The USFL just dropped a bombshell. After rumors swirled for weeks, the league has officially announced that the Memphis Showboats are returning to the league. Memphis was one of the original teams in the first edition of the USFL.
This comes at the Tampa Bay Bandits expense, though. Memphis will replace the Bandits in the South, joining a division that features the reigning champs in the Birmingham Stallions.
Now, it’s quite interesting that the USFL decided to make this announcement today. This is no accident, by any means. The XFL is about to make some major moves by designating QB’s to their franchises. The spring football war is in full swing, with no signs of slowing down anytime soon.
The world of spring football is insane. It's supposed to be a monumental day for the #XFL, officially assigning QB's to their franchises.
With the Memphis Showboats joining the USFL, the league puts themselves in a position to develop a hub setting in the city. Last week, John Defilippo (New Orleans Breakers newly hired HC) reported that the league will have three hubs for 2023, with Memphis being one of them.
Considering that the USFL plans on putting a hub in Memphis, it goes to show that they believe in the market for the long term. Remember, the AAF was the last spring league to feature a team in the city, with the Memphis Express.
What a month it has been for the USFL. After announcing Defilippo’s hiring last week, the league now makes a major move heading towards their 2023 season.
As of right now, it appears as if former Bandits players, staff, and personnel (who are still under contract) will simply transfer to the Memphis Showboats franchise. Todd Haley will now take over for Memphis. Stay tuned for more updates on this exciting situation in the USFL.