The United Football League apparently is going to try to stage another comeback this fall.
The financially strapped league, which lost more than $225 million in its first three years of operation, plans to operate, likely with five teams, according to Steve Carp, who covers the Las Vegas franchise for the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Carp reported on Twitter that he talked Friday with Bill Hambrecht, who owns the UFL's Las Vegas franchise and is one of the three founders of the alternative professional league.
Hambrecht said the league will play in September and will have some of its games broadcast on CBS Sports Network. Other games would be shown on a regional basis on local cable systems.
The league operated with four franchises last season in Omaha, Las Vegas, Sacramento and Virginia. Jackson, Miss., has been rumored as a likely expansion franchise.
It wasn't clear Friday night if Omaha would retain a franchise. Rick Mueller, Omaha's general manager the past two seasons, has taken a job with the Philadelphia Eagles of the NFL. Joe Moglia, who coached Omaha last season, is now the head coach of Coastal Carolina University in Conway, S.C.
Moglia remains president of the Omaha club. Attempts to reach him and others formerly associated with the team Friday were unsuccessful.
Many observers thought the league was finished last summer when it was forced to delay the start of training camp because it lacked workers' compensation insurance and had to fold its franchise in Hartford, Conn.
The league came back to play a truncated four-game schedule last fall. The UFL then staged a championship game, with Virginia defeating Las Vegas for the title. Sacramento and Omaha played a "consolation" game to satisfy contractual obligations with the players.
The league has been without a commissioner since Michael Huyghue resigned in late January. The UFL closed its league office in Jacksonville, Fla., and temporarily suspended its local operations.
Carp reported that Jim Fassel, who has coached the Las Vegas franchise the past three seasons, will return while also serving as the "de facto" commissioner. Fassel said there are still things that need to be resolved, including when the season starts and what nights the league will play.
"I believe in this concept, and I believe in Bill Hambrecht," Fassel told Carp.
Hambrecht, Paul Pelosi and William Mayer are the UFL's owners. Pelosi told The World-Herald last fall that he believed the league had an 80 percent chance of playing in 2012.
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