USFL, BJCC reach tentative MoU to bring relaunch season to Birmingham

The USFL will use the Protective Stadium for a maximum of 40 games, plus three playoff games from approximately April 15, 2022 to July 3, 2022, at no cost, according to a non-binding memorandum of understanding between the Birmingham Jefferson Civic Center. (BJCC) and the National Spring Football League (NSFL, owner of the USFL) obtained by AL.com.

“Some costs have to be subsidized by the public and private sectors,” the agreement says. The parties “will not enter into a binding agreement unless or until commitments have been obtained to finance the uncovered costs”.

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These costs, which were not specified in the agreement, will most likely be covered by the City of Birmingham, the County of Jefferson, the Convention and Visitors Bureau and the private sector.

Part or all of the City of Birmingham could come from funds generated by a $ 3 per room / per night accommodation supplement which was implemented in 2019.

The season will feature eight teams, including a cover of the Birmingham stallions, playing in a “bubble” type format similar to the 2020 National Basketball Association season.

The league, which was originally launched in 1983 and ran for three seasons, announced his return in June under the ownership of NSFL. Fox Sports owns the league and has committed $ 150 million over three years for its operations. It is also the official broadcast partner of the league.

The CVB predicts that it will have an estimated overall economic impact on the city and region of $ 15 million.

To accommodate league officials during the 12-week season between April and July, it would take more than 40,000 hotel nights, according to city officials.

“The projected cost estimates are still being developed and there is no final projected cost at this point. Any figure now would be premature, ”said Tad Snider, executive director and CEO of BJCC.

In other provisions, the NSFL “will work in good faith to host the opening ceremonies of the World Games”, scheduled for July 7, 2022.

BJCC will retain all stadium concession and parking revenues and some advertising and premium seating revenues.

Each match broadcast will include one 30-second spot to “promote the positive characteristics of Birmingham and Jefferson County”, with the NSFL making a “good faith effort” to provide two spots per broadcast.

The deal also includes a tentative schedule for the 2022 season, which excludes dates for an unspecified concert between May 30 and June 5 and nine dates for the Birmingham Legion, although “dates have yet to be determined. definitively approved by the [team], “in accordance with the agreement.

The Legion currently plays its matches at BBVA Field.

The parties say they hope to have a fully executed deal by October 22, 2022.

A similar deal is to be made with the Birmingham Park Board for Legion Field, which is expected to be used for some matches and training.

This story will be updated.

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