There are reports out today that a new professional football team may be coming to Seattle. That's right, sports fans. According to a "confidential document" published by Deadspin, the Spring Professional Football League, being organized by former XFL and NFL Europe executives, will debut in 2013 with eight teams -- Seattle being one of them -- playing a 14- to 16-week season. Other cities under consideration are New York, Washington, Memphis, Orlando, Charlotte, Chicago, Detroit, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Denver, Dallas, Phoenix, Houston, and Los Angeles.
Here's what the document has to say about the Seattle market for another team.
Seattle is home to the most successful Major League Soccer team, the Sounders, which averaged 36,000 fans per home game in 2010. Root Sports Northwest (Fox Sports Net) reached 6.5 million households in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Alaska. The Seattle Seahawks in 2010 averaged 66,992 home game fans, 100% of CenturyLink Field's capacity. Husky Stadium at the University of Washington is undergoing major renovations that should be completed in time for the SPFL's 2014 season. Seattle is perceived as an expansion market due to less favorable stadium and parking logistics before renovations are complete.
Still, the SPFL might need to complete a Hail Mary pass, as no other efforts to break or join the NFL's football monopoly have ever been successful.
The document obtained by Deadspin, notes Seattle PI.com, also says that the new league would recruit players from the college ranks who didn't make the NFL cut, and might also attract former NFLers who want back in the game.