move wasn't a complete surprise as the league has mounting debt and increasing apathy. Las Vegas is its biggest market but had the smallest crowds.

The league had losses of more than $120 million in its first three seasons.

The current season was delayed for several weeks because the UFL was trying to settle a prior debt over its workmen's compensation insurance and trying to provide similar insurance for this season.

About 2,500 showed up when the season started Sept. 26 at Sam Boyd Stadium to watch the Locos defeat Virginia.

Players and coaches from the four teams -- Omaha, Sacramento, Virginia and Las Vegas -- have yet to be paid for the four games played.




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