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New Spring Football League Planned

March 2, 2000

MIAMI (AP) _ A new football league with teams based in four U.S. cities will feature concerts, sideline access and retired NFL players to interact with fans, league organizers said Wednesday.

The Spring Football League has teams in Houston, Los Angeles, Miami and San Antonio, Texas.

Bill Futterer, director of the Spring Football League, said the teams will play a four-game season on Saturday afternoons beginning April 29, followed by a championship game in Miami on May 27.

SFL teams will follow all the rules of American football, except kickoffs will be made from the 20-yard line.

``The Spring Football League is designed to provide an entertainment option for football fans who want to see outdoor 100-yard football in an environment that will allow fans to interact with active and legendary players,″ said Futterer.

Ticket prices for SFL games will range from $5 to $25, but a limited number of fans will be allowed to watch the games near the players from the sidelines.

The league also plans to stage pre-game, halftime or post-game concerts.

Ninety percent of those involved in planning the league are former NFL players, including Eric Dickerson, Bo Jackson, Tony Dorsett and Drew Pearson, according to SFL organizers.

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